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It isn’t Wonderland, Alice: Review of Dead To Me by Mary McCoy

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Title :  Dead To Me
Author: Mary Mc Coy
Date Published: March 4, 2015
Language: English
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“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


Set in the 1940s just after the war, Dead To Me is about Alice Gates who finds her sister Annie in a hospital, beaten up and unconscious. So she sets out to find the truth, of who did it, and more importantly, the motive for it. Set in the 1940’s, just after the war, the book’s style is reminiscent of Hollywood Noir, showing the glamor and the darkness of Hollywood.

Of all the characters, I would give credit to Alice Gates, the star of the book. She is a smart girl for her age, courageous (and somewhat foolish) but she truly loves her sister Annie. She is the one I really rooted for because of her personality. And like your usual mystery, she stumbled all around until things begin to make sense.

Dead To Me is a good read about family, dysfunctional or otherwise. Although I found the narration slow, I did like how Mc Coy finished the story, like she was cooking pot of sauce where the flavours and ingredients, or in this case, the characters, are thrown in together, gradually stirred until everything is brought to a rolling boil. Although it was already revealed who did the crime right at the start, it didn’t diminish the twists that followed and the subsequent climax at the end.

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 Mary McCoy is a writer and 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 and son. Her debut novel, Dead To Me, is a YA mystery set in the glamorous, treacherous world of 1940s Hollywood.

Learn more about Mary McCoy:   Website | Twitter | Facebook  | Goodreads

eARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review

Author: Lorn (pakwanstripes)

Yogi, book lover, comic book reader, cat moma and diabetic :)

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