Dead to Me
by Mary McCoy
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
by Mary McCoy
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Rate: 4 stars
LA Confidential for the YA audience. This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last page.
"Don't believe anything they say."
Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.
When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking
Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.
I've been looking forward to this book for a while now. The crime, the noir, the setting, everything appeals to me. And I must say, I wasn't disappointed.
Alice meets her runaway sister Annie at a hospital. And one of them is in a coma after being beaten almost to death. Now Alice needs to find Annie's attacker and she finds out there was a murder involved and one witness who still runs free. I love this plot and what it leads the reader to expect. I expect them to look for the witness. Correct. But there are so many twists and turns along the way that I could never have expected the exact outcome.
Jerry is a really awesome character. They all are; he just spoke to me. He's a detective ex-cop who is often just in the right place at the right time. And he's a support for Alice while they work to find Annie. I greatly appreciate that the two did not have a romance; it reminds me that a detective and his/her partner can simply work together. My favorite kind of relationship.
I still cannot get over the setting. It's 1940's Hollywood and our characters have been in the thick of the fame industry since they were children. We get so many different looks at life in that age.
Even though we find out who the culprit is early on, I enjoyed the suspense and mystery. I knew they would catch the man, but I didn't know how or what he would do to foil their plans. And he was so awful otherwise that his character was just incredible.
While I liked this book, it was slightly confusing in parts. I didn't know exactly what was going on, or I didn't see how something was important or tied in. I'm still fuzzy in some parts. But the good easily overrides the not-as-good, which means I give it...
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William Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini (I can hear this playing softly in the background)
Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down (At the parties)
Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia (During action scenes, this is on repeat for me)
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Mary McCoy is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles's notorious past. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. Mary now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her debut novel, Dead To Me, is a YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood.
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