Dead to You by Lisa McMannDead to You by Lisa McMann

Dead to You

byLisa McMann

Hardcover | February 7, 2012

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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...
Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of Cryer’s Cross and of the Wake trilogy (Wake, Fade, and Gone). She is also the author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Unwanteds. She grew up in Michigan and lives in the Phoenix area with her husband and two kids. Visit her at, and be her friend on Facebook or...
Title:Dead to YouFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442403888

ISBN - 13:9781442403888

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced and intense Dead To You was a real page-turner – I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it. Most of the book chronicles Ethan’s attempt to reintegrate back into his family and school life after being abducted in front of his house as a child and missing for several years. His brother is constantly suspicious of him and there is even a bit of uneasiness with his parents, but his new little sister and a girl down the street become his allies. The ending is absolutely jaw-dropping, despite the subtle hints that Lisa McMann drops throughout the book. It’s something you don’t want to believe but is incontrovertible. It left me thrilled, stunned, and slightly haunted.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead to You An excellent thriller that peaked you interest from the beginning and kept it.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable This book was not all that great, okay, it was decent though. It seemed like it had such promise but it was so predictable
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW When I first started I was not expencting the ending, it was the best ever.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! Short book and great story this book has a lot of plot twists
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok for a teen I saw this book on Pinterest and it was recommended as a thrilling read.And it is if you're 14.I didn't realize it was ateen book until a few pages in.But I kept going because it was paid for.I'm almost 40 but if I had been a teen I think I would have loved it.Great twist at the end!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Quick Read! I was immediately hooked by this book. I was completely left guessing the entire novel. I read it in just a couple of hours.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! A great read, I was so drawn into the story, Ethan is such a great character I wish there was more!
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! 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!!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Another AMAZING Novel From Lisa McMann Okay. What just happened here? Because I was all fangirling from the beginning until the last page and then BOOM. It all ended, just liked that.  Can somebody please explain the ending to me? BECAUSE I'M DYING HERE AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED. There. I said it. Okay, before I begin blabbing and bawling about the suspenseful ending, let's get to the real stuff. *acts macho and all that* "'Mama,' I whisper into her soft hair. I am at once sixteen, my actual age, and seven, the age they remember me. We are long-lost souls, a mother reuniting with her semi-prodigal son. It is the end of one story and the beginning of the next. Being near her makes my teeth stop chattering."  From the first page, I was totally hooked. Lisa McMann always pleases me with her captivating words and stories. I really expected this one to be a paranormal thriller/horror story, like "Cryer's Cross" and the "Wake" trilogy were. I was kind of glad that this was a chill novel that could actually occur in reality today. You never know what can happen to you one day, it might be your last day, so make it worth it. LOLL. The plot was so, so, so riveting. It was so mysterious, until about the middle where you kind of find out the truth (where I originally thought that the all of the truth was said, but of course, the ending tricked me.)  The character who really got on my nerves was Ethan's mother. Even though she stood up for Ethan half of the time, she was also very rejecting and I didn't see a good side of her. She seemed too stressed out, and when she did get stressed out, she'd take it all on her kids. Blake really became disliked by me as well. He really had some anger problems. He kept believing and saying that Ethan was so stupid for getting into the car and getting abducted. BRO, HE WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD, CHILL.  A lot of people threw a lot of negativity toward Ethan. I actually really liked him as a MC. He had a deep story behind him and was very calm. I liked the way he thought. YOU WILL LIKE HIM AS WELL.  WHAT WAS THE ENDING? Like I got what happened, but what didn't make sense to me was the truth behind the ending. Then who was that? (LOL. I won't share spoilers) I NEED THERAPY AND EMOTIONAL ADVICE because I need to see the light.  But seriously, what a fantastic novel. I adored it so much! The plot was so good and I was never bored. Lisa McMann (as usual) has created a mysterious novel about abduction and family.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard-Hitting, Gut-Wrenching But I Hated the Ending Reason for Reading: I'm reading all of the author's work. This is a short book with short, quick chapters. The writing is sparse but hard-hitting and to the point. The book is emotional, especially from a parent's point of view. Tough to read at times with gut-wrenching emotion for all characters concerned. Yet Ethan and his new little sister, 6-year-old Gracie are the ones who hit your heartstrings and it is poor Blake, the now middle-schooler, the child left behind when the abduction happened that it is hard to like as he turns from standoffish, to bitter, to downright rebellious about the homecoming of his big brother. This is a powerful book and I highly enjoyed it. But this is a sad tale, a dark tale with an inevitable ending. I saw how the book would end but I did not like how McMann abruptly ended the book. I would have liked some closure, an extra scene. To put that much investment into these people and to just leave them hanging there for an ending, gave me a disgusted growl as I slammed the book shut.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from like it I would have really enjoyed this book if I liked realistic fiction but I don't. I liked the story line it seemed really interesting. I can really see what Ethan the boy that was aducuted was going through and I was really happy for him to find his family. I really liked Ethan and he was really interesting character to read about.I did not like Blake that much but I do feel bad for him not getting any attention from his parents.I feel like Blake should trust his brother.Oh Gracie you were such a adorable little girl to read about you would be the perfect little sister and I really love your sweet, cut and kind personalty but I don't like that your the "replacement child". There was a lot of questions going through my head when I was reading this book like" What happens if he is not the real Ethan" and stuff like that.There were some boring pages in this book but overall it was and interesting book to read except the ending. The ending was to predictable it would not be as good of a book without that ending and it happened to fast it was like 3 pages that was it. It would have been better if the ending was longer so you can processes what was happening. Overall it was a ok read and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a realistic fiction book. you can also look at this on my blog:
