Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

I have always been wanting to read this series, more so because of the creepy feeling it gives out. Going in, I had a very vague idea of what it might be, so it was pretty confusing as it was a psychological thriller-slash-urban fantasy. This first book mostly goes into setting up Mara’s and Noah’s relationship – it is a bit insta love-y at the start but by the end it makes more sense. So, Mara – she is this PTSD patient who finds out that she actually can cause what she thinks to happens in real life. Naturally, her being a survivor of a trauma means that she is also an unreliable narrator, which is apparent by the numerous hallucinations and blackouts she has throughout the book. Noah, who despite knowing this, doesn’t run away from her like she expects. Instead, together they try to find out what her powers mean and how she can do the things she can.

The writing and the plot keeps you in suspense pretty much throughout, and with Mara’s consciousness a fragile thing, it is difficult to ascertain what events are real and what are her imagination, and what are supernatural. As she finds that her powers are getting more out of her control (if they ever were), she is scared of what she is becoming. It is very sad thing to watch, her suffering but not being able to say anything about it to anyone except Noah. Her family, while supportive, have a trigger finger on the button to psychiatric care, and she wants to avoid that fate. So, Noah is pretty much her rock, even if she finds him infuriating and arrogant in the beginning; he turns out to be pretty decent actually despite all the bad boy character tropes at the start.

The ending was a like a major cliffhanger, with preconceived ideas being overturned and the possibility of a new big bad looming. Overall, it is an interesting start to the series and I am intrigued as to where it will go.

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