The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

unbecoming_cover_200The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Michelle Hodkin. Psychological thriller. 2011. 456 pages. 3 stars. [Source: eBook]

“I was warned about you, you know.”
And with that half-smile that wrecked me, Noah said, “But you’re here anyway.”

Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed.
There is.

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

This book was requested for me to review. I had no plans reading this since I heard it was somewhat a psychological thriller and, well, I’m a wuss. A big wuss. Alas, I still read the first book and I actually found it quite nice.

Let’s start with Mara. What the hell. I didn’t know if I could trust what I was reading. The scenes changed too quickly for my liking and I was left confused 80% of the time until the last paragraph or two of the book. With the hallucinations and the antipsychotics she was medicated with, I seriously didn’t know what to believe.

Noah Shaw, though, changed the entire game. Damn, Noah. What just happened? Are you real?? Are. You. Real? Noah was so aggravating(ly hot) that I forgot this book was considered a psychological thriller—is it even actually considered as such?!

Plot wise, it took a turn that I didn’t quite like. You know how you have a plot theory already in your head, and you’re so sure that would be the plot, but no, everything just kinda, like, took a total 180 from what you were expecting and you’re so ????? what’s happening?? That happened to me.  It was so far from my expectations that I had an actual migraine from reading it around 3/4 of the way. Noah and Mara actually remind me of another couple in another book that I really like  b u t  I refuse to reveal this information due to spoilers!!!

Overall, the first book only revealed half of the truth and many questions have still yet to be answered. So yes, I am going to read the next book. When? I don’t know. I have mixed feelings with this book. I liked it, but a part of me is still bitter that the plot didn’t stick to what I hoped it would be. (Immature, I know. I’m trying to fix that!) Although, with that being said, I can guarantee you that a review of the next book will be coming sooner than everyone thinks due to my undying curiosity about that damn plot twist. I need to know what the hell is going on.

3 stars. Could have been better. But I still like it.

7 Replies to “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)”

  1. You will not follow the story if you do not know about psychology and PTSD, really. But you are right about Noah Shaw. Also, I think you should take the plot twists a good thing since authors tend to stick with the first thing in their minds and together with their future readers, but Hodkin refused to follow the herd. I do hope the following books will clear things up and if you’d like to do reasearch, you’ll truly enjoy the companions to this book.


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