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When her best friend Billie is found murdered, eleven-year-old Thera – fearless and forthright – considers it her duty to find the killer.

Aided by a Ouija board, Billie’s ghost, and the spirits of four other dead girls, she’s determined to succeed. The trouble with Thera, though, is that she doesn’t always know when to stop – and sometimes there’s a fine line b
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Hardcover, 436 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Pan Macmillan
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
Thera Emily Kathryn Wilde is 11 years old, three months, five days, seventeen hours and about thirty-two minutes old, when her best forever friend, Billie Brooke, goes missing.
Billie believes in ghosts, ghouls, witches, angels, elves, and banshees.
She’s sweet, kind, tries hard to be good.
Thera is smart, and considers herself average pretty - thin with blonde hair and blue eyes. She loves her family including her little brother, Sam.

The reason I went out of my way to purchase this physical bo
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Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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What if Alice Sebold's LOVELY BONES started a preteen version of Lisbeth Salander from GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO? You'd get this book, that's what. Wow, this book was creepy-- in the best possible way. DEAD GIRLS takes place in England, in the 90s, and is about two girls who are best friends: Thera and Billie. Thera is the clever one who thinks up all their games, and Billie is the pretty, bold one who goes along with everything. They're opposites, but nothing can separate them-- except
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Lori
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine, own, reviewed
"Because Billie was my best, true, forever friend." That's 11-year-old Thera Wilde, who narrates the novel, speaking. The story begins before Billie goes missing. We get to know them as friends at school and at play right up until she's missing and is found raped and murdered. "Dead Girls" is an unusually intimate mystery with sustained suspense and strong subtext. It brings to mind "The Lovely Bones" but "Dead Girls" is better.

Thera is wise beyond her years but not always; she's unusual but be
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Amanda || eastofreaden
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-collection, 2018
Tarttelin blew me away when I read Golden Boy; that book quickly became one of my all times favourites and I thought about it for days once I closed the cover. I was so excited when I found out she was working on a new book, and then that book was released, and I was SO lucky to receive a copy from her and her publisher (thank you!).

Thera and Billie have been inseparable best friends, practically since birth. Thera's entire world falls apart when Billie is murdered, and she takes it on as a persona
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll be honest and say I wasn't the biggest fan of this one - which is more to do I think with how I took to the main character rather than anything else so therefore highly subjective.

The premise is good - a child loses her best friend to murder, how will she and those around her cope with such a horrific event. Taking in themes of responsibility and what we learn as young women about how to protect ourselves the message is on target (I've given an extra star for that) but the execu
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Abigail Tarttelin
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I am utterly biased.
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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‘Billie didn’t come home. No one knows where she is.’
‘Find Me’ …. ‘Because I promised her I would.’


Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin is one of the most thrilling, disturbing, thought-provoking and clever stories we’ve read in a while. Told in the POV of eleven-year-old Thera Wilde, we experience utter tragedy, confusion, despair, resilience, bravery, and horror. Having Thera narrate this story was genius as it added an emotional perspective which was not only -in our opinion- necessary, it also ensured that we experi
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Salieri
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Me when I found out I was right about who the killer was:


Me when I read the last 50 pages:


Holy sh*t. Like... HOLY SH*T. I did NOT see that coming.

Dead Girls is a thriller with a side of paranormal (or not, depending on how you feel about Thera's sanity). Billie, Thera's best friend, has been raped and killed. It's not really a spoiler, but i
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Bookread2day
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing


MY FAVOURITE NOVEL

I absolutely loved reading every single page of this new novel Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin. I read Golden Boy a few years ago giving it five stars on Goodreads. I'm definitely giving Dead Girls five stars.
What I liked about this story is that eleven-year-old Thera, Billie and some of their other friends play with the Ouija board. After Thera and her friends used the Ouija board, Thera's best true forever friend Billie disappears. Once again Thera uses the Ouija
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BookwormDH
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
BLURB

When her best friend Billie is found murdered, eleven-year-old Thera - fearless and forthright - considers it her duty to find the killer. Aided by an Ouija board, Billie's ghost, and the spirits of four other dead girls, she's determined to succeed. The trouble with Thera, though, is that she doesn't always know when to stop - and sometimes there's a fine line between doing the right thing and doing something very, very bad indeed. Tense, visceral and thought-provoking, Dead Gi
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Harriet Portman
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
First things first, this book has triggers in it.
I received an ARC of this in January, but was not warned of its potentially triggering content of rape and pedophilia.
That aside, it was an incredibly chilling story.
Children are terrifying. Don't have them, don't go near them, just avoid them.
I won't ruin the story but it has many twists and turns and the conclusion is akin to Gone Girl in terms of how angry you will be.
I really enjoyed how much I could relate to the
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Natasha
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
I’m rounding this up to 5 stars from a solid 4.5. This will not be for everyone. It is deeply disturbing and makes for an uncomfortable read. Trigger warnings galore. Yet, I was riveted, I had to know what happened. Thera is such an intriguing character, and while some of her actions are far fetched, I have a feeling she will stay with me for a while yet.
OutlawPoet
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has me a little grumbly.

I was so intrigued by the plot, but the actual story takes sooooo long to get there. It’s a kind of fits-and-starts slow build up, which can be fine, but even after we finally know what happens to a certain character, it stays sluggish.

Our main character is about 11 years old. I have an 11 year old. I love her dearly and find her impossibly clever (yeah, mom brag whatever), but this particular 11 year old was so full of middle-school angs
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Amanda
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Dead Girls was a well written book. The plot and themes were well developed. This is mostly realistic fiction but there are supernatural elements as well. There are heavy feminist undertones. Thera spent a long time pondering what she could do (and not d0) to avoid a pedophile and murderer.

