Normally, Jenn from Lost in a Great Book and I would have our wrap-up post with a link-up for your reviews on this month’s readalong.. however since Jenn has moved a little bit further away for work, we are more limited to when we can get together for brunch to discuss. Therefore, the review to close up this August readalong is today, but our brunch wrap-up post with link-up will be on Sunday or Monday.
Mara wakes up in the hospital after an accident that kills her friends. She has no memory of the incident and in fact, isn’t even sure of what her real name is. When her family relocates to Florida to get away from the tragedy, she tries to fit in at the private school that her and her brother are enrolled in while dealing with the flashbacks and nightmares. Attributing them to PTSD, Mara is reluctant to take meds or go through therapy until her hallucinations keep coming more and more frequently. What she uncovers about herself and her involvement with the accident leaves Mara and her new love interest stunned.
To be honest, I didn’t know too much of what the book was about. The book jacket synopsis is mysteriously vague and the gorgeous cover gives the impression of something to do with water. I don’t often like going into a book with no idea of what was going on but it worked out well in this case. I liked the mystery aspect to the plot and the uncertainty of what happened with her friends coupled with her eerie hallucinations kept me hooked. I’m conflicted on my thoughts of Noah, the love interest. While I am often partial to the bad boys, a lot of his actions seemed so contradictory & over-the-top to his bad boy label that I found myself rolling my eyes at times. The extravagance of his gestures sometimes seemed a bit contrived and I found the tour of his house a bit “Edward Cullen-esque” in its opulence. That being said, Noah is quite the charming character and, cheesy or not, he’s an interesting one to keep your eye on.
While I did really enjoy the story, one brief detail stuck out at me right from the first page that I couldn’t shake the whole way through. The book begins with a “handwritten” letter from Mara Dyer indicating that her lawyer asked her to pick a name since she couldn’t remember anything. So it’s established before the story even begins that Mara Dyer is not her real name. But right from the first chapter where she’s playing with a Ouija board pre-accident with her friends, there is so much emphasis on the fact that Mara is her name. I kept waiting for something to tie in that first handwritten page with the rest of the story since there was SO much attention to her name, whether it was how people pronounced it or how her parents were Mr. & Mrs. Dyer. I kept hanging onto that the entire way, wondering how that was going to loop back around with the way the story was going.
Setting that aside, however, I thoroughly devoured this book. I couldn’t put it down and needed to keep reading until I found out what was going on. Sometimes, you just have eto suspend your disbelief and enjoy an entertainingly creepy read. One good thing about waiting so long to get to this one is that I don’t have that long to wait for the sequel!