Review: Dead to Me

Mary McCoy - Dead to Me
Published: March 3rd, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 304
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.

"Don't believe anything they say."

Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking

Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.

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Apparently, I never completed my review of this. I only blurbed it. Shame, I thought it was fantastic.

The year is 1948. Los Angeles is a place of glitz and glamour. But after Annie is beaten into a coma, Annie's only known relative is her estranged, younger sister, Alice. And after Annie had walked out on their family years prior, Alice hadn't received word from her since, and upon looking at her sister's broken, battered frame, she can only wonder who would ever commit such a dastardly act.

Jerry Shaffer, Annie's co-partner, is on the case. Alice decides to join him to see what her sister was up to while she was away. They traverse the city and Jerry introduces Alice to quite a few shady characters as they search for the culprit. Though Alice was an interesting MC, she was a bit boring. She reminded me of Nick from The Great Gatsby, someone who belonged on the sidelines. The side-characters were truly more eccentric.

I hadn't had an actual problem with this novel. Though Annie and Alice shared an unconventional sisterly relationship, Alice saw her sister with such light. But after Annie came out of her coma, she became the ultimate bitch. She barely spoke to Alice, sobbed into the shoulder of a side-character, and moved away. Like, really, girl? Uncool.

Otherwise, I love very much of Dead to Me. It's a phenomenal historical YA, absolutely brimming with suspense, and one hell of a page-turner. Check it out!
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  1. classic film noir? oh wow, that could be very interesting.

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    1. It totally was! You should definitely check it out, Lily! :)

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