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…
I love Lisa McMann’s books. I still say that the Wake trilogy is one the contributing factors in my love of YA. I also really loved Cryer’s Cross. I can always count on McMann to deliver a compelling and honest book. Dead To You is no exception although I probably didn’t love it as much as her other books.
The concept of this book is incredible. A kidnapped boy returns home after 8 years. The story mostly focuses on the current situation of Ethan’s family and not what happened in the past with the kidnapping. I thought that was a really interesting way to do the story because you never think of what happens after. You would assume that things are happy, right? That’s not the case with Ethan’s family at all. When he returns things start crumbling under his feet.
Ethan was interesting but I don’t think I ever really felt a connection with him. He was struggling with all these unfathomable issues but he still felt very closed off. That really makes sense later on in the story, but it still kept me from absolutely loving the book.
Dead To You is really hard to review without giving something away! The ending is…a killer and it left me the tiniest bit unsatisfied. Overall I still enjoyed the book. This premise delivered in Lisa McMann’s haunting writing makes for a captivating read.