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Attention Graber ! This book caught my attention from the resume. When i started reading the book I could not put it down, it gripped me and swallowed me in. I just wanted to know what was going to happen, the ending was not predictable to me and i love that aspect, I am so tired of predictable books. Lisa McMann knows how to grab and keep your attention throughout the whole book. It took me 2 hours to read it because I was so into it and needed to get to the end right away. I loved that there was a little romance aspect in there and of course family conflict. This story is totally believable which I loved.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally gripping! I couldn't put this book down seriously! I just needed to know how things played out, and I loved the small amount of romance, so sweet, the ending was so..unexpected and intense I loved it!
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Shocking Ending Before this book came out, I kept hearing critics say the ending was "shocking but realistic", so as I was reading this, I kept trying to guess what the shocking ending was. When it came, I honestly did not see that one coming. There was more than one aspect to the ending, and once I looked past the shock factor, the ending was in fact realistic. I'll be honest, after this book I have unintentionally read all of Lisa McMann's books. When I heard about this, I was little hesitant on buying it because her other books are usually somewhat slow for the first half of the book. Then when it picks up, the suspense keeps building until the book is done. The ending really made up for it though. Makes me wonder if there would/could be a possible sequel....if there is one, I'd definitely read it!
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My mind and my heart are going at a million miles an hour! It was a great book. I was supposed to be cleaning tonight, but couldnt put the book down! I normally don't read anything that is not paranormal/supernatural. When I picked up this book, it was because it had Lisa McMann's name on it. I had no idea what it was going to be about until I started reading it. Ethan is a wonderful character and my heart went out to him throughout the entire experience. The struggles that he went through, and then the ending! (Dont worry, no spoilers) I can imagine this story being completly plausible, it is amazing what the human brain can do in situations like Ethans. This book sucked me in, but left me hanging at the end!!! My brain is just going and going, my fingers kept flipping pages at the end of the book and then I would re-read the last page again saying to myself that this cant be the ending! I was speachless and shocked. I will admit I do not like the ending at all, WAY to many questions left over. I am rating this as 5 because I cant rate it at 4.5. It was an amazing book, I am not so good with cliff hanger type endings, especially on a stand alone book.
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting and Filled With Tension... Lisa McMann's Dead to You marks her first departure from anything paranormal-related in this short standalone novel that you'll be sure to finish reading quickly. I've enjoyed reading all of Lisa McMann's previous YA novels, so when I first heard about Dead to You, I was quite curious to see just what kind of contemporary novel she would write! What really makes Dead to You such a page-turner was the way Lisa McMann focused on building up the tension in the De Wilde family once Ethan returns home. It's not the peaceful transition that everyone would have hoped it could be, but rather, a fragile relationship between Ethan and his family members. Ethan is not the same boy he was before his abduction and his past is made up of blurred memories; his parents have a strained marriage; and his younger brother is more suspicious than overjoyed to see his return. The two brightest spots in Ethan's life are his adorable little sister, Gracie, and his childhood friend, Cami. And as Dead to You progresses, we notice the psychological effects that have taken their toll on Ethan as he tries to adjust to a normal lifestyle again and the strain it causes with his family. When I finished the novel, I was left completely stunned and speechless! I immediately began to frantically turn the pages, in a state of disbelief that Lisa McMann could so suddenly end the book that way. And for days afterwards, it was still all I could think about because I wasn't prepared for it to end the way it did... In a haunting portrayal of a family trying to become whole once more, Lisa McMann's Dead to You stands out among other contemporary novels. McMann's signature writing style, glossing over the rich descriptions and heading straight to the character's emotions, made the novel all the more compelling and gave it just the right intense edge it needed. I can't wait to read her next novel! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DEAD TO YOU left me breathless! What would it be like to be kidnapped as a child and then find your way back to your family almost a decade later with no memories of them or your life before? McMann explores this and the raw emotions of a teen who suffered abuse and neglect before being dumped at a group home by his so-called caretaker. DEAD TO YOU is a raw, emotional and even sexy story about a boy in turmoil, and has such vivid and heartbreaking characters that I couldn't put it down until the very end that left me completely breathless. Also, I have to say that I loved Gracie so much-probably more than I've ever loved any secondary character before. She provided some much-needed relief when the story kept ratcheting up the tension and suspense. Great job - another winner from Lisa McMann.
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous and Intense The Good Stuff Ethan is a very likeable and realistic character, really felt for him which made the ending so brutal Loved the relationship between Ethan and Gracie, it was so sweet and real McMann's style of writing is absolutely brilliant, straight to the point and heartbreakingly honest with no fluff or extra's added - I will read whatever she writes Plenty of twists and turns Some nice dark humour Once I started I couldn't put it down -- put aside a couple of hours, you are not getting anything done once you crack this baby open (yes honey, this is why the house looks like a pigsty) Heartbreaking, raw and honest Liked Cami - she was a perfect fit for Ethan Positively portrayed Librarian (Yes I know I have issues but hello can I tell you how many stories have nasty repressed or s**t Librarians - it gets real old) The Not So Good Stuff The ending broke my heart, plain and simple (Thanks for the heads up Teri, I made it through but could definitely understand your warning) Please god tell me there is going to be a sequel Favorite Quotes/Passages "There was this one librarian guy. He let me hang out at the library and use the computer as long as I didn't disrupt anybody." "Oh, Ethan..." And I feel so cold and twisted up inside. This mother sitting next to me is the one I should love, but I don't. And the mother I do love is the one I should hate. But I can't. I fall apart "She grins. "It's okay. I can't believe you're back. Everybody thought you were dead." "Yeah, I figured." I'm sure I'll hear that a few more times before everybody settles down, too. It's pretty sick thing to say to somebody, if you ask me." Who Should/Shouldn't Read If you are a parent, this will be an extremely tough read Not for those looking for light and fluff I would say for the more mature YA reader, nothing too sexual or violent but it does deal with darker subject matter - so not for the sensitive type Would be good for a class discussion 4.5 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-02-06

