The Lonely Dead
A killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes that Tori is actually dead -- that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?Master mystery-write April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel.

The Lonely Dead Details

TitleThe Lonely Dead
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-139781250157577
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Lonely Dead Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    On a short-cut home through a local park, 17-y.o. Adele, comes across her estranged friend, Tori, crying and distraught. After talking to her for a while, trying to figure out what is wrong, Adele notices a very important fact about Tori. She's dead and sitting atop her recently buried remains.That's right. Adele sees dead people but not in the way you would think. She only sees them in the location where their remains are. The spirits, if you will, are attached to their earthly remains via a co On a short-cut home through a local park, 17-y.o. Adele, comes across her estranged friend, Tori, crying and distraught. After talking to her for a while, trying to figure out what is wrong, Adele notices a very important fact about Tori. She's dead and sitting atop her recently buried remains.That's right. Adele sees dead people but not in the way you would think. She only sees them in the location where their remains are. The spirits, if you will, are attached to their earthly remains via a cord of mist that extends from the backs of the their heads. Therefore, they are tethered to that location and do not necessarily bandy about haunting different places.Adele knows that Tori has been murdered and she needs to report the body to the police. Fearing she will be considered a suspect she makes an anonymous call from a payphone and returns home to her life.Turns out there are things called security cameras and the cops figure out it was her that made the call. This and the fact that everyone witnessed a big fight between Adele and Tori on the night of her death makes Adele a prime suspect. She therefore realizes she needs Tori's help to figure out what happened to her so she can clear herself and bring the real killer to justice.This book and I did not get along. As you most likely guessed from the tone of the above-mentioned gifs.The synopsis sounded promising. A paranormal mystery and I guess, in a way, that is what it was except it wasn't super mysterious and the paranormal elements were quite simplistic. I think maybe this book would work better for a younger age group who is perhaps just getting into paranormal mystery stories, as someone new to the genre wouldn't have much to compare this too. This being said, while I think the writing works best for a Tween category, the topics don't really mesh well with that age group. There is a lot of drinking, binge drinking, talk of binge drinking, sex, party scenes, etc.So, yeah, maybe not the best thing to buy your 12-year old. Additionally, the overall feel of the book made me uncomfortable. This could completely be me, a personal preference or what have you, decide for yourself but the mental health rep...I wasn't crazy about it. Adele has been diagnosed with schizophrenia for which she has been prescribed medication. She takes this medication up until the time our story starts when she admits to secretly stopping and hiding the pills. She goes on to say on numerous occasions how much better her life is now that she is off it even though now she is seeing things again whereas before she wasn't. The medication had been dulling her 'gift' to see dead things.This is a topic returned to over and over again in the book and I'm just not sure if glorifying going off prescribed medications for serious mental health issues in a teen book is a good thing?Seriously, though, I don't know. Maybe I was reading into it wrong or I am taking it too literally. I don't know. I have never suffered from a hallucinatory disorder personally so may not be the best judge on this. Besides this overriding issue, however, I did have a few other problems with it. The 'mystery' was pretty apparent from the beginning. The build-up was too long and the conclusion too rushed. There was a lesson in a health class about binge drinking that just got brought up over and over again that was sort of lame. Things got really wacky at the end. Meh. Just not for me. However, if this synopsis sounds interesting to you, I want you to pick it up. I want to hear what other people think of this and the mental health stuff in particular. I seriously hope my review doesn't stop anyone from picking this up. For me, it didn't work, but I am sure some people out there will really enjoy it.Thank you so much to the publisher, Henry Holt and Co., for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review. I always appreciate the opportunity to provide my opinion.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had read a couple of April’s other books and I loved this premise, sadly I was pretty disappointed. Also, two stars might be too high. I wanted to like Adele, but her inner monologue was not something I could settle into. I get that she’s struggling with family history and current events, yet I didn’t feel empathy. All of the other characters are clichéd and flat. No one felt fleshed out and developed as they should have been. Plot wise, it was very boring. The reveals were obvious and everyth I had read a couple of April’s other books and I loved this premise, sadly I was pretty disappointed. Also, two stars might be too high. I wanted to like Adele, but her inner monologue was not something I could settle into. I get that she’s struggling with family history and current events, yet I didn’t feel empathy. All of the other characters are clichéd and flat. No one felt fleshed out and developed as they should have been. Plot wise, it was very boring. The reveals were obvious and everything felt dumbed down. And not because I’m not the target audience, more like the reader wasn’t expected to be able to figure it out. There wasn’t a sense of urgency or tension that I expected from a story like this.Overall, it was an intriguing premise, but the execution didn’t work for me. FYI: lots of talk about schizophrenia, mental illness, taking medication, and references to being “plump”. All of this was done in perhaps not the best way. **Huge thanks to Henry Holt for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...* I was sent a copy of this in exchange for my honest review *Ever since Adele was a little girl she's been able to talk to the dead. Her mother had the same gift but had always told her to ignore it. One day on the way home, she sees her ex-bestfriend Tori sitting alone in the woods and quickly realizes she's dead. As the news of Tori's murder gets out, Adele finds herself as the main Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...* I was sent a copy of this in exchange for my honest review *Ever since Adele was a little girl she's been able to talk to the dead. Her mother had the same gift but had always told her to ignore it. One day on the way home, she sees her ex-bestfriend Tori sitting alone in the woods and quickly realizes she's dead. As the news of Tori's murder gets out, Adele finds herself as the main suspect when she is unable to provide an alibi. 2 stars may be a bit generous to be honest, for the most part I was bored. Nothing really happened and most of the story was Adele just feeling sorry for herself. I didn't feel as though Adele developed at all through out the story. I also felt that the other minor characters were all one-dimensional and flat. I really hated Tori, she was a despicable human and honestly I'm not even mad she was murdered. I didn't care what happened to any of the characters or feel any sense of urgency/suspense through out the story.
