Saturday, 24 December 2011
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.
There are so many things I want to say about this book - but many of them would give the whole thing away to anyone who may want to read it, so I'm going to try containing myself as much as possible.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a pure delight. It's intelligent, captivating, thrilling, funny and yet darkly twisted and creepy. Nothing in the book is done in a half-hearted manner; everything has been so clearly well-planned and written with such conviction that the force of the novel becomes even greater.
Mara is an exceptional character. She is deeply disturbed and confused, but we not only seen the serious, anxiety-ridden side of her character, but also a lighter, humourous side too. There were moments in the novel that caught me so off-guard, they became even funnier, but the skill behind the novel meant that I would often switch between laughter and something that definitely resembled fear in an instant, exhibiting the truly twisted nature of the book.
There is a lot more to say about Mara's character though. She is a loyal, moral and strong-willed character, who despite her lack of certainty about herself, is still able to decide what she feels is right (whether it turns out to be the right decision or not).
Noah adds another interesting dimension to the novel. There isn't a lot I can say about him without giving too much away, but I can say that the relationship between him and Mara is compelling and intriguing. Despite the difficulties that Noah is presented with, he continues unperturbed, to get to know and love Mara for who she is. Even on his own, he is an extremely compelling character - especially, as one of the reviews on the back of the book says, if you like your heroes dark.
However, are the problems that end the novel going to be too much for their already fragile relationship? I can't wait to find out!
The end of the novel is left on such a cliffhanger - not only will I be waiting impatiently for the in the series, but I won't be able to get this one out of my mind at all.
This is definitely an addictive and darkly thrilling page-turner, and I highly recommend it.
Just a little note at the end here, to say that I won my copy of this one from the wonderful Amy at Following the Reader blog. You guys should definitely head down there and follow her! She's a really great blogger :)
Posted by Dani Cotton at 17:26