- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 32mm | 320g
- Publication date: 1 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 085707363X
- ISBN 13: 9780857073631
- Sales rank: 2,012
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...
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By Belinda Loh 03 Oct 2013
Highly recommended for those who likes a dose of mystery and horror. This book is hauntingly beautiful. Great job Michelle Hodkin on your debut novel. I have always craved for such books but can't seem to find one that really meets my expectations. There are close ones. I found my love for such books after reading the first book of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard and can't seem to find close substitutes to it. I'm so glad that I read this book and it ended with a cliffhanger. Gaaah, I can;t get enough of this book. The characters are wonderful especially Mara and Noel. The events are really haunting and I'm in love with Michelle's writing. Its fits so perfectly with the plot. There were times where I was a confused as Mara, great job on that. Gaaah, the book's just too good. I doubt I'll be reading in the next few hours. Hopefully I can go back to reading.
Full review here:http://bit.ly/18TD2gT
By Sarah Elizabeth 22 Jul 2012
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
16-year-old 'Mara' (that's not her real name, but the name she's using), has recently survived an accident that killed her 2 friends and her boyfriend. Her parents tell her that she was in an abandoned asylum, and that the building collapsed on top of them, but Mara doesn't remember anything.
Convinced that what she needs is a fresh start somewhere else, Mara and her family move to Florida, and Mara enrols at a private school, where she makes friends with a boy called Jamie, and catches the attention of the beautiful and British Noah.
Things aren't going well for Mara though. She's been told that she's suffering from post-traumatic stress, but she's not sure if that covers the things that are happening to her - seeing her dead friends faces when she looks in a mirror, hallucinating things that aren't really there, and now, seeing people's deaths before they happen.
But is she just nuts, or is something else going on?
I have to say that I'm a bit confused over this book! Poor Mara is hallucinating, she's delusional, and at times it's very difficult to know what is real, and what is imagined! I did enjoy the book, and I did like the storyline, although I thought that it fell a little flat in places. I just found it quite difficult to work out what was real and what was a hallucination!
I liked Mara, as messed up as she was, and I liked Noah, although I felt there could have been a touch more romance in the story.
Even having finished the book there are certain things that are a mystery still, and I'm really not sure how to take the ending! It will certainly be interesting to find out what happens next!
7 out of 10.