“We’re all united by grief, and somehow divided by the same thing.”
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-travelling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope. 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 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 discovers truths that might tear them apart.
Trigger Warnings for Grief and Suicidal Thoughts.
It is a well known fact that I love Brigid Kemmerer. Letters for the Lost is the third book I have read of hers in this month, I just can’t get enough. Contemporary books are not my genre of choice. However, reading Fantasy all the time can be draining so I like to have a break with the odd Contemporary book.
Letters for the Lost hit me hard. What an emotional filled 400 pages. I feel joy all while I’m so heartbroken. I absolutely love Brigid Kemmerer’s writing style, every time I pick up one of her books I get lost and really struggle to put the book down. The raw emotion from both Juliet and Declan really resonates through the pages. I felt attached to these fictional characters so much so that with each and every tear in their heart I felt it in mine too. I’m not one for romance, and I made the assumption going into this that there was going to be all the romance and not a lot of plot as this is what I find with most books like this. I should never have doubted Brigid, whilst there was an element of romance it wasnt entered around the romance and the whole “I’ve fallen in love with someone I don’t even know” didn’t exist.
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book, I enjoyed reading the letters and then the thoughts and feelings of the character that the letter is written to. This helped the plot flow and really kept me interested throughout. The character development through these letters is really apparently with Declan. At first you assume he’s just another teenage idiot that needs to sort himself out. However, as you get to know him you actually realise he is a lost soul that has been through so much in his short life. You begin to understand his behaviour. At the start of the book I wanted to punch Declan in the face, now I just want to give him a big hug.
I feel like Rev may have been my favourite character in all of this. I mean I know he was a side character but I just loved him so much. That poor boy has been through so so much in his short life. He is so misunderstood. His parents are so amazing, he is just a wonderful character. I ordered the next book immediately after putting this one down because I just needed more of this wonderful human.
Some of the reveals absolutely killed me. The ending broke my heart but to see Juliet’s relationship with her dad blossom because of the circumstances really warmed my heart. I adored it. I also loved how Declan’s relationship grew with his family. Alan and his mother are arseholes and I spent the whole of the book fuming about how they treated Declan and blamed him for everything. However, the outcome of this relationship actually made me happy and I am glad about how it turned out.
I would recommend this book to everybody, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me smile and it made me frown. Honestly this book is absolutely amazing and I would recommend that everybody read it. I immediately went online and bought the next one and I cannot wait for it to arrive.