I’m today’s stop on the fantastic blog for The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters. When I read the plot summary for this book, I knew I needed to read it and connect with the publisher. I was even offered a spot on the blog tour, which is amazing because I love meeting new authors and sharing review and details about amazing books. Since you’re gonna want to follow along, you should check out the graphic below to discover all the stops on this tour. There will be giveaways and marketing promotions that just might convince you to add this to your TBR pile.
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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 the 2015 This is Horror Award for 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, and she lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls. See more via her website @ http://www.damienangelicawalters.com.
About the Book
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.
My ReviewThe Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters will be published on December 10th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books. It is a psychological thriller with a hint of fantasy thrown in to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story alternates from 1991 to present day, focusing on the friendship between two teenage girls, Heather and Becca. The tale reveals bit by bit, challenging readers to decide for themselves what information is missing and what could be happening. It’s not possible that the Red Lady has come back to life after centuries to get revenge, is it?
Heather and Becca form a storytelling club, as the title suggests. They meet at an unoccupied house currently on the market with two other friends. All four girls love being scared, but one story seems all too real. Becca shares the history of the Red Lady, a woman scorned and out for vengeance. Dirt in victims mouth. Buried alive. Multiple random deaths. Did it really happen? In a teenager’s mind, anything is possible… but this time, Becca has convinced them the woman is still alive today. The dilemma is set quite early on, yet the pertinent details seep out through the subsequent chapters. We don’t know everything, and when we begin to see Heather break down in the current time period, we know something bad happened years ago.
The characters are smart and witty. I liked the relationships in the book, even when they were strained or awkward. Heather’s mother wants her to forget the past. Heather’s husband has no clue what’s going on in his wife’s life, but he is generally a doting and loving partner. She’s just good at hiding things from him because she thinks what’s happening around her isn’t really happening. Yet… she’s a child psychologist and should know better. The dynamics between the past and the present are well-presented, allowing us to continue to guess. Someone knows something, but we can’t figure out who in Heather’s life is keeping secrets too. Then again, we wonder if she’s making it all up, or is it another case of an unreliable narrator who is the guilty party herself? I bounced around trying to guess, and even in the end, there’s enough room for readers to summon their own interpretation.
On the whole, I really enjoyed the story. I found the plot captivating, and there were a bunch of red herrings and suspenseful moments where I kinda wanted to meet this Red Lady. If you haven’t done anything wrong, she’s not supposed to hurt you. I’d be okay to look her in the eyes without dying, right? Nonetheless, as an introduction to Walters work, this was great. It’s well-written, concise but strongly descriptive, and full of lovely imagery. Minor concerns over plot points had me squinting from time to time, but only the kinds of things that you look the other way on, as it helps make the story more creepy. Heather was too relaxed at times; I would’ve called the cops or talked to someone else, rather than just try to solve the mystery myself. That’s why people are different though… we do things our own way, so I’m sure someone else might follow Heather’s path too.
I recommend this one. It’s got bunches of creepy moments, a few laughs, and tons of head-shaking ‘yikes, what’s wrong with people’ scenes. Around 4.5 stars for making me a little anxious and obsessive about solving the mystery of a serial killer.
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