Friday, August 26, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - review

It starts with a birthday, an Ouija board, and a risky night spent in an abandoned asylum. Then Mara wakes up from a coma, her friends are dead, and she has no memory of anything that happened that night. She has flashbacks, hallucinations, nightmares and ultimately her family moves to Miami, Florida to help her move on. But she’s falling apart.

The question is: how do you move on when you see your dead best friend when you look in the mirror? Or relive parts of that night every night? What is wrong with Mara? Is she going mad? She has no explanation, no one to turn to, and disaster seems to follow her. On top of everything, her father is defending a man accused of murdering a young girl.

This is a thrilling, keep you on the edge of your seat kind of book, more horror story than anything else. It twists and it turns and although you can guess at much of it, it still takes you by surprise The heroine is troubled, yes, but feisty and capable. This is by turns edgy, scary, and curl your toes romantic. There is a secret, well many secrets. And there is Noah Shaw, a wonderful counterpoint to Mara. And oh, the ending. I can’t tell you more but you need to read this.

Best of all, she's coming to Kepler's on sunday October 9th (with the ever-wonderful Becca Fitzpatrick) so all readers in the Bay Area can come and meet her.


BellaColella said...

WOW it really sounds SOOOOO good!! I am so reading this sooner then later!! good review!;)bella

Kait said...

I read this book in one sitting. It was so good I couldn't put it down. The story pulled me in & wouldn't let me go.

UK said...

Mara ends up falling for the school's most gorgeous guy, Noah Shaw. He got to me the second he spoke with his English/British accent. *swoons* Noah started off as a real jerk and a total player, and I'm using that loosely. He's arrogant, slick, and dark. Of course underneath there's a whole different guy who I don't even know. I loved everything about this book. From the original plot to the characters developments, especially the characters themselves.