The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
Publication Date: December 10th, 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.
This is my first read by Damien Angelica Walters and I always love reading things from new authors I’ve never read anything by. I am just going to get right into this review and skip wrapping up or summarizing anything. When I first read the blurb for this book, I honestly couldn’t click the request button fast enough. I thought this book was going to give me more than it did, and I am sad about it. I thought that the beginning was going strong but somewhere about 30% of the way through I felt like I was just trudging through the “NOW” chapters. I just felt like the story was moving by super slowly. However, the “THEN” chapters were much faster paced and exciting, I really enjoyed reading those! I also wasn’t a fan of any of the characters, they all really annoyed me in some way. Heather, our main character, wasn’t very likable and I just couldn’t connect with her. Overall, I enjoyed this book just not as much as I was hoping for. Like I said before, I did love the “THEN” chapters and the friendship dynamics, and the mystery of the Red Lady!
I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Damien Angelica Walters is the author of the upcoming supernatural thriller, The Dead Girls Club (Crooked Lane Books, December 2019), 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. She is also the author of 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, Black Static, and Apex Magazine. 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.