Dead to You (Hardcover)

By Lisa McMann

Simon Pulse, 9781442403888, 243pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2012



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...

About the Author

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of Cryer's Cross and of the Wake trilogy (Wake, Fade, and Gone). She is also the author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Unwanteds. She grew up in Michigan and lives in the Phoenix area with her husband and two kids. Visit her at, and be her friend on Facebook or Twitter.

Praise For Dead to You

“ McMann’s narrative is layered and emotional, with constant questions about family dynamics, identity and reconciliation. While an amnesia-based plot risks a quick foray into formula, this resists, balancing the fractured nature of Ethan’s recollections nicely with the character's development. The sibling rivalry builds secondary tension and suspense.”
--Kirkus Reviews

"The bitter cold of a Minnesota winter serves as both metaphor and backdrop for a riveting read that is like the dark side of Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton. A realistic but shocking ending makes this an excellent choice for book discussion, and the simple sentence structure and complex content will appeal to reluctant readers." --Booklist

"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

"The dynamics are credible and compelling, and Ethan’s challenge in negotiating the complicated territory will ring true..." --BCCB

"Ethan’s first-person story...successfully
explores the emotional devastation on those closest to an abducted child
and a child’s ability to cope with trauma. The long-awaited but abrupt
conclusion to the story’s central mystery is dramatic, packing an
emotional punch." --School Library Journal

"Author Lisa McMann has written strong suspense fiction for teens with
powerful, likable characters, and DEAD TO YOU is no exception. She
includes many surprise twists in this engrossing page turner while
creating a layered situation where it’s possible to sympathize with many
points of view."