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Review: Dead to You by Lisa McCann

Some memories are better left untouched.

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...

My Thoughts
What a cracking little book.! Completely immersive from page one and utterly fascinating. I finished it in one sitting and it played on my mind for hours afterwards. A perfect example of a brilliant standalone title which I am sure I will recommend for a long time to come.

Dead to you starts with a reunion scene. Ethan was abducted as a child from his parents and now aged 16 he is about to return to his family and home once again. The story that follows looks at life after the reunion and the difficulties Ethan has settling back into the family he had forgotten.

For me this book was fascinating. The start of it is normally the end of a story rather than the beginning and is unusual for that. As a reader I found myself completely engrossed in Ethan's story and really felt for him as he tried to adjust to a life and a family he can only remember through pictures. I loved seeing the different ways in which the family and those around him treated him and really felt for him as he tried to adjust. The baggage the boy had is immense and the way in which he tried to reconcile his old life to his new one really made you think.

I'm not going to tell you much more about this story as I don't want to spoil or give anything away but I will leave this review by saying the end is utterly shocking and not at all expected. It left me speechless and made me think and left me with so many questions to think about.

A fascinating read I'd highly recommend.