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    The dead aren't lonely. They're dead.
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I recieved a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.I am not sure this even warrants one star. I'm so mad and disappointed. I should have probably stopped reading at page 7 (!!!) when the author started talking about how medication "dulls" and negatively impacts people or maybe a little later when she states the main character would never be liked because she was overweight. But the constant bomba See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I recieved a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.I am not sure this even warrants one star. I'm so mad and disappointed. I should have probably stopped reading at page 7 (!!!) when the author started talking about how medication "dulls" and negatively impacts people or maybe a little later when she states the main character would never be liked because she was overweight. But the constant bombardment of negative stereotypes and stigma towards those who take medication made me so angry and upset.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    1 star.I have about 20 pages left but I honestly can't bring myself to read the rest. I've disliked April Henry's writing but for some reason I keep coming back to her books, but I think this was her last chance.The mental illness and fat rep isn't terrible? It's just not...great.This definitely reminded me of UNDEAD GIRL GANG and CITY OF GHOSTS because of the paranormal thriller vibe, but I can't recommend this.* I was sent this for free in advance so I can honestly review it via Netgalley, so 1 star.I have about 20 pages left but I honestly can't bring myself to read the rest. I've disliked April Henry's writing but for some reason I keep coming back to her books, but I think this was her last chance.The mental illness and fat rep isn't terrible? It's just not...great.This definitely reminded me of UNDEAD GIRL GANG and CITY OF GHOSTS because of the paranormal thriller vibe, but I can't recommend this.* I was sent this for free in advance so I can honestly review it via Netgalley, so thanks so much to the publisher. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read April Henry before, but I know my 8th grade students have. I wanted to read this one because I book talk to my students and felt they would be interested in hearing about Adele, Charlie, Tori, and Luke. When Adele is walking home from Tori’s party, she finds Tori dead. Adele and Tori’s boyfriend Luke become suspects in her murder. Charlie’s Uncle begins to investigate and things don’t look good for Adele. I was given an e-book from NetGalley.
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  • Rashika (is tired)
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh I don’t even know how to word as I write this review. I’ve written and deleted the first sentence about a 100 times. BUT. I guess. Here is the thing, I read an April Henry novel years ago, liked it, and read a BUNCH by her this year. Just looking at the books in the chronological order they were published, it seems that the books have gotten progressively worse? Which is to say, that her later books have lost that kick a lot of her earlier books had.If you’ve been a fan for a while and comin Ugh I don’t even know how to word as I write this review. I’ve written and deleted the first sentence about a 100 times. BUT. I guess. Here is the thing, I read an April Henry novel years ago, liked it, and read a BUNCH by her this year. Just looking at the books in the chronological order they were published, it seems that the books have gotten progressively worse? Which is to say, that her later books have lost that kick a lot of her earlier books had.If you’ve been a fan for a while and coming to this book because you have come to expect some thrill and some mystery from April Henry, you should stay. If you want anything more than that, like character development and to read about people you don’t want to punch just a little, you should maybe scoot along?? IDK. If I were reading my own review, I’d probably choose to read the book because sometimes I ~am~ just craving a quick mystery to take off the edge but The Lonely Dead really doesn’t have much else going for it besides that April Henry basically knows how to write a mystery.For starters, the girl who died is a bitch. We are supposed to like her better by the end of the novel, but she is a racist bitch and I am NOT HERE FOR THAT SHIT. I will tolerate bullies, I will not tolerate bullies that bully girls by pointing out their darker skin. NOPE. Mind you, there is all but one line that alludes to this but that should give you an idea about the kind of person dear Tori was.As I’ve grown up and become more aware, I’ve also become more sensitive to books that do the whole “MC is thought to have a mental illness (usually schizophrenia) but can actually see things others cannot.” I think it’s such a fine line to walk and sometimes if not done carefully, it can seem dismissive of people who actually have those mental illnesses and to mental health specialists. I will give April Henry the credit she is due by saying she really does seem to acknowledge this as a larger issue. It did seem a little unnatural, the way it is incorporated within the context of the novel, but I do appreciate the distinction.As for the actual MC, Adele is SO BLAND. Her entire existence is ‘woe is me’ and she is so dense sometimes. I am pretty sure she is a plot device and not an actual character, lol. So is basically everyone else in this book.The plot does have a little zing to it in that I became invested enough to continue turning pages even though the characters were basically all cardboard caricatures. I wanted to know who killed Tori and I wanted to the po-po to finally catch the right people. I was also slightly invested in Charlie (who is a sort-of love interest) but he barely had a presence in the book.UGh. I need to stop talking/typing because this review has also become extremely bland and I am sure anyone reading this wants this torture to end so I WILL SHUT UP SOON. BUT, if you are interested in this book, I say read it if you’re just looking for a quick, semi-engaging read. We need those kinds of books too. If you want actual character development or to have any interest in any of their lives, you should probably not read this book.
