Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann

Publication Date:
February 7, 2012

Simon Pulse

Hardcover, 256 pages

CND $18.99

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A copy was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada for review! Thank you!


A page-turning realistic novel with a shocking twist from bestselling author Lisa McMann.

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…


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. (It ended happily :) 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)