Book Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


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Book 3/3

Synopsis: Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. 
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution.

My thoughts:

I was debating whether to give this book 3 stars or 4, and ended up deciding on 3. I really enjoyed this book and this series, but this book didn’t feel like a conclusion and I felt that so much was missing. I know there is another book coming out called The Shaw’s confession, but I wanted everything to be answered and tied up nicely in this 3rd and final book.

If I’m going to be honest, I was pretty disappointed and unsatisfied with the lack of answers in this book. Book 2 was mostly set up for the questions, and I was hoping that by the end of this book everything was going to click, but for me it never really did. They did investigate, and some questions were answered, but there were still questions and plot holes left. I felt that there were so many things that were being kept from Mara and the crew and that was a bit frustrating for me. I really wanted to know more about the professor and hoped that he would interact with them, but he never did. I was hoping that he would just tell them everything, and who he was exactly. He somewhat did in the letters they got, but again I just felt like he was holding back. I don’t know if that’s just me or if I missed something but something, I can’t pinpoint exactly, was missing.

David, Noah’s dad, what was up with him? He was just so nonchalant about everything, it was strange. Then he just disappeared, why didn’t the police mention anything about him? It’s as if he was never there. I mean didn’t the kids tell them? Jude, who was a pretty important villain (misunderstood hero? I don’t know), just became completely useless in this book. And was only there for convenience of other characters, and I was kind of sad about that. I was waiting for his villainous monologue/explanation to ensue but it never did, he just stood there, doing nothing.

I am however, really happy that Daniel was told the truth and was there to help them investigate, even if this had nothing to do with him. I was just glad that there was someone in Mara’s family that believed and tried to understand her. She deserved it after the hell she went through. I was quite sad to see Stella leave and was hoping she was going to come back towards the end. She was a bit annoying but she was still pretty important and I wanted to know what her letter said.

I really liked how action packed this book was, I was never bored and the change in Mara was very interesting to read. It was hard not to back her up and agree with her, especially during the metro scene. I feel that if I were Mara at that moment, I probably would have reacted the same, am I just crazy? Probably.

As a whole I loved this series. I loved the characters, found the plot to be pretty unique and loved the paranormal/creepy factor. However, I just wish that there were more answers than questions but, I guess now I’ll have to wait for the The Shaw’s confessions (ugh. I need it now!).

Would I recommend this series? Yes, I would.

Have you read this book, if so, did you like it or dislike it ? Let me know!

Thanks for reading ❤


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