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  • Liesl Stach
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this from Net Galley."The Lonely Dead" features a girl named Adele, who is able to see, touch, and talk to the dead. Her mother had this ability, as did her grandmother, and her great-grandmother. This ability has been passed down through women in her family throughout the generations, but her mother taught her to keep it a secret so people wouldn't believe Adele mentally ill. Adele has been on medication for schizophrenia for the last ten years, but when she stops ta I received an early copy of this from Net Galley."The Lonely Dead" features a girl named Adele, who is able to see, touch, and talk to the dead. Her mother had this ability, as did her grandmother, and her great-grandmother. This ability has been passed down through women in her family throughout the generations, but her mother taught her to keep it a secret so people wouldn't believe Adele mentally ill. Adele has been on medication for schizophrenia for the last ten years, but when she stops taking them and goes to a party where everything goes wrong, she realizes two days later that she can see her erstwhile best friend Tori hovering over her own shallow grave in the woods.The concept is what piqued my interest in this book. I love a good mystery, and I enjoy watching crime dramas such as "Criminal Minds" and "Law and Order." This is the first book by April Henry that I've ever read, but my research shows she's a very prolific mystery and thriller writer. I'm eager to read her past work now that I've read this. Henry has a flair for this sort of writing. The plot was intriguing and I couldn't put it down, having to know what came next.I enjoyed the characters as well. I felt Adele was three-dimensional, engaging, and relatable. Her relationship with Tori (the dead best friend) was also realistic. When you've been friends with someone since childhood, the relationship can become complicated, and I feel that this was well-defined. This will be an excellent read during Halloween, and I will certainly be recommending it to teenagers looking for mysteries when it comes out in January.
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  • Mikayla (MikaylaReading)
    January 1, 1970
    I had many problems with The Lonely Dead, but I think it all can be boiled down to lazy writing and poor representation. This story was told in a very linear way. Once our character found out a new piece of information, she would immediately go to talk to someone who revealed something else immediately. Then, our character would use that information to go find the next person to question. It left little suspense or mystery to the story and everything felt too easy. However, all the information e I had many problems with The Lonely Dead, but I think it all can be boiled down to lazy writing and poor representation. This story was told in a very linear way. Once our character found out a new piece of information, she would immediately go to talk to someone who revealed something else immediately. Then, our character would use that information to go find the next person to question. It left little suspense or mystery to the story and everything felt too easy. However, all the information ends up being largely irrelevant to the actual solution. Almost every piece of information given to the reader is a red herring with very little opportunity to solve the mystery for themselves. This story also does a fair bit of telling and lays out information so plainly to the reader it's as if the author assumed the audience was too stupid to make the connections unless it was spelled out for them. All the characters were overly dramatic with their reactions, and no piece of dialogue felt genuine. Our main character and important side characters remain one dimensional throughout the novel with very little character development. In addition, our villain character's motivations make no sense in the climax. Finally, my final complaint with the writing is that it was generally lazy, going so far to time jump out of the climax. My last complaint is with the representation, both for mental health medication and fat representation. I can not speak from an own-voice perspective about the medication, however it seemed odd how much this book stigmatized medication. While I recognize people have very many reactions to medication and not all our positive (and, of course, the idea is to show Adele doesn't actually have schizophrenia) it ended up demonizing all medication. Adele is never explicitly said to be fat, but there are many hints that imply she is, including descriptions of her being "plump," "a bigger girl" and her own preoccupation with how much space she is taking up. While this isn't overtly problematic and can reflect many fat people's experience, her weight has no relevance to the story and to only have her feel negatively about her weight affirms to fat people there is something wrong with their bodies. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Henry’s books have been hit or miss with me. I read Run, Hide, Fight Back last year and it was filled with suspense and twists. I also read Shock Point and loved it, but then I moved on to The Girl I Used to Be and it was a bust. The Lonely Dead fit in that category as well. I didn’t despise the writing or characters, but more of the plot. I recently finished City of Ghosts and I adore the Darkest Powers series so the bar was automatically raised when I started the first page of The Lonely Dead. Henry’s books have been hit or miss with me. I read Run, Hide, Fight Back last year and it was filled with suspense and twists. I also read Shock Point and loved it, but then I moved on to The Girl I Used to Be and it was a bust. The Lonely Dead fit in that category as well. I didn’t despise the writing or characters, but more of the plot. I recently finished City of Ghosts and I adore the Darkest Powers series so the bar was automatically raised when I