Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
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.
“A psychological thriller with a supernatural twist” with some romance thrown in there as well. Michelle Hodkin’s description of her book is spot on. This book has such an eerie, mysterious feel to it that when reading, I got chills. Hodkin literally had me wondering the whole novel, and I absolutely love when that happens. It was so masterfully written that the reader can’t figure anything out until the end, when she wants you to find out. Despite some of the foreshadowing, there was still an unknown element that kept that mysteriousness Hodkin was after.
The romance is so sublime and easy that it is hard not to fall in love with the idea of Mara and Noah together. Despite the somewhat cliche aspect of Noah being the school playboy and falling hard for the shy new girl, once it is revealed why he had that instant connection to her, every cliche that could be thought of in that situation flies right out of the window.
The ending killed me. So unbelievably clever and mind blowing. I don’t think anyone who reads this book or who has already read it will see that happened coming. This is why this book was so fantastic in my opinion. Nothing could be anticipated.
The first character I really loved was Daniel. His devotion to his sister and her happiness and well being is refreshing to see in a sibling in a book when so often older siblings can be non existent even though they do exist. He is geeky but confident and I always looked forward to scenes that had him in them.
One of my other favourites is Noah. And I know that is usually the case with the main love interest in a book, but let me tell you, it would be impossible not to fall hard for Noah Shaw. He is mysterious, rebellious, charming, disheveled in a way that he strives for, sexy, compassionate and so many more that I could go on for way too long. Despite him being the kind of typical rich, good looking British male character that is so popular, Noah is such a deeper character than that. His connection with Mara is so undeniable and inevitable, without being cheesy. They keep each other on their toes with their banter and quick wit.
Mara is such an unreliable main character but that’s what keeps this book so interesting. She believes she is going out of her mind, and her hallucinations keep the reader trying to guess what is real and what is her imagination playing tricks on her.
I’m sure by this point you know I absolutely loved this book. Mysterious, clever, witty, romantic, and it has the underlying supernatural aspect that I got sucked into trying to figure out. Noah and Mara’s relationship developed at a great pace, just enough information was revealed through the book in order to keep the reader wanting to devour the book to find out more. It was mysterious and suspenseful with beautiful prose and even more beautiful characters.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a great romance filled with intrigue and a mystery leaving you questioning yourself on every page.
I give The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin