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characters Dead to Me ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¶ LA Confidential for the YA audience This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last pageDon't believe anything they sayThose were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanisNg 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 lookingEvoking 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. Classic noir think Chinatown or LA Confidential meets YA as good girl Alice tries to solve the mystery of how her wayward older sister ended up beaten and unconscious in the hospitalNoir is all about the dark seedy underside of things and I do love me some moral ambiguity but perhaps because this was YA this felt a little less dark than most noir I've read or watched There was one character Jerry who was intriguingly hard to pin down but some of the others felt a bit typecast the plucky heroine the loyal best friend the sleazy womanizing villain the brassy bad girl with the heart of gold etc I also wished we'd been able to get to know older sister Annie a bit because she was a interesting character to me than Alice While I liked the the voiceover uality of the narration in a book it can result in a bit of a tell not show feel Then again that's pretty much the noir style the world weary detective tells you a story about how one day this dame walked into his officeOn the plus side it's a nice girl power story with zero romance some good action scenes and some really nice plot twists It's also something completely different from the typical YA fantasyhistorical fictioncontemporary If you're in need of something fresh and uniue give it a try

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LA Confidential for the YA audience This alluring noir YA mystery with a Golden Age Hollywood backdrop will keep you guessing until the last pageDon't believe anything they sayThose 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 ins. Initial thoughts I'm a bit conflicted on this one The plot was brilliant yet the story was boring in places I got a bit confused sometimes The characters were flat A great mysterythriller in an awesome setting and time period though I've always felt a pull towards books about Hollywood I love the glitz and glam and gossip There are always secrets to be discovered drama to be seen and crimes and mysteries to be solved This book portrays the Hollywood scene of the 1940's and entwines it with a gutsy mystery and crime that was brilliantly executed the storyline not the bad deeds themselvesAs far as mysteries and plots go Mary should win a gold crown or something The story she weaves and the mystery she creates were well planned and mind blowing I really loved how Mary chose the perfect setting and time period for this crime I also loved her portrayal of Hollywood in the late 1940's and appreciated how accurate and realistic it was I was thoroughly impressed by how slippery and deep this mystery went This is no silly crime things get rough and dangerous I spent so much time wracking my brain theorizing trying to figure out what was really going on and why Basically you can trust no one Many gold stars to Mary though she managed to pull the rug out from under my feet multiple times She slammed twist after twist into the pages and left me a frazzled mess Mary made this book so suspenseful my anxiety levels were through the roof You can cut the tension with a knife Dead to Me is an exemplary mystery novel There's plenty of sleuthing shady dealings blood sweat and tearsIn terms of characters they all fell a bit short to me I couldn't really connect with any of the characters I didn't feel I knew much about the main character Alice I couldn't relate to her I didn't know her at all The supporting characters were just as flat Maybe it was on purpose though I suspected everyone and I suspected no one Some of the characters just slip right by you There are uite a few revelations we discover about each of these characters so eventually we learn who they really are I loved the strong sisterly bond between Alice and Annie I also really enjoyed their love of games and codes They loved cracking codes and it plays a super important and super cool part in the bookIf you're in the mood for a convoluted mystery and thriller then be sure to check out this book

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Dead to MeIder parents had done to drive her awayWhen Annie does turn up the blond broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her But Alice isn't a kid any 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 you. Dead to Me is a book as pretty as its cover although I really shouldn’t be using the word prettyAs someone who has always been a noir mystery fan I had a lot of fun reading this book and thought it was the perfect brain candy It might not have been as noir as it could have been but it was still noir enough to satisfy me and keep me on the edge of my seat flipping through the pages and trying to figure out what exactly was at play hereBefore I talk about all the good stuff I wanted to talk a little about the setting of the novel Dead To Me is set in the late 1940’s There is so much that could have been done with that and even in the blurb 'the golden Hollywood age' is mentioned but the potential for this wasn't realized at least I never felt it was Their are so many things specific to that time period but they weren't as played up as they could have been If it weren’t for little things here and there I would have had no idea that this book was set almost 60 years in the past I am not saying that the author doesn't go into incredibly awesome details regarding Hollywood and all the secrets that come with it but the problem is that I never felt as though it was enough and I wanted than just Hollywood in that time period My issues regarding the setting aside Alice was fantastic female lead Her determination her need to find out what actually happened kept me turning the pages It’s hard to not want to know how this all turns out Where is everything going Every corner Alice looks in some deep hidden secret comes crawling out and she is forced to uestion the world as she knows it She is so determined and while it did seem a tad unrealistic that this young girl managed to do all of these things all on her own I decided to roll with it for the sake of the story Alice was so believable as a female lead because not all of her decisions were on point but she did manage to make a lot of smart decisions over the course of the book The way she solved the mystery and put together the puzzle pieces made sense to me as a reader She is not a perfect character but she isn't that imperfectly perfect kind of character either She makes mistakes that will make you shake your head but she also makes other decisions that make you want to high five herThere is an entire entourage of secondary character who are all as interestingly developed as Alice and I liked getting to know them One of the things McCoy did very well was making sure none of the characters were flat Bad guys aside the secondary characters walked a thin line between black and white They all had their faults and it just made them so much interesting to read aboutIt added to this idea of black vs white in the story because there are so many lines being crossed that you no longer know what is shocking Is it okay for someone to do something terrible because it was a choice between their lives and the thing they were being asked to do This book is incredibly atmospheric and McCoy does a great job in building the deceit lies and the secrets It’s a book that is well plotted Nothing about it screams predictable and yet you won’t find yourself being surprised I make it sound like a bad thing but it isn’t It works incredibly well for this book and adds in a realistic layer If there had been red herrings and ‘surprises’ I know it would have been harder for me to take this book seriously but as it is my eyes were glued to the pagesOne of the best parts of this book is that there was no romance there was a moment or two that made me uestion if the author would decide to throw one in but there were wayyyyy too many other things on Alice’s mind to think about any boys in any sort of way She is being beaten up by bad guys she is chasing bad guys None of this actually leaves room for some ladi da romance SERIOUS STUFF IS GOING DOWNWhat made this book so fantastic was the way the author wrapped everything up The book really picked up pace toward the end and I was so worried about how the author would resolve everything I was worried she would decide to give this mystery a clean cut ending but that isn't what happened Not everything is perfect in the real world and the book didn’t end on a ‘everything is solved and we can go back to our normal life now’ note It was realistic than that and it did justice to the bookThis is a fun noir mystery and while it may not be perfect I definitely enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to noir mystery fans or anything just looking for something exciting to pick up