Mara Dyer belongs to the Youth Adult category but, it can be so dark and violent that its public encompasses easily adults.
The teenagers in these books are troubled, and when I say troubled, I mean seriously troubled. They all suffer from heavy psychological conditions that range from paranoia to suicidal tendencies to extreme aggressive behaviors.
The story focuses on Mara. One day, she wakes up in a hospital with no memories of why she is there. She is told than an accident happened at the Tamerlane State Lunatic Asylum. Her two friends and her boyfriend died while she survived. She can't recall what happened and why they were there. To help her deal with her emotional issues resulting from the death of her friends, her parents move to Florida. But, Mara's psychological situation worsens as she begins to hallucinate. And, the problem with Mara is, what she wishes for, tends to become reality.
I finished yesterday the third book of the trilogy. While I liked it, I did not enjoy it as much as the two previous books which were really good. Probably because in one volume Michelle Hodkin has to explain everything related to the past two books. That said, I still recommend the trilogy to anyone as the series succeeds to mix many styles flawlessly. Paranormal-romance, psychological thriller, mystery... It is hard to categorize the book.
I read on a forum the review written by a fan who called the series "hauntingly beautiful". I could not agree more. The story is riveting. And, the murky atmosphere adds to it. Finally, a book for young readers which do not deliver empty moral messages. Mara is not an innocent hero. She has very loose morals and a very b*tchy mouth. And, before the story is over she will have a lot of blood on her hands.
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster