Publication Date: 12/10/2019
Rating: 3.5 / 5
I received a complimentary electronic galley of THE DEAD GIRLS CLUB by Damien Angelica Walters for an honest review! Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review!
Heather was part of a Dead Girls Club as a kid along with three of her friends. They loved scary stories about serial killers and monsters. Heather’s best friend Becca begins telling stories of the Red Lady which have her friends begging for more. The Red Lady is a vengeful spirit of a witch who was killed centuries before and Becca insists that the Red Lady is real. Setting out to prove the Red Lady’s existence winds up getting Becca killed.
Years later Heather is now all grown up. She is happily married and working as a child psychologist, but the events surrounding Becca’s death still haunt her. She has never told anyone what happened back then, but someone obviously knows because she receives a necklace int he mail, one that she believes Becca was wearing when she died. Heather is determined to discover who is out to uncover all of her secrets.
This is a book told in two time periods. We get Heather and Becca’s story from the early 1990s and Heather’s story from present day. With the split timeline, there’s always the danger that one story line is more engaging than the other and with this book I definitely looked forward to the 1990s story more than the present day. Present day Heather is deeply impacted by what happened to her as a child and she makes a lot of poor decisions which wind up being a lot of self-sabotage. Finding out what was going on with the Red Lady and the kids’ obsession with her was much more compelling for me.
The mystery of what happened to Becca and Heather’s role in her death was played out well. The author did a good job of laying in cliff hangers between sections and building the suspense. The present day mystery of who was bringing all of this back up with Heather also kept me interested to see how it would all wind up, but I felt the ending just a little anti-climatic for me.
Though this was a little slow to engage for me in the beginning, I kept getting drawn more and more into the story as it went along. Overall THE DEAD GIRLS CLUB was an enjoyable read and I’m glad that I had the chance.
THE DEAD GIRLS CLUB will be out on December 10, 2019!