BLOG TOUR: Dead To Me by Mary McCoy- Review, Giveaway & Favorite Quotes


Dead to Me by Mary McCoy
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Rate: 4 STARS!
Blurb Description: 
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.

To be quite honest, I don't know what I expected from Dead To Me. It sounded fairly intriguing, and I was super happy to get the chance to read it! 

I know the crime and noir novels take time to build up, so I kept reading, waiting for that moment to come- when it's not just casual reading or flipping through anymore, but that NEED to know what happens next- and Dead To Me did not disappoint!

After distancing herself from everyone she used to know, and retreating into herself, but never actually letting herself be happy, Alice Gates's life changes once again when she gets a phone call in the dead of the night, informing her that her sister has been badly beaten and is in a coma. 

Her sister who ran away years ago. Her sister who never contacted her. Her sister, that left her for a new life, and never looked back, leaving her devoted little sister with only a broken version of everything she knew.

But now, Annie Gates is here. In a coma. And as Alice tries to find out what happened to her, she sees her big sister is mixed up in murders, protecting runaway girls and in a whole lot of trouble. 

Dead To Me has absolutely EVERYTHING one could ask for- explosive, untrustworthy characters, Hollywood Stars and their dirty lives, a comatose sister, a murder, a man hunt for a runaway girl, and layers and layers of deception and illusions. 

Nothing is ever as it seems in this absolutely BRILLIANT novel- read it! P


"This isn't about being young and scared. It was about making up your mind that you were going to live"

* Sorry you stayed away, I wondered, or sorry you came back?

* Every time I thought he was about to let go, he held me tighter, and every time I felt relieved because I wasn't ready to let go yet.

*Annie left her marks in different ways. She loved people; she took care of them. The only marks I ever left on people were the kind they regretted.

*Is this heaven? I keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. And when I'm not pinching myself, I'm slapping myself in the face for not thinking of this sooner.

*Taken in individual parts, his face was all wrong, but taken together, there was something about it that made you want to keep looking.

*In for a penny, in for a pound. What else are you capable of, you rotten hearted, sorry excuse for a father? "

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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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