Jan 28, 2013


Review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


This. Book. Is. Incredible! I loved it! Put it this way, I finished it in under twenty-four hours. That ought to tell you how amazing it is.

At the very beginning, one becomes hooked. We are informed of the protagonist being a girl who doesn't even know what her name is. Interesting? Well, there is more to the story. Apparently, there was an accident. A building collapsed. Tragic right? Or so we think up until we get further into the book and we find out the cause of the collapsed asylum. I did mention that the building was an old, dilapidated asylum? That is enough of foreshadowing to get you through the first several chapters. Up until the first death. Or should I say murder? What I love so much about this book is how much suspense there is! Every chapter ends so abruptly that you are eager to turn the page and see what happens next. It should be like that with every book, but sadly its not.

Now, the characters Noah Shaw: the sexy, British boy who plays the guitar, loves dogs and hates Florida. The one who everyone seems to think is a bad-boy but who deep down, is truly just a loving, sweet, sarcastic bad boy. See the difference? It seems as though he and the protagonist, Mara have a lot in common. More so than anyone has a right to believe.

Mara Dyer: The girl who all the drama is happening to. She has her own personal stalker. Doesn't that tell you how important she is? It should. She is the one who the psychologists are calling crazy, schizophrenic and trying to institutionalize. Sounds as though her life is the bomb, huh? On the bright side she is the..wait, I can't ruin the book!

When people think of crazy people, they think of white lab coats, pills, and probably even the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But this brings a whole new twist on what suspense, psycholgy and coo-coo is.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.


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