Monday, February 9, 2015

ARC Review:Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Expected Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: YA Thriller, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 5 Stars


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.

Have you ever started a book and realized from the first page that you were going to love it? There aren't many that have my attention that early on but Dead to Me most certainly did. This is a mystery story about a girl named Alice, who hasn't seen her sister, Annie, in almost four years.

When Annie ends up at the hospital and fighting for her life, Alice must realizes that maybe there's more to why her sister left all those years ago.  Their parents told Alice lies on why Annie left, so when she finds out the sinister truth, she sets out to find a way to justice. Along the way, Alice will travel headlong into a terrible world filled with charming people who have a dirty side to them. With near death experiences, betrayals at every corner, who is Alice to trust?

The story has such a dark undertone to it. I loved it!  You may think you know the plot but there are some twists in there that will get you. But then there are some things that are quite predictable. We find out early on who the bad guy. I mean you pretty much know in the synopsis!! The psychopathic movie star was absolutely horrifying. Especially since he was involved in such sinister things. I wanted his head on a silver platter. It's like Ryan Gosling being a secret killer. Who in their right mind would believe that? I know I wouldn't.

Nothing in this story is what it seems. The mystery aspect to the story was good. The characters were wonderful to read about and I loved being surprised at times. Dead to Me is definitely going up on one of my favorites list of 2015!

Make sure you mark down your calendars because this is one book you do not want to miss. It’s filled with so much action and twists and turns galore. I look forward to reading more amazing books from this debut author.

*Review book received in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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About the Author:
Mary McCoy is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. Mary now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her debut novel, Dead To Me, is a YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood.

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