Think L.A. Confidential for the YA crowd, but don’t dismiss it because it is YA. Smart, dangerous and seedy, this mystery won’t let you go until the last page.
Dead to Me is set in the Hollywood of the Black Dahlia and offers a mystery just as seedy and evocative. When Alice’s sister turns up in a hospital beaten and unconscious, four years after walking out of her life, sixteen year old Alice keeps the news to herself and sets off on a trek through the dark side of Hollywood to find out who tried to kill her. What she finds will change her life, and the lives of some of the most rich and famous irrevicably. The plot is fast, intense, and dark. Twists and betrayals slithered from back rooms and luxurious cars while kindness and bravery scrambled from flophouses and tragedy. Alice was a fully realized character who fumbled and fought for justice and answers in an seemingly endless web of corruption. It was smart and kept me guessing right up until the end. I adored it. The cover doesn’t really grab me, and historical fiction is a hard sell to many high school readers, but it is hard to resist the lure of the story once the first few chapters have you in their thrall. Many situations, while not graphic, are about predatory sexual behavior, so this is one for grades nine and up.
I recieved an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.