Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Book Review | The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club is a coming of age horror/thriller mashup from Damien Angelica Walters.



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.

The Dead Girls Club is told through dual timelines, and I think it works really well.

One timeline is set back in the 80s when the Dead Girls Club would get together and tell scary stories and do spooky stuff. It reminded me a lot of my spooky childhood when my friends and I were obsessed dark shit. Those were the days, and I loved reliving some of that through reading The Dead Girls Club. This timeline was my favorite, and it read like a dark Goosebumps novel.

The other timeline was the "now" which read more like an adult thriller. It was fun to have that mix working in the same novel, and I think Damien Angelica Walters did a great job with it.

If you need a recommendation for Women in Horror Month, I think The Dead Girls Club would be the perfect choice.

⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Jennifer

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7 comments:

  1. I love the sounds of this one and dual timelines always seem to be something I enjoy. Glad you liked this one so much!

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  2. I really enjoyed this too. And the childhood sections were really nostalgic for me as well😁

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  3. This was such a great coming of story featuring girls. We need more like this!

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  4. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I liked it too, especially the use of the dual timelines.

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  5. I love that the two timelines were so different. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I could see myself enjoying it as well.

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  6. Ooh! I gotta pick this one up soon!

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