Release date: March 21st 2017
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.
Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.
I really love when an author takes a plot I’ve seen quite a few times before and adds a very unique spin to it. In this case, a girl dealing with her brother’s death and not accepting the answers the police were giving because, to her, it didn’t sound like her brother. There were plenty of twists, a great friendship, a slow burn romance, and a lot of historical facts added to the overall story.
Megan loved scrap-booking, always taking random papers from places she’d been to remember or to add to a collage later. By going through her brother’s belongings, she discovered an ability to see memories attached to certain objects and it was a way for her to investigate the circumstances of his death. Her abilities seemed to be a form of psychometry which I found interesting, especially as she learned more about what she could do. Her investigation led her to get closer to her brother’s best friend and to get re-acquainted with an older friend of her own. Another thing I liked was getting to see the flashbacks and the memories where Megan and Tyler were together. They were obviously close.
I really liked the supporting characters, especially Nathan and Eric. Nathan was a strong presence that was protective and calming, most of the time, while Eric added humour and support. Megan’s parents also play important roles in the story. They’re grieving for their son and trying to protect their daughter from what the police are telling them as truth. There were many times Megan would notice changes in her parents’ behaviours.
I also enjoyed the addition of the historical aspect to the plot. The assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth played a big role in the story. Tyler had a book about him, her mother worked at the Ford’s Theater Museum, and there were many artifacts that linked to the night of the assassinations, objects that had memories attached that Megan could see. The deeper Megan’s investigation went, the more memories she saw, the more it felt like she was so close to figuring everything out. That meant I had to keep reading because I didn’t want to stop and have a huge clue be right in the next chapter.
Overall, it was a really addicting read. I was sucked into the mystery and I loved the characters.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.