started the first page of The Lonely Dead. The issue was my expectations since I wanted to be swept away like I had been with similar novels. I loved the fact that Adele is described as plump. She isn't the typical YA main character who is skinny and average looking but has the hottest guy in the school secretly in love with her. She isolates herself because her classmates think she has a mental illness when in reality she can see and talk with the dead; she doesn't discover this until she stops taking her medication. I wished there was more mystery and twists with Adele’s journey of trying to solve her former best friend's murder. There's almost a whole chapter on alcohol poisoning during a health class discussion that could have been reduced to get the point across that Tori blacked out and doesn't remember who killed her. Adele makes an impulsive decision to buy a pen that records conversations and she goes around and questions the suspects on her list. They don't offer her any information. Her suspect list was rashly put together based on secondhand information from her classmates regarding what happened after the party. It wasn't thought through. Despite the fact that I was indifferent about this read, I'm sure others will enjoy it and I definitely will read Henry's future works.Thank you NetGalley for an ARC.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. So . . . where to start with this one. It is classic April Henry fodder-there is a murder, a mystery, and a girl somehow finds herself in the middle of it all. There is a lack of character development and undersold back stories, but you find yourself not really caring because it's quick, it's kinda fun, and you know that most of the middle school kids she is writing for are Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. So . . . where to start with this one. It is classic April Henry fodder-there is a murder, a mystery, and a girl somehow finds herself in the middle of it all. There is a lack of character development and undersold back stories, but you find yourself not really caring because it's quick, it's kinda fun, and you know that most of the middle school kids she is writing for are gonna love it. BUT, this one also has the added weight of not just being a murder-mystery, it is also a paranormal affair since the main character can see and interact with ghosts. This is how she unluckily is the one to discover the dead girl and report it to police. Of course, all of her life, she has been told that she actually has schizophrenia, and that is why she sees things that might not actually be there. The kicker: for the past three weeks she's been ditching her meds because without them "she finally feels alive." I am so pissed that April Henry wrote this into the storyline. I want to like this book. I want to buy multiple copies of it for my shelves because I know that she is an auto-recommend for kids in my building. They can NOT get enough of her or murder mysteries, and finding ones that are "gritty" enough for them to enjoy with them delving too far into YA-land can be a challenge. April Henry always comes through for this. But now, to write a story that so heavily relies on the narrator deciding that she has been misdiagnosed, because she doesn't like how she feels medicated, how she questions that some of the others with schizophrenia might also just be misunderstood, seems somewhat irresponsible. Mental illness isn't something to be used as a plot twist.Final verdict: I'm still on the fence about purchasing this one. I'd recommend it for readers of April Henry and murder mysteries, but understand that you are wading into some murky waters with this storyline.
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  • Martina Urbanová
    January 1, 1970
    Zaujímavý pokus s hrdinkou, ktorá vidí duchov, no je presvedčená o tom, že je to len následok jej schizofrénie. Dobre vystihnutá atmosféra. Zaujímavé zápletky. Ale ten záver mohol byť o niečo "slávnejší". Za mňa príjemné čítanie.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    An intriguing mystery with a nice supernatural twist!
  • Natalie ⭐
    January 1, 1970
    Oof. This book was just... IMPOSSIBLE for me to get through. And it’s only 200-ish pages. What’s the deal with that?Honestly, this sort of felt like a supernatural, more linear version of One of Us is Lying—except infinitely less compelling. Even though our protagonist’s life is on the line, there was pretty much no sense of urgency. I didn’t care about who was really guilty because the evidence for every character was totally circumstantial, AND the protagonist couldn’t even wholeheartedly say Oof. This book was just... IMPOSSIBLE for me to get through. And it’s only 200-ish pages. What’s the deal with that?Honestly, this sort of felt like a supernatural, more linear version of One of Us is Lying—except infinitely less compelling. Even though our protagonist’s life is on the line, there was pretty much no sense of urgency. I didn’t care about who was really guilty because the evidence for every character was totally circumstantial, AND the protagonist couldn’t even wholeheartedly say that she was innocent. She’s an unreliable narrator in the most annoying and frustrating sense.Plus, none of the characters were actually compelling. ”Okay, yeah, how much can you REALLY get done in 225 pages?” you might protest. YOU CAN DO ENOUGH. Instead of tossing out character names and giving us one-dimensional background caricatures, maybe develop at least one or two characters. Even our more “developed” characters, like Adele, Tori, and Charlie, were pretty straightforward in what they wanted: Adele wanted to stop having to deal with the dead, Tori wanted to find her killer, and Charlie... Wanted to be a detective, I guess? His main purposes were just to be “Cute Boy #2” and to sometimes explain stuff or cause minor conflicts.There’s also a huge section of the book where the concept of blacking out after drinking too much alcohol is explained, and it honestly