I had anticipated eleven year old Thera to be a more realistic Harriet the Spy in solving her true best friend's murder. I thought her motives for solving this crime were purely to seek justice. I
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
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‘Billie didn’t come home. No one knows where she is.’
‘Find Me’ …. ‘Because I promised her I would.’


Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin is one of the most thrilling, disturbing, thought-provoking and clever stories we’ve read in a while. Told in the POV of eleven-year-old Thera Wilde, we experience utter tragedy, confusion, despair, resilience, bravery, and horror. Having Thera narrate this story was genius as it added an emotional perspective which was not only -in our opinion- necessary, it also ensured that we experi
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Paul
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm always on the lookout for a good young adult crime thriller. I have spent many a happy hour lost between there pages, and can no count some of them as my favorite books. So while browsing the shelves in the bookstore I came across this one I had to give it a go. Not only did it incorporate some these genres but it was also set in my home country. This might sound daft but not too many are, most hailing from America. So it was with great enthusiasm that I open this book, in the hopes of find ...more
Jade Wright
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy hell... it's been a while since a book has left me with my jaw hanging open.

When I first started this book I was sure I wasn't going to enjoy it. It's told from an 11 year old girls point of view. Thera Wilde is a spirited and imaginative young girl growing up in the 90's when parents were more relaxed, letting their children wonder off alone at ease knowing they'll be just fine. It was a different world to what our children will grow up in today where we tend to not let them out of our si
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Karen Barber
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a book that really should come with some kind of trigger warning as it explores topics that are hard to read about (sexuality, mental health, paedophilia, rape and murder) and I'd hate for someone to pick this up without some fore-knowledge of the content. However, it also forces us to confront some of our assumptions about children, sexuality and gender issues in a way that cannot - and really should not - be ignored.
Our narrator, Thera, is eleven when her best friend, Billie, is
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Sarah
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

"Dead Girls" was an intense and suspenseful novel from an unique point of view. Getting to read about a murder investigation from an 11-year-old's point of view was really interesting because it showed the actual murder victim as more of a person and character than these kinds of novels usually do. The children aren't innocent angels but active protagonists in their own story. I liked how Tarttelin managed to create a protagonist who was interesting and engaging, while ret
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Yael Shalom
DNF at 30%
I force myself to read .... not fun .
Melody
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars)

First of all, I want to say this is a dark book which features some heavy and disturbing issues (i.e. pedophilia, rape, abuse and murder). I read through it with a heavy heart due to the subjects and that how a young mind's thinking and a few bad choices could lead to some unexpected consequences.

Set in a small village in an English countryside during the 90s, this story is about the disappearance and murder of an eleven-year-old girl Billie Brooke. Thera Wilde was her be
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Kim Ebner
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The narrator in this story is 11 year old Thera Wilde. Thera believes in ghosts, ghouls, witches, angels and elves, but she isn’t too sure whether she believes in God and heaven. When her best, true, forever friend, Billie, is murdered, Thera takes it upon herself to try and find the killer. In so doing, she’s guided by Billie’s spirit and those of four other dead girls, all of whom were also murdered.

This is ultimately a book that deals with very adult concepts, such as abduction, r
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Cátia Vieira
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why should you read this book?
Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin is an incredible book! And, I am highly recommending this one!

An eleven-year-old girl named Billie is found dead. Thera – her best friend and an incredibly brave and intelligent person – decides to find the murderer aided by a Ouija board, Billie’s ghost, and the spirit of four other dead girls.

We can say that Dead Girls is a murder thriller. And, that’s accurate. But it’s also much more than that. This b
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Beth Roberts
WOW

As I write this, this book is not currently available for Kindle. I saw it being talked about on BookTube and I knew I had to have it. It is available from Amazon in trade paper, but it is cheaper from Book Depository (+free shipping!) in the UK. Just be prepared to wait awhile.

That being said, if you are a fan of thrillers, you need to read this one.

I've read a lot of thrillers myself and I've never encountered a child protagonist like Thera. Tarttelin's depiction of a pre
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Sharon
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my! What an amazing, heartbreaking read.

This is the story of Thera, a very bright 11 year old girl, who is has an affinity with spirits and her detective work to find a murderer.
It's so well written that I was totally absorbed, from page one until the end and practically read the entire book in one sitting.
The examples of Thera's experience in discovering literature, 'big words' and the interactions with her school friends and feelings towards boys is brought to life with such r
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Clare Snow
CW: murder, paedophilia

So that's a head fuck, in the best possible way.
Chris
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intense, suspenseful, dark, and overall great fiction! Love this author, previous book GoldenBoy is outstanding too!!
E.J. Mellow
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friendship. Dedication. Imagination. Suspense. It was storytelling perfection.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
3.5/5

I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death of a friend, child murder, child rape, pedophilia, serial child rapist, murder, and grief/loss/trauma

This is the first book I've read by Tarttelin and I'm very much on the fence about how I felt. In some ways, this reminded me very much of The Lovely Bones with a different focus. Thera and Billie are best friends and will be best friends forever. They're eleven and starting to learn about the world. After playing one day, Billie/>CW:/>I
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Shelby
One afternoon, 11-year old best friends, Billie and Thera, go into the woods together. The two girls meet a man they nickname The Walker—a friendly, older man whom they both find wickedly attractive. After their meet up in the woods, Thera goes home, but Billie ends up going missing.

The girls’ small town is in a frenzy trying to discover where Billie is and the identity of The Walker. The police believe this unknown stranger could’ve hurt Billie, and their hunch gets even stronger wh
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I'm the author of Dead Girls, a deeply girl-power-y book about Thera Wilde, a young girl coming to terms with the death of her best friend at the hands of a sexual predator.

"Enid Blyton meets Stephen King." - Harmless Like You author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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