The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Source: Hardcover Gift
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can 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 mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the epitome of intoxicating. Readers will find themselves wavering between reality and Mara’s mind, unraveling as she does.
The story is dark, at times diving to such depths of darkness, you’ll be grasping for whatever hold you can. Those who are dead show up in the midst of the living. Those who are alive suddenly appear dead. Things misplace themselves, rooms alter.
Is it your mind or is it the story? Michelle Hodkin takes readers on a physicological thrill-ride that will leave your mind buzzing, your eyes tearing from lack of sleep, and you heart pounding. She tactfully blurs the line between what is real and what is not.
And as Mara journeys toward her ‘unbecoming’, readers will journey towards their ‘undoing’. Its safe to say The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will have you questioning your grasp on reality, your insanity.
Mara Dyer is the one who’s steadily falling towards insanity, I assure you. But we experience it with her, in her mind. Seeing what she sees – and what she doesn’t. You’ll feel sorry for her, pity, and you’ll feel angry for her, because of her loss and her pain.
The plot itself doesn’t involve bad guys or running away from an enemy – unless you consider your own mind as an enemy. But despite its seemingly action-lacking front, Michelle Hodkin’s debut is no less enthralling. You’ll be hooked to the book, unable to let go until the end – which will leave you reeling.
My only regret? Not picking this one up sooner. Michelle Hodkin is one good writer.