Dead to You

Dead to You

3.67 (8,655 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.67 (8,655 ratings by Goodreads)

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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 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...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 147.07 x 215.9 x 23.88mm | 344.73g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1442403888
  • 9781442403888
  • 486,010

Review quote

McMann's gripping new novel...will leave readers burning for closure long after its chilling ending.... [Her] succinct first-person narrative skillfully carries the authenticity of a teenage boy, his fractured memory and reintegration into a family who expects much from him, despite his scarring childhood. Her exploration of an abductee psyche is both illuminating and unsettling and is realistically portrayed... With a disturbing and raw ending, Dead to You is unforgettable. --Adam Silvera, Books of Wonder
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About Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives in Arizona. She is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is an artist named Kilian McMann and her daughter is an actor, Kennedy McMann. Lisa is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults. Check out Lisa's website at, learn more about The Unwanteds Series at, and be sure to say hi on Instagram or Twitter (@Lisa_McMann), or Facebook (
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Rating details

8,655 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 25% (2,143)
4 34% (2,959)
3 28% (2,381)
2 10% (880)
1 3% (292)

Our customer reviews

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!!show more
by Giselle SM
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 more
by Nicola Mansfield
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