The Dead Girls Club
Hardcover, 583 pages
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic--and terrifying--consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.
Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face...
In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real--and she could prove it.
That belief got Becca killed.
It's been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night--that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She's done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn't seen since the night Becca died.
The night Heather killed her.
Now, someone else knows what she did...and they're determined to make Heather pay.
Overall, this was a good book. Decent. I liked it. It had great bones and structure. It was the characters I had more trouble with. Mostly the main character since she is in our faces most of the time.
The thriller part of this book was amazing. It has you hooked the entire way through but I couldn’t connect with the main character. She seemed very young to me. Too young for who the grown up version of Heather had become. I felt like young Heather was masquerading as her older self the entire way though the book. Because of that, I wasn’t totally invested in the circumstances.
This book contains a lot of flashbacks and and lot of jumping backward and forward in time. It focuses on how Heather’s life was in the past and then how that past experience is impacting her now. If you aren’t paying attention to which version of Heather is “on screen” in a scene, I can see this book becoming really confusing. I am not a big fan of horror but I guess this book could be grouped in that category somewhat. I felt like this was more of a suspenseful, psychological thriller, though.
If you like thrillers, definitely take this review with a grain of salt. Check it out for yourself.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.