Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer deserves a special award, not only for being a spectacular, mysterious book that is a fantastic read, but because it was the first book in weeks that was able to capture my attention long enough for me to finish it. For a while, I’d had trouble endorsing myself in a novel, and had to jump back and forth from story to story, in weak attempts to land on a book that I found fascination with. Fortunately for me, I found The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Though full of stereotypical characters and somewhat commonplace paranormal activity, the suspense kept me flipping pages, and I relished in the mystery.

The writing was above average and the book started off extremely promising–to the point where I couldn’t put it down–but soon after, an avalanche was released, and with it tumbled down madness, insanity, and far too many details. It was overwhelming and confusing; I honestly could not keep up. It was as if the plot kept pushing the boundaries of paranormal, but didn’t quite cross the line and instead delivered loose clusters of supernatural innuendos. It felt like I was reading numerous plots from several genres.

The characters were humorous and interesting, but completely lack originality. A description of Mara would most likely describe around 80% of the characters that I’ve read before–all genres included.

Over everything, I think the strong point of this novel is definitely its element of mystery and suspense. Though it was sporadic and occasionally gave way to humour and romance, the unsettling feeling was omnipresent, and lurked in the corners of every page. It gave me the sense that danger was always near, and that anything could happen anywhere, at anytime.

Overall, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an intriguing, thrilling novel that I’d recommend to anyone looking for an eerie and suspenseful story, but unoriginal characters and an overwhelming plot gives this book a 3.5/5.


Amy Pan