This is the first book in a trilogy. It is supposed to be kinda creepy and suspenseful. The best way, my favorite way, to go into these books is with as little knowledge as possible. The back cover says:
You wake up with no memory of the last few days. Your friends were killed in an accident that you miraculously survived. Your family has to move to another state to escape the fallout. You meet a mysterious boy who seems to know more about your past than you do. You start seeing things that can’t possible be there. You are afraid you are losing your mind. Can you keep it together? Mara Dyer is about to find out.
The basis of this book is a girl, named Mara Dyer, wakes up in the hospital after a building collapses. Her and three of her friends were in the building with her at the time of the collapse, but she is the only one left alive. To get away from the area she grew in and all the memories located there, her and her family move from Rhode Island to Florida. That is all you need to know going into this book.
I really enjoyed this novel. It was a great way to continue my creepy month. I am also reading this series as a buddy read with a girl in a group on Goodreads. The writing is great and the premise is so much fun. The characters were great, and there is a character for everyone. The cast is quite diverse, for how small it is. There is so much this author can do with this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA and needs a slightly creepy, but not to scary book for the month of October.
I really enjoyed the way this book was put together. The only thing I didn’t like was the way it went more paranormal than murder mystery. I think it would have been more fun if someone was killing the people, not just Mara doing it herself with her mind. It would have been so much better and more suspenseful wondering who this mystery killer was. Regardless, it was still a cool aspect.
The PTSD flashbacks and hallucinations were a very important part of this book. It helps you understand how badly she feels like she is going crazy. It gives some insight into what the character is feeling. And the nightmares were a great way to relay what happened at the asylum.
Jude is fucking alive! What the fuck?! But at the same time, what if he was also just a hallucination? He didn’t react, so what if he was a different person, she just saw his face. If Jude is still alive, and in Florida, I’m a little scared. I am also excited to see how the next book plays out.