Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw trilogies. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.
Gr 9 Up-Veins of romance and spiritualism run through this taut psychological novel. In this second part of a proposed trilogy, 17-year-old Mara wakes up in a psychiatric ward, not knowing how she got there. She does not believe that her evil ex-boyfriend, Jude, died in the building collapse in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (S & S, 2011); instead, he is alive and stalking her. Thrown into the mix is Mara's belief that the building collapsed because she wished that it would. Mara's new boyfriend, Noah, believes her, but her doctors and parents think that she is delusional, paranoid, and has PTSD. The high level of suspense never lets up. Mara is the narrator, but her stints in psych wards and her regular doses of antipsychotic meds beg the question: Is she reliable? Mara believes that the bloody message written on the bathroom mirror, the mutilated cat on the patio, and the spooky doll retrieved from the trash are Jude's ways of taunting her. Is he responsible for these acts or is Mara? Tension escalates as Mara and Noah uncover clues but find no answers. Are Mara's unnerving dreams really memories belonging to her dead grandmother? The unusual charm that Noah wears on a cord around his neck is nearly identical to the one Mara finds hidden in a doll that belonged to her grandmother. Suspenseful, romantic, and spooky, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is one terrific yarn.-Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.