Review: DEAD TO YOU by Lisa McMann

Dead to You 
Lisa McMann
243 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that’s keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable…

   Haunting. Riveting. Lisa McMann’s latest is as unexpected as it can get. Dead to You will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.

  Ethan De Wilde was a normal kid with a normal family. Up until he was abducted. Now, years later Ethan comes back to his family. And as they struggle to put themselves together again, dark memories resurface. Memories that might just tear them apart.

  I don’t know if it was the simplicity of McMann’s writing or the story itself that left me stunned at the end. Stunned as in, I couldn’t sleep after flipping over the last page. Stunned as in, snippets kept replaying in my mind the day after.

   Dead to You is a contemporary – no ghosts or paranormal elements, as you would expect from the title. Ethan’s emotions and story is tangible, you can practically feel your heart thudding in time to his, you can almost feel the pain as he does. I’ve never read anything like it. And contrary to my expectations before I picked it up, Dead to You blew me away.

   Much can’t be said about Lisa McMann’s latest without giving away the plot, but I can tell you this: with Dead to You, you won’t be disappointed. Sure it has its slow bits, but when you reach the end, all you will be able to muster is: WOAH.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

February 9, 2012



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    Rummanah Aasi

    February 10, 2012

    Wow, sounds so intense Hafsah. Just reading your reactions to this book reminded me of mine when I read “Stolen” by Lucy Christopher last year. It was horrifying, beautifully written, and gave me shivers just by thinking about it. Can't wait to read this new one from Lisa!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    February 10, 2012

    Yeah. Stunned is a perfect description. That's how I felt when I read that last sentence. I was kind of expecting it but…not. Not at all. This story is very play-with-your-mind.

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    February 10, 2012

    I just started this book..after reading this I am dying to know just what happens! Cant wait to find out. Thank you for the great review and peaking my interest!

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    February 10, 2012

    I have heard nothing but good things about this book so far. I really want to read it. Wonderful review!

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    February 10, 2012

    I can not wait to read this one. I have only ever read one book by Lisa but that was enough to hook me. I'm so glad you loved this one!

    Thanks for the great review

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    February 10, 2012

    I'm so excited to pick this one up it sounds great and I'm in need of a good contemp!

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      February 10, 2012

      Nice review :) Yeah the ending is definitely a whoa moment and makes you wonder what the fallout will be for all of the characters.

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    Jessi (Geo)

    February 10, 2012

    I added this to my Goodreads TBR shelf!
    Also, I'm a new follower of yours and I picked your blog for an award :)
    Here it is:

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    Amanda B.

    February 10, 2012

    Great review! I just added this one to my wishlist. I can't wait to read it!

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    February 11, 2012

    Great review! I wanted to read this and I really thought this book is a paranormal. I ought to give it a try ;)

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

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    February 17, 2012

    I just picked this one up from the library Wed. I just need to finish the book I am reading and I'm on it. Thanks so much for the review, your positive take on the book is making me anxious to read it.

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    Ana Death Duarte

    February 18, 2012

    I've translated the Wake series into Portuguese and I confessed that I luved the Wake and Fade books… but Gone… well, she failed to at least try and solve the main points…
    I'm a little afraid to give this new book of hers a try, but after your review, maybe I can give it a try =D

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    Chi Kittie

    February 18, 2012

    Wow, sounds amazing. I am going to go see if my library has it and try to read it this weekend. Your review was amazing. Thank you! :)

    – Beckie

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    Sara H.

    February 20, 2012

    I love books that have so much emotion in them that they resonate through my mind days after. After reading the Wake series, I am so excited to read more from Lisa McMann. Fabulous review!

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    October 28, 2012

    I read this a while ago. While I didn't love it, I did really like it. I even enjoyed it more than the Wake series. Great review.

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    November 11, 2012

    Wow, I'd almost forgotten about this book! I've read the Wake series and pretty much loved that, but sadly I've not had time to get to some of her newer releases. Glad you loved it though and hopefully, I will read it soon!

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    ~ Kristi

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    Jaime Lester

    November 27, 2012

    I love Lisa McMann's writing. She is super talented. But when I first heard of Dead To You and read some of the reviews, something kept me from reading it. I think I made a mistake. It sounds like this is not a book to be missed. So, here is the deal, I am going to go to the library soon and bring this home with me and read it already!

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    January 12, 2013

    I've had this in my tbr pile. I will have to move it up now! :) Thanks!