Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.
But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether… [Goodreads]
From the general review atmosphere, I’ve heard mixed things about this book. Some people hate it and some people love it. I was a bit wary about picking this book up but I know I’ll regret having not given it a go. So negative reviews brushed aside, I read.
I went into the book with a mindset that it’d have a similar storyline as The Slated trilogy by Terri Terry, who’s a UKYA author – I did a mini review for the trilogy here). Whereas Slated has a more futuristic/dystopian feel to it, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer seemed to border more in contemporary.. with a twist of paranormal. It was surprisingly easy to slip into this book, because of it’s realism elements. There was a point that I did find it quite haunting (maybe because I read this before I went to sleep), especially with the supernatural elements. When I first saw the cover, I never paired it up to be as dark as it is and it has definitely been a surprisingly good read.
The final third of this book was a bit of a shame… There was a sudden “shift” and the action seemed to suddenly pick up. The ‘bad’ happenings just kept piling on at a pace that didn’t seem as natural as the pages before. It was rushed and there wasn’t enough time to let information sink in because of this. Especially with the twist. There was no time to enjoy (? is that the wrong word ?) the things that were happening or even feel anything because one second one thing happened and then straight after that another thing happened. It was like a race to the finish line.