From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a captivating thriller about two teens who connect when each discovers a mysterious radio frequency, which suggests their family tragedies are mysteriously connected.
After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope–a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.
In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn’t been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal–a pattern coming from his brother’s bedroom.
Drawn together by these strange signals–and their family tragedies–Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything’s connected–even their pasts–as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that’s already here?
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The moment I heard this book existed, it was the exact moment I started a countdown until 2019. I’ve grown a full head of grey hair since then, but finally, it was in my grasps when I was lucky enough to find a copy at Yallfest this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you, book gods, because Stranger Things + one of my favorite authors ever brought me the goodness I was needing in my life.
This book features two different protagonists – Kennedy who is still reeling from a family horror and is dealing with the aftermath and Nolan who is still trying to figure out what happened to his older brother two years later after his mysterious disappearance. After strange things start happening with frequencies – whether it be in a telescope or a EMF meter trying to detect ghosts – Kennedy and Nolan discover something more is going on – and they’re both somehow connected to it.
Stranger Things is definitely a good comparison to this book. It totally has the same, cool vibe, and even though there was nothing really inherently scary or spooky in this book, it had a vibe that reminds me a cold, crisp Autumn night with the leaves rustling and shadows playing on the wall and you’re picking up your pace because IDK maybe the headless horseman gonna pop out. Miranda’s writing is always A+, but this was something extra cool, and I was reveling in the vibe.
The characters were pretty good. I liked both Kennedy and Nolan, and they were pretty good main characters. However, I didn’t really always feel the strongest connection to them? I feel like I got really wrapped up in the plot that I lost a bit of them and their voices in the midst of all the plot twists and turns. I would have liked a bit more depth to them, but I think they were pretty solid main characters. I definitely wanted them to get their HEAs.
The mystery was v. good. Miranda always kills it with her mysteries, and there were some great twists and turns. A lot of them I didn’t even see coming, but it made a lot of sense.
The romance was okay, too. I could see it coming, and I think I would have liked a little more depth, but it was still good.
Overall, this definitely lived up to the usual greatness that Miranda brings. Her writing and mystery skills are always A+, and she did not disappoint. The main characters were pretty good, but I wanted a bit more from them and the romance. Still, a very good read! 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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