Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Dead Girls Club” as Want to Read:
The Dead Girls Club
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Dead Girls Club

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  4,056 ratings  ·  990 reviews
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
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Dead Girls Club, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Dead Girls Club

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.40  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,056 ratings  ·  990 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Dead Girls Club
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up 3 mysterious, witch-y, reddish, mouth full of dirt-ish, supernatural, bloody but still not quite satisfying stars!

As soon as I read the blurb, I thought `Oh yes this is it! Rituals for conjuring a witch, little girls’ secret murder club, a story moving back and forth between four girls who are a little obsessed about spooky things from serial killers, murderers , horror stories and Heather’s grown up version who became a psychiatrist helps the troubled children. But at the beginn
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-read
When Heather Cole receives a necklace in the mail from an unknown sender, she can't believe her eyes.

It's one half of a 'Best Friends' pendant and Heather knows it well because it was on the neck of her best friend, Becca, the night she died. In fact, it went with her into her grave.

Heather rightly panics. She thought she was the only person who knew what happened to Becca on that night nearly 30-years ago, but the necklace seems to indicate otherwise.

She has to figure out who mailed this dist
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is basically Goosebumps for grownups.

First and foremost, the description for this book gives away entirely too much of the plot. The only thing not covered in the summary is the ending.

Alright *clears throat* here it goes...
This was an exhausting read for me and I attribute this to the writing style.

The story is told in the popular Then/Now alternating chapter format, of which I'm a HUGE fan. The worst way this can go wrong is if one of those narratives is unbearable and in this case, it'
Mary Beth
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it

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 nev
The story is told from the viewpoint of Heather, a child psychologist, who is the last person I would ever want to be treating my child or any child. Heather has a secret that she has repressed for thirty years and when she receives half of a friendship necklace in the mail, she knows her past has caught up to her. When she was twelve, she performed a ritual with her best friend, Becca, which left Becca dead and Heather not remembering how she got rid of the body.

Becca's mom went to prison for
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Someone, please tell me how this is a supernatural thriller? So four 12-year-old girls form a Dead Girl's club and one tells a scary story about the "Red Lady" who is a witch in her story. Umm, that's a story. Did I miss anything supernatural happening besides story-telling?

That's my first beef with this book. My second beef is that I had a hard time connecting with or feeling for any of the characters in this book except for Ryan, the husband of Heather, a child psychologist. I mainly
Will Byrnes
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is there any crueler lie we tell kids? Regardless of what happens, of how deep the scars might run, we say they’ll be okay and they believe it. They trust us. But what else are we supposed to say? Hey, kid, childhood is a bitch and she leaves marks?

I may have done a monstrous thing, but I’m not a monster, I’m not. I believed that once. I wish I could believe it now.
Dr. Heather Cole has a pretty nice life, a thriving practice, offering psychological therapy to kids under 18, a beautiful river
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me just put this out there… I’m an unabashed, card carrying, scardy cat! Truly! That’s right, I admit it🙋🏻♀️ It takes very little to get my heart pounding and me heaving my kindle across the room to get it as far away from me as possible.

And after reading the first 50 pages… that’s exactly what I did. But... being a real trooper, I absolutely hate to DNF. So after dialing up an extra dose of courage, the lights on bright... and my puppy by my side I forged on.

Heather, a child psychologist r
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
The below review originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In the infancy of the internet, getting an email was a novel experience. These days, when emails seem to flood in by the second, the reverse is true. Receiving a piece of correspondence signed, sealed, and delivered by the postal system feels like the most thrilling part of the day. That is unless that coveted piece of snail mail contains only a trinket that once belonged to friend who was killed nearly three decades prior.

Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Paranormal fiction, Supernatural thriller, suspense thriller, women fiction all in one. That all went to hell in a handbasket for me.

That's pretty ambition in my option for an author to take on and not something I think is easy to pull off and unfortunately, I didn't think it was here with this one. Separately I thought the elements were there for each genre but didn't really come together so well. The suspense to the story took the hit for that for me. I just wasn't feeling it. There is some t
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest

If I had to describe this book to you in a single sentence, I would tell you that it's like Gone Girl meets Darkness Falls. Told in past and present, THE DEAD GIRLS alternates between a group of friends in the 90s who become fascinated by one girl's stories of an evil witch ghost called the Red Lady, and one woman living in the now who is haunted by something terrible and menacing.

