Published by Simon and Schuster on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Dating & Sex, Family, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Mara Dyer doesn’t know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and “strong, inventive tale” (Kirkus Reviews).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. After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous. This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
My thoughts: I absolutely loved Michelle Hodkins debut novel! I loved the characters, I loved the mystery and the ending left me eagerly anticipating the next book!
Mara is struggling to remember the accident that killed her best friend and boyfriend but she also wants to escape all the memories that surround her so she and her family uproot and move to Florida. But dealing with survivors guilt is hard enough without having to deal with the ins and outs of a new new school and she’s not off to the best start by attracting the attention of the hottest guy on campus, Noah. Mara has no interest in Noah…at first. I loved Mara’s attitude and her snarky remarks to him, but Noah doesn’t give up and slowly Mara begins to warm to his affections and see the true inner Noah. As their relationship develops and as she slowly begins to remember the accident, Mara begins to trust him with her past and the strange things that have been happening to her and as the mystery deepens Noah has a mystery of his own. The plot is well developed, fast paced and the ending leaves the reader wanting more.
“The trees, sidewalk and the flashing lights spun around me as I felt it: the first unmistakable snarl in the delicate fabric of my sanity.” p. 81