The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) Book Review

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) by Michelle Hodkin

Publication: November 13th, 2018

Genre: Ya Paranormal 

Rating: fivestars-02


Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!
Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.
Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.
Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not. 
Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

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OH-MY-GOD!!!!!! I am dying with this series. Hodkin is killing and she knows it too. Every page is a new twist that keeps my heart pounding. Noah Shaw is a man after my heart and Hodkin needs to let my children breathe. This book is similar to book two of Mara Dyer as Mara is not in it the way Noah was not in the that one. But I love that because we get a deeper sense of Noah and his mind. Hodkin still has a great sense of adding in plot twists that keep you guessing and keep you on your toes. The Reckoning of Noah Shaw picks up right where book one left off. I don’t want to say too much because you have to go into this blind but THAT ENDING WAS NOT FAIR. But what I will say is Noah learns a lot himself and his feelings. Noah starts off really hating himself and works towards uncovering all the secrets regarding the life him and Mara and the over have. While he is not yet the man he will become the story leaves room for his growth the way the Mara Dyer story did. I can not wait for the explosive ending. 


Noah continues to grow as a person. But I loved this book because although I LOVE Mara I like that this book was all about him and his growth outside of the relationship. I love his character and how sarcastic he his in any given situation. He reminds me a lot of Stiles from Teen Wolf even in danger he was hilarious. We got to see more of Goose in this book and their friendship is amazing! Jamie came in more towards the end which was a nice and also painful (you have to read to understand). There were some other new characters but I won’t say who only because it will spoil some of the story. But some of them were fun to read about and I wonder how they will fare against Mara in the last book because my girl will DESTROY anyone who hurt Noah and them in general. I want to talk a bit more about Noah and Goose. I liked how Hodkin treated the friendship and how much they care for other. They were funny together and did a lot to help each other within the circumstances.


Hodkin continues to surprise me with her writing and she blows my mind with how amazing she writes. The mystery and suspense keep me on edge and I love these characters so much. Hodkin is one of my favorite authors simply because she keeps me so engaged.

Favorite Quotes
I want you here now, more than I’ve never wanted you anywhere. I want to breathe you, drink you, devour you—I want you inside me so that I never have to miss you again.
“Mara?” She finishes for me. “Why not?” Because her name sticks in my throat. Because the sound of it might kill me.
My thoughts are furred, though, and even as I try and think the name Mara, I’m hardly able to get past the first letter.
I’m homeless. Mara was my home and I left her, scorching the earth behind me. I burned down our house thinking it would set me free, but instead I’m like a dog, circling ashes, hoping the only family I’ve ever known will one day come back.
I lie there, unwilling to moan even a bit, because I’m going to suffer silently, with dignity. People who moan are intolerable.
I would recognize Mara’s voice in a sea of thousands of others.
A wave of sadness threatens to choke me. Sadness tightens your chest and throat and lungs—you can’t breathe for it. You can only turn your grief over and over. Anger, though—anger can be used. If you can swallow the ache in your chest and let bitterness rise in your throat, you can burn it like fuel. I choose anger over sadness. I reach out to Mara’s face. She doesn’t react when I sweep the hair back from her pale forehead. Her eyes are fixed and staring, even as I lean in, until my lips are at her ear. “Get out,” I purr. “Then kill them. Kill them all.”
“Look,” Jamie says, voice low. “All I’ll say is this. She’ll always choose the people she cares about over the people she doesn’t, and she cares about you the most. She thought you knew her. She thought you got that.”
“Mara’s going to kill you. And she’s going to do it slowly.”

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3 thoughts on “The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) Book Review

  1. I’m not sure, but the genre says this is a comic. Is it? (if it isn’t, then I’m just pointing it out!) But anyway, I’ve heard so much wonderful things about the Mara Dyer trilogy and now Noah Shaw… if I were to start reading this series, do you recommend starting from the first Mara Dyer book? Great review!

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