Book Review: DEAD TO ME by Lesley Pearse

Drama, suspense, romance and complex relationships make for great storytelling – and DEAD TO ME gives the reader all of that and much more.

Dead to me, I’m quite ashamed to admit, was my very first Lesley Pearse novel (thanks, Penguin Random House SA!) and I wish it wasn’t! I was instantly drawn in by two vastly different characters who were equally interesting and likable.

The story

Verity and Ruby meet under unusual circumstances; watching a dead body being pulled out of river. Verity comes from a well to do home in London,but her parents are emotionally absent and her sheltered life is as dull as it is proper. Street smart Ruby on the other hand, often has to scrounge around for food, or steal, to feed herself while her mother makes money for her next bottle by selling her body. There friendship is instantaneous and sealed when Verity convinces Ruby to be her guide around London, in return Verity buys Ruby food and teaches her some manners…But life is about to turn their circumstances inside out. Will Verity be able to survive the practicality and shame of poverty? And can Ruby be tamed into being a lady, and shake off her rough childhood and better herself?

While both girls grow into womanhood, and they are haunted and time and again confronted with the demons of their past. Will it break them, or they get the happily ever afters they deserve?

The hook

Dead to me, speaks to how the traumatic events of a childhood shapes the way you  see the world. Our past can keep us shackled and small, unless we find our courage to break free.

lesley pearseAbout the author

Lesley Pearse is one of the UK’s best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 10 million copies of her books to date.  To find out more about Lesley, please visit

Meet the author!


Good news for locals – you can MEET Lesley Pearse while she is on her tour in SA this May! She will also be at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Here are here dates for Cape Town.

Wednesday, 17 May: 18h00 for 18h30 – Author Q+A event at Exclusive Books Cavendish.  FREE event, tickets and further information is available  HERE

Thursday, 18 May: 12h00 for 12h30 – Author Q+A event and lunch at Buitenverwachting restaurant, partnered with The Thursday Club. RSVP to or call 021 685 8016.

Friday 19 May: 13h00-14h00 – “Why are we still talking genre?” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Saturday 20 May: 10h00-11h00 – “On being a ‘book club’ writer” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Saturday 20 May: 14h30-15h30 – “Lesley Pearse in her own words” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival.  

Sunday 21 May: 13h00-14h00 – “Is it hard writing for easy reading” panel at Franschhoek Literary Festival. Tickets and further information about the festival is HERE.


(c) Words by Cindi Page 2017
While I received  a copy of the book in return for an honest review, my opinion is always my own.


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