Read from the Book

Dead To You CHAPTER 2 I take a deep breath, hold it, and force myself to step out from under the awning into the yellow light. Walk toward them. Mama sees me, and her mittened hand clutches her coat where it opens at her neck. As I approach, I can see her eyes shining above deep gray semicircles, and I can tell she’s not sure—I’m not seven anymore. Her lips part and I imagine she gasps a bit. Then Dad, Blake, and finally Gracie, the replacement child, stare with doubting eyes, taking me in. I open my mouth to say something, but I don’t know what to say. It’s almost like the cold sweat in the small of my back, in my armpits, freezes me in place. Mama takes Dad’s arm and they stumble over to me while the two children hang back. And then they’re right in front of me, and I’m looking into Mama’s eyes. “Ethan?” she says within a visible exhaled breath that envelopes me, then dissipates. She touches my hair, my cheek. Her breath smells like spearmint, and her eyes fill up with tears. Her skin is darker, and she’s rounder, shorter than I expected. A lot shorter than me. I stand almost even with my dad, which feels right. Like I belong with this group of people. I’m surprised to find tears welling in my own eyes. I haven’t cried in a while, but it feels good to be with them. All at once, I feel wanted. “It’s really you,” she says, wonder in her voice. She throws herself at me, sobs into my neck, and I close my eyes and hold her and let out a breath. “Mama,” I whisper into her soft hair. I am at once sixteen, my actual age, and seven, the age they remember me. We are long-lost souls, a mother reuniting with her semi-prodigal son. It is the end of one story and the beginning of the next. Being near her makes my teeth stop chattering.

Editorial Reviews

"Author Lisa McMann has written strong suspense fiction for teens with powerful, likable characters, and DEAD TO YOU is no exception. She includes many surprise twists in this engrossing page turner while creating a layered situation where it’s possible to sympathize with many points of view."