Review: ‘Dead To You’ by Lisa McMann

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Dead To You’ by Lisa McMannDead to You by Lisa McMann
Published by Simon Pulse on February 7th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 243
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
Some memories are better left untouched.

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...

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The basis of this story made me remember a movie that I watched, The Deep End of the Ocean. We meet Ethan who is meeting his family for the first time after 9 years. He was kidnapped at age 7 when a car pulled up next to him and his little brother Blake. He got in the car and lived his childhood with Ellen. After Ellen dumps him at an orphanage he seeks out his own family and finds them.

With the synopsis being as vague as it could be I couldn’t help but devour this book in one sitting. This book hit close to home for me personally because I know of someone with a similar past that was abducted. The reality that Ethan set himself up in was just as overwhelming to his family as it was to him. They’re strangers. He doesn’t remember a thing. No familiar scent that sparked his memories, no photos that held a familiar face. His memory was blank. It was suprisingly realistic how the family reacted, especially Blake.

The story had great pacing and what little romance the book held was sweet and thrilling to read. I loved Ethan’s honest thoughts when his childhood friend Cami would stop by and jolt his teenage hormones into overdrive. He sounded like any teenage boy falling in love and lust at that age. His relationship with his mom was beautifully woven into the story and you could feel how protective she was of Ethan. I definitely don’t blame her one bit!

All in all, Dead to You a wonderful read that made me want to gobble the next book. Please tell me there’s a second book because the ending was such a cliffhanger!!



She’s a fucking lake of beautiful. (62)





  1. Marie-Eve Doucet

    April 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Very good review 🙂

  2. Diana Grace

    August 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I read a lot of Lisa’s books and I greatly enjoyed all of them… guess I have to give this one a go. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  3. Jaime Lester

    June 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I really enjoyed the Wake series by this author, but I have not yet read this one. YET being the key word. I have heard very mixed things about this one, but I usually like to read a book for myself and come to my own conclusion. Sounds like that practice will be a win for me yet again with Dead to You!

  4. Samantha

    November 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I just discovered your blog recently and all I have to say is wow, thank you. I am a book lover who is always looking for the next story that I can jump into and fall in love with. I never thought to read this book but after discovering your review I cant wait to pick it up!

  5. NURMA

    November 14, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    i love lisa mcmann books…i will buy this one too..sound a great story 🙂

  6. Cassi

    October 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I love the trailer. This was my first time seeing it, and now I’m dying to read Dead to you, especially because I love Lisa Mcmann”s Wake series.
    Thanks for the great review!

  7. Grace Lo

    October 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I think that this is Lisa McMann truly stepping into her element. I swear it’s among the creepiest books I’ve read. It’s a fantastic story, with all the turns that made the reader believe that it was just a perfectly normal family, with only a few moments to doubt it, and a amazing in-your-face kind of ending that just left me like, “Oh. My. Gosh. What just happened?” I’d love for there to be a sequel, but I think it’d be best as a standalone. The best part of the book was possibly how the entire atmosphere of the book changed with a few sentences, making you realize what truly happened in the book, which is an element that’d be taken away with a second book.

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