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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Book Review: The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club
by Damien Angelica Walters
December 10, 2019 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 9781643851631

One of Refinery29's and POPSUGAR's Favorite New Books of December 2019!

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 about four childhood friends, particularly Heather and Becca. Becca gave them the name, The Dead Girls Club, after a novel Heather was reading. Heather likes to read horror and Becca was fascinated with serial killers and the Red Lady--an urban legend of a dark spirit Becca made her friends call to them one night. Heather was the only one who never heard or saw the Red Lady. But weird things happen that make Heather think the Red Lady is real.

Then one night, Becca disappeared, and her mother was arrested. But it doesn’t end there for Heather. The reader is fast-forwarded to Heather as a married adult. Becca’s friendship necklace with half a heart arrives in the mail for her. Heather begins to find out who sent it and what they know. She begins spiraling down into a sort of madness that affects her work as a therapist, her marriage, and everyone around her.

This dark tale of mystery combined with the supernatural hooked me and I had to keep reading to the end to find the truth, same as the character Heather. If you like a good read for this autumn and the coming winter, this will fit the bill nicely.
I gave The Dead Girls Club 5 Sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Damien Angelica Walters is the author of The Dead Girls Club, forthcoming in December 2019, Cry Your Way Home, Paper Tigers, and Sing Me Your Scars, winner of This is Horror's Short Story Collection of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year's Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda's Song, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static. Until the magazine's closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls and is represented by Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency.

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