Dead to Me — a five star YA mystery set in Hollywood’s most glamorous era

Dead to Me — a five star YA mystery set in Hollywood’s most glamorous era

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.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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