September 10, 2011

Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
author  Michelle Hodkin
to be published September 27, 2011
source Around the World Arc Tours

Goodreads summary:
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.

One of the most intriguing opening sentences ever is:
"My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something.  A pseudonym."

The story opens with Mara and her friends "playing" with a Ouija board.  Remember those?   This gives off an omnious atmosphere.   The chapters are short and end with sentences that make you want to rush to the next chapter.   Example: "Six months later, they were both dead."

One nitty-gritty point I had was that Mara's family (both parents are professionals) packed up and quickly  moved to another state within a few weeks after Mara's accident simply because Mara wanted to.  What about their clients and practices?   Not that easy to set up new practices right away in this economy.

By the time I reached the end of the book, there was a bit of confusion, so I had to read backwards to clarify some points in my mind.   Great sentences and great intrigue at the beginning,  however, 450 pages is quite too many.

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