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When I started reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I was excited. I liked the writing style, it had an eeriness to it. I kept reading finding myself drawn into the mystery of Mara's accident and, like Mara herself, questioned whether all the stranger visions were insanity or reality. I liked Mara and I liked the supporting characters. Then over half way through the book things get weird. Not weird in a good way either.
Hodkin's intricate and haunting story jumps off the cliff and starts running, but its like a chicken with its head cut off. We're slammed with a lot of information and it becomes a nonsensical whirlwind. The plot is so muddled at the end I just wanted it to be over. That's the whole problem with Mara Dyer, you spend the entire book attempting to make sense of things only for them to make less sense at the end then in the beginning.
This book had such a promising beginning, but in the end it fell prey to the author's inability to write an ending. Since we know the book has a sequel it seems Hodkin decided to rush through her explanations and didn't seem to care about the end of this book. I'm assuming that the real story, the one the author wants to tell is in the sequel, and this book had to be written in order to get there. This seems to be a problem with many YA books these day, the authors are in such a rush to write the next book they speed through the previous one and it makes things sloppy.
That said I don't think I'll be reading the sequel, but Michelle Hodkin shows promise and I'd be willing to try another book from her in the future.