just felt like a big PSA. Of course there might be some readers who don’t know about it, but I was frustrated that so much of the book was devoted to explain this specific concept when other, more plot-relevant concepts (like how Adele’s powers work) aren’t explained much, if at all.I also felt frustrated with the supposed “fat representation” in this book. While there are several instances of our protagonist being called “plump” or even being made fun of for her weight, the model on the cover is... decidedly not plump. It might seem like a really nitpick-y grievance, but goshdarnit, it’s my grievance nonetheless.While I don’t feel qualified to speak about the mental illness—specifically, schizophrenia—representation, it just didn’t sit right with me. A lot of my own feelings about the representation are actually kind of addressed in the last chapter only to be immediately glossed over.Overall... this was a miss for me. I won’t be picking up any more of Henry’s books, sadly, but I have no doubt that there will be readers (maybe younger than myself) who will enjoy this book once it’s released.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. I also want to thank Henry Holt & Co and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. Adele can see the dead, well she hasn't for awhile because she has been taking her meds. But lately she hasn't been which is why she is shocked when her friend Tori calls her name as she is walking home from the park. However, she notices immediately that she is dead or well she doesn't want to notice that. So despite not wanting to draw attention to he I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. I also want to thank Henry Holt & Co and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review. Adele can see the dead, well she hasn't for awhile because she has been taking her meds. But lately she hasn't been which is why she is shocked when her friend Tori calls her name as she is walking home from the park. However, she notices immediately that she is dead or well she doesn't want to notice that. So despite not wanting to draw attention to herself she makes the call from a payphone to report the body.Soon Adele finds herself in the middle of investigation and if she isn't careful she might just get arrested for her friend's murder. So this is brief and spoilers, but I also want to talk about a few things. I have read most of April's other books and this just kind of fell flat for me. It had so much potential, the plot, the storyline, and even most of the characters. Sadly I can't even rave about the all of the things I want too because spoilers. That being said Adele, on the one hand I loved her, on the other I was like girl wake up... I mean for real. Her mother warned her, but she couldn't listen. Second the investigation was like stumbling in the dark, I mean literally considering how she found out everything. I had a pretty good idea, but wasn't for sure. Mostly because I didn't know if there was going to be a really shocking twist. Kudos for the red herrings and things thrown out to make you think otherwise. Luke, don't get me started on him... and him and Adele...for someone not on the popular side and having been picked one and humiliated she was super naive when it came to him. I know this is a YA so don't think I am judging it too harshly. These are high schoolers and at least 17 so you may not always be completely on the game, but you should know most of the people you are in classes with it, at least by reputation. Overall, I liked the book, I just wanted more from it.
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  • Jenni Frencham
    January 1, 1970
    Henry, April. The Lonely Dead. Henry Holt & Co, 2018.Adele can speak with the dead. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Adele can see and communicate with the dead when she is near the place their remains lie. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, Adele has been taking medication to damper the voices of the dead. But recently she stopped taking her meds, and now her former best friend is speaking to her, right over the place where her body is buried. Soon the murder is discove Henry, April. The Lonely Dead. Henry Holt & Co, 2018.Adele can speak with the dead. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Adele can see and communicate with the dead when she is near the place their remains lie. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, Adele has been taking medication to damper the voices of the dead. But recently she stopped taking her meds, and now her former best friend is speaking to her, right over the place where her body is buried. Soon the murder is discovered, the police are looking for someone to pin the crime on, and Adele is looking like the ideal suspect.Anyone who enjoys shows like Supernatural or X-Files where people can speak to the dead, combined with shows like Criminal Minds or Bones where there are murder investigations, would enjoy this book. The ending was completely predictable in the way many suspense/thriller endings are, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. This book focuses mainly on the action of the plot, and it is certainly a compelling story. There is not much world-building and not a ton of character development, but if you are looking for a fast-paced story, this is the one for you. I can't speak to the use of schizophrenia as Adele's diagnosis, but I do hope some #ownvoices reviewers on Goodreads do address this issue. It is unsurprising that she was diagnosed, especially with the history of her mother and grandmother also speaking to the dead, but I don't know how an #ownvoices reviewer would see the way this issue was handled. Recommended for: teensRed Flags: language, attempted murderOverall Rating: 3/5 starsRead-Alike Authors: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Nick Lake, Lucy ChristopherI received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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  • K.L.
