Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Warnings: Some mature themes
Summary: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
This book came out nearly three years ago, when I read it. I remember reading it and thinking it was incredible, that the twists and turns this book took left me turning the pages faster than ever. The story follows Mara Dyer, a girl who moves to a new town in hopes of escaping her strange past. Here she meets Noah, a mysterious boy that could be something more—but just as Mara is about to find out, something shocking is revealed that leaves you breathless and pining for the sequel.
I really, really, really enjoyed this book. The writing was fantastic, the plot was great, the characters were good (I would’ve liked for them to be a bit more whole, but overall, I liked them), and the suspense that’s woven into every page is enough to keep you reading and reading and reading. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes paranormal thrillers and suspense. Also, can we talk about the cover? It’s gorgeous!
I gave this book 5/5 stars on goodreads.