Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
When I started reading this book, it was already past my bedtime. I had just finished another book – a very intense, serious book that took me a little longer than usual to read. It left my head in a funny space. I was still feeling too “awake” to fall asleep, and this was sitting on my nightstand – next in my never-ending TBR pile.
So I picked it up. Thought I’d read a chapter or two, then go to sleep. 270-some pages later, and I’d flown through over two-thirds of the book — and only forced myself to stop because it was past 2am, and I had to get up for work in the morning. But then I eagerly dove back into it on my lunch break and finished the rest of it after work that evening.
I literally couldn’t stop reading this book. I wanted to slow down and savor it — but these characters would not leave me alone! This story wouldn’t let me go!
The breeziness of the letter-writing certainly drew me in instantly, and the whole “they know each other, but don’t know it’s each other they’re writing letters to” plot may have been done before, but not in this way. Not so well. Kemmerer crafted her story in such a way that it completely sucked me in and refused to let go, even after finishing the last page. (Thank goodness there’s going to be a companion novel about one of my favorite side characters coming out next year!)
But it wasn’t just Declan and Juliet that kept me invested in the story. I loved the peripheral characters, too — and the individual plots of Juliet and Declan, and the very different, very separate tragedies and challenges facing them. I have an especially soft spot for Juliet’s dad, and I loved seeing their relationship grow and strengthen over the course of the book — but that’s not to take away from the others who give this story life and flavor and nuance.
Basically, I loved everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the execution, the writing — every element comes together perfectly, and the result is an impossible-to-put-down saga about love, friendship, forgiveness, grief, and family. Look for Letters to the Lost in stores April 4th.