    January 1, 1970
    The Lonely Dead was an enticing thriller of murder, people’s true nature and finding one’s self. The story follows Adele, a girl that’s been misdiagnosed with a mental disorder. When in actuality she can communicate with the dead. To her the dead are just lonely and want someone to talk to, to help them.When Adele stumbles across her use-to-be best friend, Tori in the park, barefoot and in the same dress that she wore at her party a few days ago life for Adele gets turned upside down. She not on The Lonely Dead was an enticing thriller of murder, people’s true nature and finding one’s self. The story follows Adele, a girl that’s been misdiagnosed with a mental disorder. When in actuality she can communicate with the dead. To her the dead are just lonely and want someone to talk to, to help them.When Adele stumbles across her use-to-be best friend, Tori in the park, barefoot and in the same dress that she wore at her party a few days ago life for Adele gets turned upside down. She not only discovered her dead body with her hovering ghost attached to it, but she becomes the prime suspect for her murder. Things between Adele and Tori were not on the bestest of terms when Tori was murdered and Adele starts to second guess if she could’ve done it. Her lack of alibi, mental instability and motive could just make her a great scapegoat too.Rumors soar and hatred flies when people start to push blame on Adele. But while others are accusing her murdering Tori, Tori is begging Adele to help her find out who killed her. Adele could be used as an asset in the case, but she doesn’t know how to tell the police that she see Tori’s ghost. Hence, making her ‘mental disorder’ force more blame onto her.The backstory of Adele’s life is tragic. Her great grandmother, grandmother and mother all could see ghosts. All have died because of it. Yet, that makes her who she is. The plot touches base with topics that are realistic and happening all around you.Overall, I devoured this story in just a few days. It was a smooth, easy read that was entertaining all the way to end. It played with your mind and left you at a loss for words.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the take on ghosts in this YA paranormal mystery, but unfortunately the plot wasn’t as strong as the concept.Adele has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, but she actually does see dead people, not hallucinations. When a former friend is murdered after they have a fight at a party, Adele discovers Tori’s ghost—and her body. Tori wants Adele to help figure out who murdered her, and Adele reluctantly agrees. Her attempts to find the killer become more urgent when the police start to suspect I enjoyed the take on ghosts in this YA paranormal mystery, but unfortunately the plot wasn’t as strong as the concept.Adele has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, but she actually does see dead people, not hallucinations. When a former friend is murdered after they have a fight at a party, Adele discovers Tori’s ghost—and her body. Tori wants Adele to help figure out who murdered her, and Adele reluctantly agrees. Her attempts to find the killer become more urgent when the police start to suspect that Adele herself committed the crime.As an idea, the story works, but the mystery aspect is weak. Adele’s sleuthing is not very effective; she mostly wanders around speculating about whether this or that person might have committed the crime. In the end, the killer’s own miscalculations are their downfall, and the story is wrapped up in a very abrupt way. The identity of the murderer wasn’t exactly a surprise, either.I did like the way Adele’s ghostly gift works. Rather than being haunted by ghosts who follow her around, Adele can only see the dead when she is near their remains. That’s an interesting idea, and it adds some complexity to the story, since Adele can only communicate with Tori at certain times, like the visitation and the funeral. So, Adele really doesn’t have a ghostly partner in her investigations, which is the more typical approach. It’s too bad that the story itself doesn't live up to the premise.A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Alexandria
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy through a Goodreads giveaway.Adele has the ability to see and speak to ghosts, just like her mother and grandmother did. On her way home from school, Adele finds the body of her former best friend in a shallow grave with Tori’s ghost sitting on top. She tries to deny that she is speaking to Tori’s ghost, calling her a hallucination brought on by her mental illness. But, after she reports the body, she is thrust into a mystery revolving around the death of Tori and endanger I received a free copy through a Goodreads giveaway.Adele has the ability to see and speak to ghosts, just like her mother and grandmother did. On her way home from school, Adele finds the body of her former best friend in a shallow grave with Tori’s ghost sitting on top. She tries to deny that she is speaking to Tori’s ghost, calling her a hallucination brought on by her mental illness. But, after she reports the body, she is thrust into a mystery revolving around the death of Tori and endangering her own life.I was uncomfortable with how mental illness was presented in this book. The way that schizophrenia was explained didn’t feel quite right and the medication that Adele took prior to the murder was shown as bad for her. It was described as making her feel less alive. Tori was difficult to like, due to her awful behavior during her life and I just couldn’t feel any sympathy for her. She was a bully and never understood even when her behavior was pointed out to her that her teasing and insults affected and hurt others. There were other incidences, such as abuse, mentioned that seemed to just be breezed over and never really expanded on.There was a major lack of character development throughout the book. The characters felt flat and seemed overly dramatic at certain parts. It didn’t feel that there was much of a mystery and I had guessed the identity of the murderer very early on. I also didn’t feel much suspense. However, it was fast paced and interesting. I really would have liked to know more about Adele’s powers and how they affected her.
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  • Emily (Richmond Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Younger readers will enjoy this book more than older young adults like myself.Outcast girl sees ghosts. Popular girl dies. You can probably figure out the rest.Where to start... I love a good ghost story and a little mental illness thrown in is the best, but this book reads as if directed towards a very narrow age group. I don't think anyone over the age of 16 would find it entertaining, and with all the talk of underage drinking, I wouldn't want anyone younger than 14 reading it. So the targete Younger readers will enjoy this book more than older young adults like myself.Outcast girl sees ghosts. Popular girl dies. You can probably figure out the rest.Where to start... I love a good ghost story and a little mental illness thrown in is the best, but this book reads as if directed towards a very narrow age group. I don't think anyone over the age of 16 would find it entertaining, and with all the talk of underage drinking, I wouldn't want anyone younger than 14 reading it. So the targeted- but also appropriate- audience for this novel is basically only 15 year olds. Ok maybe 15-17 because the MC is 17, however the girl on the front cover of the book looks 28. So who knows.Seriously though, can I please complain about how many times Adele was so mystified by her new-found knowledge that sometimes people black out when they drink? There was a good 5 or 6 times she recalled her health class teacher mentioning that sometimes people black out after drinking a lot and don't remember what they did. I felt this was basic knowledge but our MC really seemed to have no clue.There was also no romance. The book begins w Adele randomly kissing Charlie (maybe just so the author would have a reason to keep him as a character) and before at Tori's infamous party (hate this trope) where she drunk-kissed Luke, Tori's boyfriend. *gasp* not."The Lonely Dead" is an okay ghost story for some teenagers.