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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Book Review: Good Girls Don't Die by Christina Henry

Good Girls Don't Die
by Christina Henry
November 14, 2023
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Suspense Thrillers
A sharp-edged, supremely twisty thriller about three women who find themselves trapped inside stories they know aren’t their own, from the author of Alice and Near the Bone.

Celia wakes up in a house that’s supposed to be hers. There’s a little girl who claims to be her daughter and a man who claims to be her husband, but Celia knows this family—and this life—is not hers…

Allie is supposed to be on a fun weekend trip—but then her friend’s boyfriend unexpectedly invites the group to a remote cabin in the woods. No one else believes Allie, but she is sure that something about this trip is very, very wrong…

Maggie just wants to be home with her daughter, but she’s in a dangerous situation and she doesn’t know who put her there or why. She’ll have to fight with everything she has to survive…

Three women. Three stories. Only one way out. This Ancaptivating novel will keep readers guessing until the very end.


Celia suddenly awakens in a life she doesn’t remember with a family she’s certain isn’t hers. Allie reluctantly embarks on a weekend getaway with horrific results. Maggie is abducted and thrust into a human maze with macabre trials. All three woman, stripped of their power, must trust their instincts and rely on their own savvy to ensure their survival. In her newest novel, Christina Henry plays with the conventions of horror’s final girl to weave three thrilling horror vignettes into an absurdly satisfying finale that takes a satirical shot at society’s patriarchal institutions.

Each story is riveting and suspenseful. As a reader, I was easily immersed in the worlds of each woman. Just when you feel you are reaching some kind of conclusion or clarification, Henry moves to the next story. Finally, all three characters collide and collude in a conclusion that is wry and absurd but nevertheless entertaining. Fans of thriller and horror genres will appreciate Henry’s witty, aware use of convention. She marries these conventions with a very contemporary take on online culture and toxic ideology. It’s clear Henry thinks critically about society and what we’ve become and has some sharp observations.

Good Girls Don’t Die is a thrilling ride and a quick read. It wasn’t quite as touching or poignant for me as her other novels, but it has all the elements of an entertaining tale.

5 sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
CHRISTINA HENRY is a horror and dark fantasy author whose works include Horseman, Near the Bone, The Ghost Tree, Looking Glass, The Girl in Red, The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the seven-book urban fantasy Black Wings series.
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