Before the accident, Mara was best friends with Rachel. When Claire and Jude Lowe move into town, their relationship was pushed to the side to make room for Claire, who didn't particularly care for Mara. Jude, however, was much kinder to Mara, and they eventually started dating.
On the night of the accident, Mara, Rachel, Claire and Jude were snooping around the abandoned Tamerlane Asylum. While off on their own, Jude attempted to sexually assault Mara. The asylum collapsed around them, killing all three teens, except for Mara.
Mara wakes up in the hospital to find that she is the lone survivor of the accident, and she is soon diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To escape her past and the memories that linger in Laurelton, Mara's family moves to Miami, Florida.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Edit
After the incident at the Tamerlane Asylum that killed her friends, Mara and her family move to Miami, Florida.
The first time that Mara noticed her unusual power was one day on her way to school. She comes across a malnourished and beaten dog chained up in someone's yard. When she lingers too long, the owner comes out and threatens Mara. After she leaves, she wishes that the man were dead, his head bashed in like he beats on the dog. When she comes back to check on the dog again, she finds police at the dog owner's house. The man is laying dead in his yard, every detail as Mara imagined it. Mara takes the dog once investigators leave, and with the help of Noah Shaw, the dog is taken to his stepmother who is a vet. Noah names the dog Mabel, and the two find a common interest in animals.
Mara begins to fall for Noah as they begin to date after Noah stands up for her when Anna attempts to embarrass her (again). Mara says her spanish teacher Mrs. Morrales is tyranous and even though Mara does amazing at her final test, she fails her grade and get accused of cheating. Angry, Mara then envisions Mrs. Morrales dying by choking on her own tongue and she does. Mara is freaked out by this and continues having strange hallucinations and visions. One night, Noah comes to her window, claiming that Joseph has been kidnapped. He knows this because he can see when people are in pain, and he has a vision of Joseph. When they go to save Joseph, Mara accidentaly kills the alligators that are coming after them in the swamp where Joseph is hidden. When Mara finally realizes she may have the ability to kill with her mind, she tells Noah. Noah uses his connections to get them into a private zoo exibit, where Noah tests out Mara's theory by putting a leech on Mara's arm to scare her. She then accidentaly kills all the insects in the room out of fear. She finds out about Noah's power to heal then she finds out the man who kidnapped her brother also killed a teenaged girl and Mara attempts to kill him with her mind, instead injuring both him and her father. Mara then goes to the police station to report herself, where she sees Jude... alive.
Jude was Claire Lowe's brother. He and Mara shared attraction to each other much to Claire's annoyance. On the night of the accident Mara and Jude share an intimate moment even though Mara does not want to. When she refuses to go any further Jude tries to rape her. Before he can she makes the building to collapse. He is believed to be dead until the end of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Throughout all of The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Jude is stalking Mara to play with her mind. Going through the trauma of losing his sister may have actually caused him to become crazy himself. Dr. Kells had made him do things, as it was revealed at the end of the second novel, so we have no idea just how much of these events were actually Jude's doing. At the end of the book Mara wakes up confined to a hospital bed, as she often does, and she reads a list of patients. Among them was both Jude and his sister Claire; underneath her name was the word deceased, and his did not say that he was dead. He should have been because Mara had done everything in her power to make sure that boy wasn't alive, but alas he is, what a shame.
Noah Elliot Simon Shaw is Mara's love interest. When she first meets Noah she finds him annoying, but absolutely gorgeous. Though he is persistent in getting a date with Mara in a short period of time, and the pair become close and begin to confide in each other. The couple realize why they were drawn together and learn everything about one another. Even that they both have a "power" of sorts: Mara's being the power to cause destruction or kill inconspiculously and Noah's is to heal or hear peoples pulse's. When Mara finds the same symbol stiched into her grandmother's doll, that Noah wears around his neck, it is believed that Noah's real mother and Mara's grandmother knew each other.
Jamal Roth, aka Jamie, is Mara's first friend (and only one, other than Noah) when she moves into town and goes to Croyden-- where she is to spend the remaining year of her high school life. Jamie was described as a Jewish young man, adopted, bisexual,16 year old, with dreadlocks, a sense of humor and a warm smile. Jamie kept on warning Mara about Noah, given that Noah has a notorious reputation. Jamie was then kicked out of school after a false accusation, saying that Jamie threatened Aiden (an a-hole) with a knife that Aiden planted in his bag. The unfortunate happening ended the communication between Mara and Jamie.
In the Evolution of Mara Dyer, Jamie meets Mara again as they are sent to the same therapy sessions (Horizons LLC). He and Mara remained good friends.
In The Retribution of Mara Dyer, it was then revealed Mara with the others, have been kept captives in a No Name Island near No Name Key, Florida. They were held there as subjects for Dr. Kells' diabolic experiments regarding their mutual diagnosis. It was then apparent, that Jamie, like the others was also a G1821-3 carrier, and currently manifesting. He has the ability to tell people what to do using his crystalline voice. This could have been the reason why Anna (see Anna) then died after drunk driving through a cliff. Together, Jamie, Stella and Mara was able to escape from No Name Island, throw away evidences of their existence, in search for answers, cure and for Mara, Noah. Jamie led them to his aunt's (mother's best friend) house in New York. They stayed there for a while. Jamie's ability proved to be valuable and his humor added a bitter comedy within the series.
At the last part of the Retribution of Mara Dyer, Jamie, together with Daniel, was both kept hostage in the same building where Mara and Noah almost died. Jamie, used his ability to trick the police, coax his cousin, Rochelle , to be Mara's legal lawyer during her trial-- mostly for legalities. In the end, Jamie, as the good friend he is, remained good friends with Mara.
Throughout the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Anna is a constant antagonist. The year before Mara came to school, Anna was obsessed with Noah Shaw and followed him around acting like his girlfriend. He apparently broke it off, leaving her heart broken in the process (if she has a heart). When Mara comes to school, Anna immediately takes a disliking to her as Noah is very interested in Mara. Anna steals Mara's sketchbook that has many drawings of Noah in it, and proceeds to mock Mara in front of many students. Noah comes and saves the day by lying and saying that he knew all about it. That is the start of Mara and Noah's relationship. Jamie Roth, who has the ability to convince people to do things with his charming voice, tells Anna to drive off a cliff when they run into each other after she helped get him kicked out of school. It is no coincidence when soon after Anna drives off a cliff in a drunk driving accident.
Daniel is Mara's older brother and close friend. Throughout the book, Mara finds companionship in Daniel as he is one of her only family members who continues to treat her semi-normally after the accident. They are very close and Daniel develops a relationship with Noah as they are both very intelligent and interested in Science.
Phoebe is a mentally insane patient at Horizons, where Mara goes for therapy sessions. Phoebe continuously bothers/threatens Mara by placing pictures of her sleeping with her eyes scratched out into Mara's bag claiming her boyfriend made her do it. It is later revealed that Jude is behind it and tricking Phoebe into doing his bidding.
Stella was one of Mara's friends. After Jude took four students and Mara almost killed him, Stella fled the island with Jamie and Mara. She left the trio after Mara nearly killed three teenage boys, and has not come back since. Stella liked Mara and always tried to see the best in her.