Made for You by Melissa Marr
Summary:Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive.
Ever since I finished Dangerous Girls, I have been searching far and wide for a book that would blow my mind in the same brilliant and twisted way. And while I can’t quite say that Melissa Marr’s Made for You quite lived up to those high expectations, I did appreciate what it had to offer.
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital after a hit-and-run accident, she dismisses it as an unfortunate accident. But when her classmates and acquaintances start being murdered, she realizes that it’s not as accidental as it looks and that someone is after her…
Marissa Marr’s writing is one of the highlights of the story. While it was especially beautiful or eloquent, it did manage to really get into the heads of the characters. The story is narrated from three POVs: Eva’s, her best friend Grace’s, and the mysterious killer – dubbed “Judge.” Each POV has a unique and distinguishable feel to it, making this an extremely readable story.
However, what disappointed me most was how predictable the mystery was. As a mystery, it was suspenseful and well-written. There is tension, a ton of different suspects, and decent attempts at creating red herrings. The only thing we know about the murderer is that Eva knows him personally; and this one fact makes you race through the pages to find the culprit. However, once that really revelation came, I felt a bit underwhelmed. Despite the author’s attempts to throw me off track from discovering the culprit, I was still able to predict who this murderer was; and thus the reveal was not the mind-blowing one I wished it would be.
Even moreso, there are some paranormal elements here that I felt seemed a bit out of place. When Eva wakes up in the hospital after the accident, she has this revelation that if she touches someone, she will be able to see their deaths.
These paranormal elements felt, more than anything, like a plot convenience to keep the plot moving at a break-neck pace. However, I personally was annoyed by them because there was never any scientific or logical explanation as to why she got these powers; and, being a murder mystery, it felt a bit out of place as well.
As a protagonist, I found Eva to be decent. She wasn’t especially memorable, but she was decent enough. She makes logical decisions and her thought process makes sense.
All in all, a decent murder mystery. The sporadic chapters written from the point of view of the murderer are twisted and wonderfully written; and the book as a whole will make you turn the pages faster than possible in anticipation of discovering the culprit. Even though the revelation itself is a bit underwhelming, it’s still worth the read.