Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

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Dead To Me - Mary McCoyPublisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 3rd 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Source: Netgalley & FFBC
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

“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.


So I’m not sure if it’s the writing or the fact that I knew it was suppose to have the air of a film noir, but man, did I read a lot of this book in my head as Alice doing a monologue to me/the audience, ha.

It was interesting read with an interesting premise. The story took us from the glitz of the Golden Age of Hollywood into the dark and seedy underbelly of the so-call glamorous life. When Alice’s sister, Annie who’s been missing for 4 years, turns up nearly dead and in a coma, Alice gets pulled into the detective life and the criminal world to try to discover who done it and why (it all goes back to a missing witness and murder! dun dun da). Annie’s beating was just one line of a dark and dangerous web of crimes. Alice soon find out is that things are never what they seem and you can’t trust anyone.

The mystery was suspenseful, there’s a lot of drama happening – a murder, blackmailing, kidnappings, backstabbing and shootings! It indulges in the dark side of Hollywood life and into the dysfunction family. However, despite the interesting premise, there’s patches of the book that just slowed down too much for me. The characters weren’t too bad. The bad guys are pretty terrible people and it’s hard to actually know who’s on the ‘good side’. Which actually made the characters more interesting since everyone seems to be in it for themselves, you always had to wonder about their motivates for any of their actions. The problem was a lot of the characters still just fitted into the boring typecast making them a bit predictable as soon as you knew who they were. Good news is even when I thought I had it all figured out, there’s still a few extra twist and turns to keep the ending from being too typical.

Overall, it was a enjoyable young adult meets film-noir-esque read that gave us a glimpse into the deadly lifestyle of the rich and famous.

{*Thank to Disney Hyperion & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.



“Alice, when I get home from those things, I just wishes I was invisible, so I pretend that I am.”

So I let her be invisible. It didn’t seem like much to ask. If I’d known she would develop a taste for it, that one day she’d disappear altogether, maybe I would have done something else. Maybe I should have tried harder to stop her.


I needed a decent night’s sleep, a bath, a meal, someone I could trust. a new set of parents, and cab fare. But right at the moment, what I needed most were answers.



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About Mary McCoy:

Mary McCoyMary 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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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Dead to Me by Mary McCoy”

  1. “I read a lot of this book in my head as Alice doing a monologue to me/the audience”

    That’s funny! I do stuff like that too. This sounds like a really good book.

    1. Glad to hear I’m not the only one!
      It was a pretty good read (:

  2. That book sounds so interesting! Great giveaway. 🙂

    1. It’s was (:

  3. I’m glad this book surprised you in the end! I love the sound of all this drama and intrigue set against a historical noir background, love that moodier feel. I’d probably read this book in black and white because of it :). But it is disappointing that these characters didn’t pop out more than they did. Thanks for the review!

    1. Haha, yes, definitely black and white 😉 No problem!

  4. This does sound good, what a shame it wasn’t more evenly paced..I hate when I get pulled out. I do love the darker aspects

    1. Yeah, if only, but it was still a interesting read!

  5. I read it in the same way, especially at the beginning! I hope that’s how it was meant to be read… 🙂 I liked that there were still little bits to uncover all along the way, too. 😀

  6. The dark side of Hollywood angle sounds really fascinating, as does the film noir setting. But predictable characters? Hmmmm. Great review Cyn!

  7. I like the sound of the darker, Hollywood setting revealed here that you desribed, Cyn! It’s too bad that the pace was off. Still, I’m glad those twist kept you on your toes (love that) and it was an enjoyable read.
    Thanks for the great review and a chance to win a copy of Dead To Me! 🙂

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