Dead To You by Lisa McMann

Title: Dead to You
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: N/A
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 2/7/2012
Length: 243 pages
Format: Paperback ARC
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Challenges: N/A
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Purchase: Hardcover | Kindle | NOOK

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…

This is the first book by Lisa McMann I’ve read. I was a little excited because I know the Wake trilogy was really popular. After reading the synopsis, I was in. I love these kinds of story lines because there’s so much to take in. I feel like they’re really rewarding. I really wish that this book felt that way at the end, but it didn’t. I enjoyed 90% of the book, but when I read the last chapter the ending events totally erased everything I had enjoyed about it.

I’m trying to say this without spoiling it for anyone who plans to delve into anyway. So, don’t fear spoilers. I’m not going to tell you what happens. All I’ll say is this: it was predictable and it shouldn’t have been. Granted, I might feel this way because I’ve read a few books with a similar sort of mystery, like You by Charles Benoit or Double by Jenny Valentine (which comes out in the states next month). They’re all centered around one event or revelation that the whole book builds up to. With the two previously mentioned book, I didn’t see it coming so I enjoyed them. This one? I had a feeling about the ending throughout most of the book. And I really didn’t want it to end that way. The whole time I was hoping that it wouldn’t turn out that way, praying to myself that the ending would be more original than that. But it wasn’t, and it ruined the whole thing for me.

I think if you don’t usually read mystery/suspense books or aren’t very familiar with the genre, you might like this book. Who knows? It’s just my opinion. I just had a major feeling of “been there, done that” when I finished this book. Except the books I read previously were had more original endings. I kind of hate this review because I hate to say anything negative. I don’t think I would have been half as disappointed if I hadn’t enjoyed the most of the book. Now, I just feel like I’m rambling.

In short, this was disappointing because of its predictability. I’m not giving up on Lisa McMann though. I still plan to read the Wake trilogy, at some point.

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