The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin Review (Spoiler Free)



Summary: In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.


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★★★★☆ 3.5/5


Beginning not long after the end of The Retribution of Mara Dyer, The Becoming of Noah Shaw sees Noah, Mara, Daniel, Jamie, and friends reunited in New York under dire circumstances. Gifted people are dying, seemingly committing suicide, but with Noah’s gift, he discovers that not all is as it seems.

Pair this with his own family struggles, Noah has more than enough on his plate. With friends new and old involved, Noah and the others try to figure out what’s going on and who’s causing it. But can he truly trust the people he’s surrounded himself with? And is Mara Dyer really the person he’s been warned of?

I’ve been excited for this book ever since it was announced. With the ending to Mara’s trilogy leaving me wanting more and so many questions unanswered, it definitely felt needed. So why am I sat here, having finished it barely ten minutes ago, feeling like I expected more?

Now, I know Noah is a little shit of a character and we got to see some of his point of view in The Retribution, but this felt… annoying. Noah is such a frustrating character, he’s in denial for most of the book and after loving him and his asshole self in the Mara Dyer trilogy, I realise I loved him and his ways from Mara’s point of view and not his own.

Noah aside, Mara is just as bad. I get that characters change but I just wanted to smack both her and Noah’s heads together.

Hopefully the sequel will be better as the plot isn’t too bad and has potential, but was this worth the wait? The excitement? For me, no. Others might enjoy it, might enjoy a more in-depth look into Noah’s head and how he sees things.

Maybe I’ll love Noah again in the sequel, but until then, we’re on a break.


Did I like the book? In parts

Did I love it? No

Would I recommend it? Hmm. Depends how much you love Noah and how much you can put up with him, but probably not. If you finish it at the end of Mara’s trilogy, he’ll always be the asshole we love.




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