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The Lonely Dead

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-read
While taking a short-cut through a local park on her walk home, 17-year old Adele, stumbles across her estranged friend, Tori, clearly distraught.

After speaking with Tori for a while, Adele notices something strange. Tori's dead and is actually 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 m
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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
Patty (IheartYA311)
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, I read this.

I'm sorry to say this so bluntly, but this sucked.

It read like an early-middle grade and not YA. The writing is lazy, and the characters are dull and undeveloped. The story was not fleshed out well, and the characters' reactions were absolutely unrealistic. It was very plain and simple which is disappointing because it had so much potential. I only kept reading because the story was about ghosts. I used to write stories and poems many years ago, and I've had a few id
Jay G
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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* 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
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
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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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
Rashika (is tired)
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
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good, quick thriller. Will probably check out some of her other books now.
Jennifer Brown
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I read some reviews on this book before actually reading it and they were pretty bad but I still got it from the library. I'm glad I did. People get so offensive with the way things are portrayed, but do they not realize they are reading a work of fiction? I don't know. I will admit that while reading this, I wasn't sure if the narrator (Adele) really was schizophrenic. I liked how the author makes you bounce back and forth between believing her and believing others. I would read more b
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, ghosts
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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this so much! I just love April Henry's writing style and it made this story so much better! The relationships she creates are always so adorable. ...more
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Liesl Miller
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
McCaid Paul
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a solid 4 🌟 read!
April Henry is definitely one of my go-to authors for a fun, fast-paced mystery-thriller. Many of her books have certain elements that make them stand out from the others. The Lonely Dead was her most unique and twisty work yet. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive due to the not-so glowing reviews from her longtime fans and followers. This seemed to be a hit and miss for many.
I don’t care...I LOVED IT. TLD is sooo binge-worthy. The unreliable narrator and mul
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 13, 2020 marked it as dnf-2016-onward  ·  review of another edition
dnf @ 24%

i was turned off by this book right away with the weird discussion of schizophrenia and the negativity about medication. it just fell straight away into one of my most hated tropes. and just in general, i wasn't feeling the characters or plot of this. soooo bye bye.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Mystery
*Rating* 3.5


The Sixth Sense meets The Girl on the Train in this fast-paced murder mystery with a paranormal twist. April Henry weaves another edge-of-your-seat murder mystery—this time with a paranormal twist. For seventeen-year-old Adele Vanderarde, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. Adele inherited the ability to see, and converse with ghosts, human and animal, from her mother and grandmother. The proble
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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 hersel
Mrs. Strudthoff
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
April Henry keeps pumping out her excellent mystery and suspense books!

Adele has a "gift" which actually might be a curse: She can see and talk to the dead. Now, if everyone believed that she could talk to the dead, her gift could be used in a lot of positive ways--solving murders, to name one.

However, in The Lonely Dead, being able to talk to the dead does nothing but dig Adele deeper into the murder of her ex-best friend Tori and threatens to have her locked up in a mental hospital.

The only wa
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
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. ...more
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The Lonely Dead by April Henry, 228 pages. Christy Ottavaino (Henry Holt), 2019. $18.

Content: Language: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13.



Adele can see the dead, a talent/curse that she has inherited from her mother. Adele’s grandfather sees her ability as a mental illness and insists that she take pills, but when Adele doesn’t take her pills she feels more like herself. While walking to school, after a rough weekend at
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing mystery with a nice supernatural twist!
Sherry Thompson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adele Meeker has the paranormal ability of being able to see and talk to dead people. However, for her whole life, she has been told that she is schizophrenic, just like her mother and grandmother were. Adele doesn’t like how she feels when she is medicated, so she stops taking her pills.

When Adele is walking through the park one late afternoon, she sees Tori Rasmussen, her former best friend, sitting on the cold ground and wearing summer clothes, even though it is wintertime. She realizes that
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I read on a whim. I looked through my Want-to-Read list on Goodreads and saw that this one was one of the shorter books and said to myself, why not knock this one out as a quick read. And it was a really quick read. It also wasn’t like what I was expecting, but I’ll get to that.


Our main character is Adele. Despite being the main character, she was kind of forgettable. All the characters were. Adele is an outcast who was labeled at a young age as Schizophrenic
Jenny Ashby
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I was about halfway through this book when a friend asked what I thought of it so far. I replied that I was really enjoying it but that it didn't necessarily feel like an April Henry book. There is still the murder mystery as in all of her books, but the supernatural element was a surprise. Although unexpected, I liked the added mystery of whether Adele is truly seeing the dead or is just allowing her schizophrenia to go unchecked. I was uncomfortable with the ghosts because it seemed like a pre ...more
Megan Maine
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mortisha Cassavetes
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
WoW! I just love April Henry books! They are so unique and creative. This book was Amazing! The story follows Adele, a young high school girl that can see the dead and not just humans but animals as well. Adele's grandmother and mother were born with this gift, or as they seen it, a curse and their lives were tragic. So Adele's grandfather put her on meds to stop the sight but one day she forgets to take them and the next day she feels like her life is in color once again until she is walking ho ...more
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