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.