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Adele has been labelled as schizophrenic since she was young. After talking to animals and people that weren’t actually there and based on the history of the women in her family, it was obvious that Adele suffered from this condition. However, when Adele stops taking her medications, she realizes that her hallucinations were actually dead people and animals. When she stumbles over a classmate’s spirit and murdered body, Adele becom I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Adele has been labelled as schizophrenic since she was young. After talking to animals and people that weren’t actually there and based on the history of the women in her family, it was obvious that Adele suffered from this condition. However, when Adele stops taking her medications, she realizes that her hallucinations were actually dead people and animals. When she stumbles over a classmate’s spirit and murdered body, Adele becomes obsessed with finding the murderer, though many signs point to the fact that she is responsible. Adele is going to need to use her abilities and her budding friendship with two different guys to help find the killer.I am uneasy about the way that mental illness is portrayed in this novel. It almost feels like mental illness is made up, it creates a dangerous environment surrounding mental health and only briefly addresses these ideals at the end. Also, the main character’s obsession with her health teacher’s explanation of the effects of alcohol seem strange, especially since she frequently talks about it. Barring the mental illness layer, Adele’s abilities and history were interesting.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC of this book!*Adele is schizophrenic, just like her mother and grandmother, and has been taking medication for years to stop the delusions. It's not like ghosts are actually real, and Adele is smart enough to know that the little dead girl at the Oregon Trail Museum was just her brain making up stories. So, when Adele accidentally misses a pill, and feels alive for the first time in years, she decides to stop taking them... just for a little while. Of course, se *Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC of this book!*Adele is schizophrenic, just like her mother and grandmother, and has been taking medication for years to stop the delusions. It's not like ghosts are actually real, and Adele is smart enough to know that the little dead girl at the Oregon Trail Museum was just her brain making up stories. So, when Adele accidentally misses a pill, and feels alive for the first time in years, she decides to stop taking them... just for a little while. Of course, seeing the ghost of her ex-best friend is going to make her question things, when said best friend turns up to actually be dead-- and Adele is the main suspect. Could the ghosts actually be real? And will anyone trust a teenager - especially one who was diagnosed schizophrenic, and especially one who just may have been blackout drunk the night it all went down? *My Notes* I really liked this one! I love the idea that a character with a supernatural power has decided that it must just be a hallucination. If you're used to your brain tricking you, how do you know what to trust? Also, I didn't know whodunnit, and I love it when a story is twisty enough that I can't figure it out.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    The Lonely Dead by April Henry is a great YA novel. April Henry’s books always are suspenseful, revealing and keeps a reader on edge. This novel - her newest - is no different. This time, April Henry explores the elements between drinking, blackouts, schizophrenia and seeing things that others cannot see. The story gives you a lot to think about while keeping you ramped up.Adele can see, talk with, touch and interact with the dead. Her mother teaches her that this is something that you do not sp The Lonely Dead by April Henry is a great YA novel. April Henry’s books always are suspenseful, revealing and keeps a reader on edge. This novel - her newest - is no different. This time, April Henry explores the elements between drinking, blackouts, schizophrenia and seeing things that others cannot see. The story gives you a lot to think about while keeping you ramped up.Adele can see, talk with, touch and interact with the dead. Her mother teaches her that this is something that you do not speak about, especially with her family history. However, when her mother dies, Adele was brought to a doctor and now takes medication for schizophrenia. It is only when she decides that she doesn’t want to live life without color and decides she is done with medication. Adele finds her ex- friend, Tori sitting in the woods. It is from this premise that the story gains speed and mystery and suspicion grows. Who killed Tori and why and Adele is worried she is a prime suspect. April Henry has written a wonderful story of suspense and chilling events. I found the story slowly builds the suspense. The characters were realistic and it seems that April Henry really has an understanding of what young adults like to read. The Lonely Dead by April Henry was a fun read.
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  • Mandy Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    Let's be honest. I know you will read this. It's April Henry.Mystery.Page-turner.Quick.I'm not saying you shouldn't.The Lonely Dead is an interesting take. Adele has been diagnosed with a mental illness because she carries a trait in the female lineage of her family that allows her to see the dead. When she sees the ghost of someone no one else knows has died yet, life gets messy.I have to say, my favorite part of this book is the take that Adele was misdiagnosed. The author says it's not the ca Let's be honest. I know you will read this. It's April Henry.Mystery.Page-turner.Quick.I'm not saying you shouldn't.The Lonely Dead is an interesting take. Adele has been diagnosed with a mental illness because she carries a trait in the female lineage of her family that allows her to see the dead. When she sees the ghost of someone no one else knows has died yet, life gets messy.I have to say, my favorite part of this book is the take that Adele was misdiagnosed. The author says it's not the case for everyone, but it does make an interesting premise. The murder mystery plays out believably.I just kind of wanted...So, if this winds up being the first in a series about a super cool detective, ghost-seeing girl like Nancy Drew with paranormal powers, I am all in. However, if it really is just a standalone and not an introduction to characters and abilities, I feel like it fell short in character development. (A series would continue this and allowances are always made for that.)So, you should read it if mysteries are your thing. Let me know what you think too!
