I’ve wanted to read Mara Dyer basically…FOREVER. For so many reasons. I mean, gawsh, look at that freaktastically gorgeous front cover, and then Cassandra Clare gave it the sticker of approval, and it’s about muuuuurder. This is a Cait Book. That is all.
JUST KIDDING. Totally not all. I have a list of reasons why it’s so suffocatingly glorious for you! And also a small list of reasons I frowned slightly. And dark creepy bookish photos. HERE WE GO.
A S T R O N O M I C A L L Y G L O R I O U S T H I N G S
- This book was so incredibly and deliciously creepy. SO MANY QUESTIONS. So many odd things go down.
- I basically knew nothing about it when I started, but if you’d like a little more detail, here’s the basic premise: Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital after an accident that killed all her friends. She remembers exactly zlich. But she has weird hallucinations and she is freaked out of her brain 60% of the time. They move to a new town and stuff just gets weirder. People dropping dead. Visions. Black outs. That sort of thing.
- It’s insanely addictive. Seriously. Forget your weekend plans at the local platypus petting zoo because this book will SWALLOW YOUR WHOLE DAY.
- The writing is just a pleasure to read. It’s fast and not bogged down in details or slowness.
- And the characters? LET US PAUSE TO SHOUT HUZZAH AT THE CHARACTERS. Firstly, there’s Mara’s family. Yes. She has a family!! I just…maybe I read the wrong books, but usually characters seem to be missing a parent, don’t have siblings, blah blah etc. Mara has BOTH parents and two brothers. (Hold me this is wonderful.) I adored her interactions with her big bro — they really looked out for each other! She lied a lot to her parents, but that was partly because A) she was going crazy with hallucinations and B) didn’t want her dad to lose his job because of that. Her little brother has as much personality as a toothpick but he exists. So that’s nice.
- Mara herself is a total unreliable narrator and very unhinged. It was hard to know if something was real or not. But that’s why I liked the story?! REAL OR NOT REAL, KATNISS. YOU TELL ME.
- Oh and Noah. Let’s talk about Noah. BUT HOW DO WE TALK ABOUT NOAH?! He’s a complex mess and reminded me so so much of Miles from Made You Up. He’s the love interest. He’s snarky and borderline mean and rich and intelligent and insufferable — but at the same time it hides how much he cares. And he has deep dark secrets. Mwahhaha. I liked him.
- I had 394839 questions right up until the end. And it didn’t drive me to screeches of annoyance — it just intrigued me. I loved the dark ethereal tone and the muuuurder mystery of it all.
S O M E D U B I O U S T H I N G S
- The book is VERY romance-y. Not that this is “bad” but for a murder mystery, I wish it had focused on the mystery more than the affectionate “I-hate-you-but-that-means-I-love-you”. So just be prepared for smooching between death. Okay? Okay.
- It gets confusing. Some of the circumstances are SO outrageous and unlikely I thought they’d end up being hallucinations…but…they weren’t? Hmm. I had to suspend disbelief a lot.
- The meaning of Mara’s name is kinda a spoiler. Don’t look up her name, obviously, if you don’t want to know!! But I knew already, because I’m a nerd, and I was 90% right in my finale predictions. So go me?
- Also Mara makes this really awesome friend at school called Jamie. But as soon as she and Noah become a couple, JAMIE IS DITCHED FROM THE STORY. I’m annoyed because he had potential but his precense now seems pointless. Also I hate when heroines can’t have friends once they get a boyfriend. Meeerp. There is life apart from your OTP, Mara.
I solidly loved the intense mystery and creepiness of this book! YAYAYAYA. The second I finished, I was on my library website reserving the sequel! (Which I’m lucky they had because they did NOT have the first book. Libraries…gah.) I do love a good paranormal flavoured murder mystery. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go check under my bed for monsters.
THANK YOU TO SIMON AND SCHUSTER AUSTRALIA. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (#1) by Michelle Hodkin was published 2011
Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
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