Dead To You
By 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…
This Blonde’s Review:
Ethan was abducted from in front of his house when he was 7 years old. He chose to get in the car with strangers, but he was taken and never seen again. Until the day a 16 year old boy contacts authorities saying he believes he is Ethan.
His age is right, his description fits what Ethan should look like, and he says he’s Ethan. He recognizes his family, but doesn’t mention everything he remembers comes from the family website. He can’t remember how he wound up with the woman he called his mother, nor can he explain why he feels the need to protect her by not giving her true name. As he struggles to fit into his new family there are things that come to the surface that are unsettling. We learn that he was raised by a drug addict who left him alone often as a child until he was abandoned. As his little brother begins to suspect Ethan can’t be who he says he is life gets more difficult for him. He can’t explain why he doesn’t remember anything from his life before he was taken. He has no excuse for why he got into the car that day instead of running away. All Ethan knows is that he wants his family to love him and he wants to be left in peace to find his way. But there is more to the story than anyone knows, even Ethan.
I really enjoyed reading Ethan’s story. We learn about Ethan a little at a time, nothing is revealed too quickly and it can be hard to decide where Lisa McMann is going to take this story. What will happen to prove who Ethan is? Will Ethan snap before they find the truth? I found myself believing I knew what had happened and what was coming next only to find myself doubting and changing my opinion often. Lisa McMann is the kind of author who will give you a good story instead of what you may want or expect to read. Knowing she won’t be predictable makes it harder to know what will happen at the end. Dead To You did feel a little slow in places, but this isn’t a story to fly through. This is a story to feel. We have to feel the hope, the confusion, and the tension. We need to feel the slow build from jealously to suspicion. We need to see when Ethan starts to care and when he starts to fall apart.
If you enjoy reading books that make you feel what the characters feel and won’t give you the easy storyline, then you’ll love Dead To You. Lisa McMann fans will not want to miss this one, she has not disappointed us.