25 July, 2015

Dead to me by Mary McCoy

Browsing through some newly arrived books, I came across Dead to me. The author is a librarian and this is her debut novel; enough to get me interested.

Set in the 1940s, it's about two sisters growing up in Hollywood during Hollywood's Golden Age, describing a side to life that's anything but golden. It deals with the seedy underside of Hollywood which exploits the young and naive who arrive in Los Angeles dreaming of a life of wealth and fame, or those thrust into this world by their parents.

Alice Gates is a courageous, resourceful young girl who tries to find out how her older sister, Annie, ended up in the hospital badly beaten and in a coma. Annie had run away four years earlier after a fight with their alcoholic parents. A seedy detective reconnects them when he asks her help him find out who is responsible for almost killing Annie. This takes her to places she didn’t know existed, exposing her to danger and betrayal by the very people who should be protecting her.

Dead to me is a teen mystery novel, but could just as easily be classified as an adult novel. Full of interesting characters doing whatever it takes to survive; this is a very impressive first novel illustrating the truth of the old proverb “all that glitters is not gold”. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right up to the end. Looking forward to more from this author.

Title: Dead to me
Author: Mary McCoy

Reviewed by Lynda T, East Coast Bays.

Lynda T reads anything that grabs her interest, but is particularly interested in science fiction and young adult novels.  

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