All of Miranda's books deal with powerful themes about life and death and what it means to live after the untimely death of a friend or family member. She weaves in the paranormal beautifully, and adds a touch of action/adventure, suspense and dare-I-say-it occasionally even horror. Miranda's writing has gone from strength to strength in each of her books. While I felt there were some loose ends in Fracture (which are still somewhat loose in Vengeance), I wouldn't say the same about her next two books. She's really mastered the art of weaving contemporary fiction with paranormal mystery, but tying everything together into a satisfying conclusion at the end. There's always a touch of romance in her books and Vengeance is no exception. Here, Decker struggles to balance his powerful love for Delaney with what her "gift" or "curse" of sensing impending deaths of others really means for her, for him, and for them as a couple.
I love that the lake has a central role to play in this story- Falcon Lake, the body of water that almost took Delaney from Decker in Fracture. We are reminded in the Vengeance prologue that Decker made a promise to the fates that he could cope with losing anyone else (no, EVERYONE else - and that's important) if Delaney could just live. Now, he is challenged to face what that could really mean. I don't want to give away any more of the plot. But anything goes as Decker faces the consequences of the promise he made to the fates and has to figure out how much of what subsequently happens around him is his fault, or rather the result of very human foibles, or both. I hope Miranda keeps writing for a long time because her books just keep getting better and better.