Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. - Goodreads.com
Wow! This story was not at all what I expected, but that was just fine and dandy. I was absolutely blown away by this book! It's probably one of my favorite books of the past year. Wow. Okay.... let's see if I can articulate here.
The characters in this story were amazing. I loved Mara, I felt so bad for her, and I cheered her on relentlessly. It was agonizing to watch her go through her symptoms, experiencing hallucinations and delusions, not knowing what they mean, and being treated as if she was crazy, even when she knew no better than to agree with them. It was so hard watching her family treat her that way, even if you suspect that there's a lot more going on than just a psychological problem. You just wanted to grab her parents and shake them. Although their actions are born out of their love for her.
Noah. Wow, what a guy. I fell in love with him immediately. He has that player reputation, and yeah, I guess it's kind of deserved, but at the same time, there's so much more to him than that, and he shows it in little bits and pieces when he's with Mara. Definitely a perfect example of a "bad boy with a heart."
One thing I did love here was that their relationship was in no way an insta-love type scenario. It takes a long time for anything to build there...and it kind of starts out more as a friendship than anything else, even though there's an undeniable attraction. That's what made it so great.
This book had definite moments of eerie strangeness and suspense that I just loved. There were quite a few scenes in the book that raised the hair on my arms, but I love it!! I'm so eager for the next book because, of course, this one ends with an extraordinary cliffhanger. Thankfully, I already have the next book and have started reading. Yay!
Look for book two: