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The Dead Girls Club: A Novel

de Damien Angelica Walters

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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.… (mais)
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I’m a big fan of horror and the supernatural, and I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The stories and obsession about The Red Lady reminded me of Slenderman and “The Craft”. The second half though was a bit of a letdown and prevented a higher rating. It turned into a whodunit thriller, complete with my oh-so-favorite ending where the villain reveals their plan during a time of crisis. The villain is hinted at in the beginning very stealthily, so when they were revealed I personally wasn’t too surprised, but I suppose other readers would be. The character’s tendency to keep secrets and not talk to each other bugged me. I did enjoy the little movie trivia game Heather played with her husband, as that is something I would do with my husband. ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 9, 2021 |
My thoughts while reading this book. “Eh.” “Meh.” “Oh.” “Hmm.” “Ooh, where‘s she going with this?” “Okay, now it‘s getting creepy.” “WTF is going on here?” “Is it or isn‘t it?” “Must. Know. Now.” “Whah, whah.” There was a stretch where I was on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, so I‘d probably give this author another try. A bit of a “Sun Down Motel” vibe, but you have to stick it out a bit to get there, and the ending underwhelmed me. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

Crooked Lane Books
December 10, 2019
Fiction, supernatural thriller, NetGalley, digital book, ARC (5/19/19)

I received this digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

I think this book would be best catalogued with YA novels as it lacked the grit of an adult thriller. This is not for the person who enjoys deep psychological thrillers.

The story alternates from past to present but mostly focuses on Heather Cole and her paranoid fixation regarding events of the past. It is difficult to take the journey with the protagonist as it feels like she is going down the rabbit hole. Since it didn’t feel warranted I couldn’t follow her and thus watched from above in disbelief shaking my head.

Ironically, Heather Cole is a child psychologist who slowly unravels when she is taunted with reminders of her own unresolved childhood trauma. Unfortunately, she becomes angry and defensive with her husband Ryan who becomes worried about her suspicious behavior. Heather begins to revisit her childhood trauma recalling the events of The Dead Girls Club and their fascination with the gruesome crimes and The Red Lady.

The story felt anticlimactic and fell short of a thriller.
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  marquis784 | Sep 28, 2020 |
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Not too much to say here. I will echo what other reviewers have said. The parts of the book focusing on the protagonist's childhood were great. When it moved to her as an adult the book felt off in some way and I just didn't want to keep reading further. I finished this around midnight last night since I was up fuming about the debates that were on. I think there is some promise in Walters writing, it just needs to be tightened up a bit. I thought the way that some of the characters talked to each other was weird too in some places. One of the worst parts of getting a book via NetGalley and downloading it to your Kindle is that you can't upload your notes on the book. I am too lazy to post the writing that I went what at a few times. Some of the sentences made me hard pause and wonder what the heck the author was trying to say.

"Dead Girls Club" follows Heather Cole. She and her friends back in the early 90s formed a club that was obsessed with telling stories about serial killers, death, etc. They were pretty much the hosts from Stay Sexy, Don't Get Murdered before that became a thing. The girls in the group become obsessed with a woman they call the Red Lady. When Heather's best friend Becca starts talking about the Red Lady and how she's real Heather doesn't believe her. Then Becca ends up being killed. Fast forward decades later and Heather is now a child psychologist. Heather has never told anyone what happened to Becca, but now Heather thinks that the Red Lady is out there stalking her and leaving her creepy clues about what happened with Becca.

I really can't say much about the characters. Though this book isn't written in medias res it should have been. We just get kind of pushed into the book and I felt a little lost at first. I didn't know who was who or what anyone was doing. I had to re-read sections so many times to even make sense of who was speaking sometimes.

Heather being a child psychologist was kind of laughable cause she seems to have no empathy (at least I didn't think she did) for children or the ability to relate to him. She's married to a bland dude whose name I am totally blanking on. Two of Heather's younger friends, Gia and Rachel are also kind of bland in the present, but not in the childhood portions.

So the writing is so weird to me. Walters writes the sections dealing with Heather in her childhood so well. Then it moves to the adult portion and it was just not working for me at all. The "Then" and then "Now" format seems to be a thing in a lot of thrillers written in the past few years and I wish that it be utilized a little more judiciously. Sometimes writing in that style can make the novel great when you get a third act twist or something. But this just bogged down my reading enjoyment. Also fair warning since this came up the other day, this is written in first person present tense. It doesn't bother me as a reader, but I know it bothers others, so thought I bring that up.

The flow wasn't great jumping back and forth between the "dead girls club" and present day Heather. I felt myself getting so confused while reading this ARC cause there were not clear spacing between paragraphs so that just made things worse for me. I am sure when it's published that will all get cleaned up.

The ending had a lot of plot holes I thought but at that point I was just glad to be done. A good first effort. I wouldn't re-read this in the future though. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
It started out innocently enough. A group of girls interested in serial killers and ghost stories start a little club, meet in an empty home and proceed to scare each other. However, along the way, real life intervenes and scary stories become too real. One friend tries to help her best friend, but nothing goes according to plan. Then the past catches up to the present, and everyone suffers. It was an interesting modern horror story. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jun 19, 2020 |
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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.

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