Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted March 15, 2018 by Vildea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book quite a bit despite some of it’s more somber themes. I’ve got a real weak spot for books that use the trope of people writing to each other without knowing who the other are. I’ve also read Kemmerers Elemental series and I know I enjoy her writing so I was really hoping I’d like this one.

When Juliet comes back to her mothers gravestone to find a reply on the letter she wrote to her, she’s furious. Who dares to intrude into the only form of conversation she can have with her mother now that she’s gone?

Declan meanwhile is trying to get through each day without ripping into his stepfather or thinking about what got him his community service to begin with.

Both are angry, both are wounded and both are lot more alike that than they initially want to admit. And they both need the brutal honesty that the other offers, but most of all they need the unwavering support and the nonjudgmental advice that they give each other. They share both painful memories, happier ones and they challenge each other. Neither lets the other run away, they both push each other to be better and they encourage each other when the other falters.

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, their conversations with each other obviously being one of them. However Kemmerers raw take on grief and how it can become all-consuming and almost blinding you to anything else felt honest and true. Because in different, yet similar, ways both Juliet and Declan are angry. However in both cases they discover that their anger might be misplaced and that their perception of how things were and are is tainted by that anger. The discovery, while painful, is also what allows both of them to grow and eventually let the past lie.

As they progress through their grief and their anger, they have each other. At first by letter and later also in person.

I’ve said before that the trope of not knowing who you write to is one I enjoy. And I really enjoyed how this one was portrayed and how the author used the trope.

Their reasons for not wanting to know, for not necessarily liking the answer and for being fearful for what it might mean ring true and honest.

Most of all, I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold and how they repeatedly ran into each other even before knowing who the sender of the letters were.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book just as much as I hoped I would. I could really feel for Juliet and recognize her anger as something I’ve felt myself. I felt for Declan and was enraged at how he ended up in the situation he was in. The secondary characters were all great! I’ve already pre-ordered Rev’s book and I can’t wait to see more of him and get to know him better because he was spectacular as a secondary character and an awesome best friend for Declan.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now I’m impatiently waiting for More Than We Can Tell to be released (which as of me writing this is tomorrow, which is soon, but not soon enough!).

four-half-stars

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