Retribution of Mara Dyer- Review

Title: Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkins
Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Supernatural, Romance and Mysterious/Chilling
Rating: 8.5/10

Hey Guys! So, I read the first two Mara Dyer books earlier this year and I fell in love with this book series. It is about a girl called, Mara Dyer who is riddled by past experiences and when she moves to a new school and meets Noah Shaw, her whole life get thrown into madness. Mara Dyer claims she killed people but her parents think she is just traumatized by her life before she moved. It’s a lot of fun to read and it reminds me of an modern Agatha Christie meets Sherlock Holmes novel. The whole book is like an a thousand piece puzzle- there are so many mysteries that are thrown at you at the start but become more mysterious and complex as the story unravels! I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to the normal dystopian and supernatural books.


I love this book because all the supernatural occurrences can be backed by science. For example, the whole genetics thing backs up why Noah, Mara, Stella and Jamie have the powers- it all makes sense and it makes the book seem less cheesy. This book is definitely my favorite one out of all the book there was so much action and so many mysteries- it kept me on the edge of my seat.

We start off in the Horizons Mental Facility and creepy Dr Kells and Dr Wayne are telling Mara that the tests they run on her are perfectly safe. Mara really annoyed me at the start as she took the stupidest risks in the world. Like in the first few chapters, when Jamie and Stella clearly told Mara that the door with the radioactive sign was a trap, but Mara, being the reckless person as she is, still opened the door and became heavily sedated by Dr Kells and not to mention the other scene with the old van driver who let Mara, Jamie and Stella in his car but nearly killed Mara and Stella, in the bathroom. The pills inside Mara’s stomach didn’t really get that much of a resolution, we never really find out exactly what the pill did and we don’t really get a resolution on Stella- she just walked out and they never find her again. It would have been a nice touch if they had somehow come across Stella in the future. Jude being Dr Kells son wasn’t really a twist as it was obvious that Jude was somehow linked to Dr Kells.

I liked how Michelle linked back to the first book, with the genetics guide and Mara’s brother. I also like how she threw in the flashbacks to Mara’s grandmother because that way we find out more  about her situation and why Noah and Mara are the one’s that are so called, “chosen”.

The ending was definitely my favorite part and it didn’t slack off- it wasn’t a hasty ending. The whole killing ordeal was something that kept my eyes glued to the page- Mara was Noah’s weakness and Noah was Mara’s weakness. I liked how we don’t actually find out how Noah dies as it is mentioned in the book that Mara will love him to ruins- it’s a good little cliffhanger and I love how the ending relates back right to the start of the saga, “My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer said I had to chose something,”

I had a lot of fun reading this book and it definitely did not disappoint!