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  • Megan Maine
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC copy. I really enjoyed this book and it was a nice quick read. There were certain aspects of the book that I didn't like, such as how she set up the ghosts however it was different and made me really think which I did like and why I rated the book higher. The reason I did down grade the book a star was because I found certain things annoying about the book, like the cops and the main character was slightly whine, however I am a teacher and deal with teenagers all day so I received this as an ARC copy. I really enjoyed this book and it was a nice quick read. There were certain aspects of the book that I didn't like, such as how she set up the ghosts however it was different and made me really think which I did like and why I rated the book higher. The reason I did down grade the book a star was because I found certain things annoying about the book, like the cops and the main character was slightly whine, however I am a teacher and deal with teenagers all day so the whining may only bother me. Typically on thrills I figure them out quickly which makes them less fun, this was not the case for this book I didn't have a clue who the killer was and didn't start to get a feeling of who it was until like 1 chapter before it was revealed. I almost feel like she could spin this book into a series if she wanted to and it would be good but it also works as a stand alone. Overall I would recommend this book, if your looking for a quick read and a decent teen thriller.
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for access to this title in return for a fair review.Adele has been told for most of her life that she has a mental illness, and she takes medication to keep the "hallucinations" at bay. But when she stops taking her pills, the world becomes brighter and she loves feeling more engaged with what's happening around her. Until she starts seeing ghosts again.When she discovers the body of her ex-best friend, one she just had a big fight with, she's not sure what to do. Soon s Thanks to the publisher for access to this title in return for a fair review.Adele has been told for most of her life that she has a mental illness, and she takes medication to keep the "hallucinations" at bay. But when she stops taking her pills, the world becomes brighter and she loves feeling more engaged with what's happening around her. Until she starts seeing ghosts again.When she discovers the body of her ex-best friend, one she just had a big fight with, she's not sure what to do. Soon she finds herself a key suspect in the murder, and, working with the dead she sees and an unlikely ally, she works to solve the mystery and save herself.As a huge fan of Henry's, I was excited to get this one. It's a great addition to her works, and I would love to see this one turned into a series and see more of Adele and Charlie. Perfect for more reluctant readers who are fans of crime novels, this is a quick read with tons of action and plenty of twists to keep up interest.
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  • Sara Kiplinger
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to the author and publisher for sending my library 10 advanced copies, which enabled me to do a book club with my students before release day. Many of them will never get to experience reading a book before it comes out again. They were pumped!As always, April Henry delivers a great, quick mystery read that is intriguing to all students. I have students who hate reading but will pick up an April Henry book; and, I have students that love to read and will pick up an April Henry boo Special thanks to the author and publisher for sending my library 10 advanced copies, which enabled me to do a book club with my students before release day. Many of them will never get to experience reading a book before it comes out again. They were pumped!As always, April Henry delivers a great, quick mystery read that is intriguing to all students. I have students who hate reading but will pick up an April Henry book; and, I have students that love to read and will pick up an April Henry book. Most of the latter say they wish they were longer, but we discuss why Ms. Henry always writes shorter novels; because she is trying to appeal to all readers. This kept us guessing, and though many of us figured out who the killer was ahead of time, we kept going because we had to know what happened and why. This will be an easy sell to readers of all types.
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  • Sandy O'Brien
    January 1, 1970
    “That rise is a grave.And that grave? It’s Tori’s.She’s dead. But she doesn’t know it.”Adele can see and hear dead people. Sounds crazy, right?•One day as she is walking through the park she hears someone calling her name. When she goes to investigate she finds her ex friend’s, Tori, ghost sitting atop her own grave.•Adele tries to backtrack and investigate what lead to Tori’s death, but suddenly she is the main suspect.•Will she be convicted of a crime she doesn’t remember doing?Will she find t “That rise is a grave.And that grave? It’s Tori’s.She’s dead. But she doesn’t know it.”Adele can see and hear dead people. Sounds crazy, right?•One day as she is walking through the park she hears someone calling her name. When she goes to investigate she finds her ex friend’s, Tori, ghost sitting atop her own grave.•Adele tries to backtrack and investigate what lead to Tori’s death, but suddenly she is the main suspect.•Will she be convicted of a crime she doesn’t remember doing?Will she find the evidence she needs to put the focus on someone else?•I have loved every book that April Henry has written in the past. I was a little unsure about this one because of the paranormal aspect, but she did not disappoint. She had me hooked after the first chapter.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a set of ARCs as part of a teacher program*This was my first April Henry book, and it was a lot of fun. I see how her books get cited consistently by YALSA for teen appeal and readability - a solid murder mystery is fun.This story combined a whodunit with a paranormal element, where the main character can see and speak to the dead. I was taken in by this page-turner and thrown to the ending before I had much of a chance to think about the story, the characters, or the resolution. I'm *I received a set of ARCs as part of a teacher program*This was my first April Henry book, and it was a lot of fun. I see how her books get cited consistently by YALSA for teen appeal and readability - a solid murder mystery is fun.This story combined a whodunit with a paranormal element, where the main character can see and speak to the dead. I was taken in by this page-turner and thrown to the ending before I had much of a chance to think about the story, the characters, or the resolution. I'm not sure how much I will remember a few weeks from now (or even how much stuck with me right now as I am writing this), but that's ok. I'll remember I enjoyed it.
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