Dead to You is a fast-paced, suspenseful, and page-turning Young Adult novel written by the New York Times best-selling author Lisa McMann. The book starts off with a 16 year-old boy named Ethan finally finding his family after the 9 years he has been gone. At age 7 Ethan was abducted from his driveway, and a search has been going on for the last nine years. Now that he is back at home in the town of Belleville, everyone begins to ask questions about his abduction. These memories -- or anything about his childhood, really, -- are irrevocable. Rest assured for him, everything is slowly turning back to normal, but he is hiding something. What is preventing Ethan de Wilde from recollecting all these memories? Tensions in his family between siblings and parents are becoming more and more progressive, and suspicion becomes nigh unbearable for Ethan. Something ominous from his past is slowly being revealed, and it’s going to cost him.
An amazing quality about Lisa McMann (also the author of the best-selling Wake Trilogy) is how convincingly she is able to write in a teenager’s everyday vernacular, but also how true to life the events in her realistic fiction novel are. Dead to You is a very fast-paced novel, never monotonous or stationary, always moving. One after another, events occur that cause things to happen: whether it is tensions in the family, an exuberant love life, or hurtful statements from those you love. However, McMann always leaves something better looming around the corner, until the ultimate ending. If you enjoy suspense, mystery, and engaging reads, this book is the one for you.
Reviewed by Sahad
Expected Publication Date: February 7, 2012
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