Heather and Becca were supposed to be best friends forev
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars. I did not hate this.

Back in the early 90's a group of girls formed a club. They loved the stories about serial killers and anything gross. Then one named Becca comes up with the story of the Red Lady.

The girls start playing around with the story and the Red Lady starts seeming way too real.

Fast forward to the present time and one of the girls has grown up to be a successful therapist that is living the dream. But then that nasty past has a way of coming back.

I didn't like pre
This could’ve been so good! This book has a really interesting premise which drew me in. We follow a group of young girls in the 90’s who tell the story of this creepy “Red Lady” and then in alternating chapters we follow Heather, one of the girls from the 90’s who is now an adult as her past is seemingly coming back to haunt her.

This main character drove me nuts. The present day chapters were incredibly boring in my opinion and I was skimming through them to get to the chapters when they were y
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars! ⭐️⭐️

And the boring thrillers continue folks!

Damn this was a struggle to get through. The 4 and 5 star reviews are just mind-boggling!

First off, I love this stunning book cover. Between that and the blurb, I just knew I was in for a treat. Boy, I was waaaaay off!

Second, the blurb: A supernatural (really??) thriller about a group of teenage girls who form The Dead Girls Club. They are obsessed with talking about serial killers and telling stories about the Red Lady - a vengeful witch kil
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters is a part mystery/thriller and part horror bringing in some elements of the supernatural into the story. The book is one that is told by alternating between the then and now with the past parts taking place over thirty years before.

As a girl Heather Cole had been part of a group of girls who called themselves the Dead Girls Club who had an obsession with all things horror. The group led by Becca would exchange stories of the macabre, killers, witche
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.

Four Friends. Obsessed with ghost stories and serial killers. Their favorite story to tell was that of “The Red Lady.” She might just give you the chills, but then again, she might make you feel like you’re eating dirt. If you talk about her, chances are, you won’t survive to talk about her again.

Just ask Becca.

Now, Heather is a Child Psychologist who treats children who have undergone severe trauma, something she knows a lot about. Her life with her husband Ryan seems quite fulfille
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters left me unprepared for what I was about to read.

A perfect blend of mystery, spookiness, friendship and psychological trauma. This book will keep you away from social events until you are finished. And a few days after…

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
Erin Clemence
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

As young girls on the brink of adolescence, Heather and her friends bond over their mutual obsession with serial killers and the urban legend known as “The Red Lady”. The four girls, who now call themselves “The Dead Girls Club”, share stories and try and summon “The Red Lady”, a vengeful spirit who was, supposedly, brutally murdered centuries before. Heather knows th
Carolyn Walsh
I was pleased to receive an ARC for this book, and wish to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a chance to read it in return for an honest review. Unfortunately, it just didn’t appeal to me, although after seeing the synopsis I was eager to read it. I found the characters extremely unpleasant, especially Heather, who was the protagonist and narrator.

The pace was slow and disjointed at first, and I thought Heather was unwinding emotionally in the present time, becoming paranoid and dwellin
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Four childhood friends, now tweens, get together regularly in the basement of an empty old house to talk about serial killers and other stuff. Heather loves horror novels, her BFF Becca true crime. All four enjoy a good scare, even better with a side of gore.

Becca named them The Dead Girls Club after a novel Heather was reading. Becca, who has an alcoholic mother who abuses her, is the most intense of the four. It is she who tells the story of The Red Lady, who Damien Angelica Walters has given
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heather is a child psychologist and one day receives a letter in the mail which contains a fine chain and a pendant with half of a heart which brings on gruesome and heartbreaking memories crashing down upon her. Heather had thought she had buried her tortured childhood memories of the death of her best friend Becca and the part she played in it, especially the Red Lady who the girl's believed in when they were twelve years old. Strange occurrences begin happening and Heather is becoming paranoi ...more
Sheyla ✎

1991 and Baby, Baby is playing on the radio when the life of two best friends start to change.

Heather and Becca are best friends forever. They even buy the half-necklaces to prove it.

Heather is loved and cared for by her family while Becca is having trouble at home. Her mother is drinking and becoming violent.

Heather and Becca have two other friends, Gia and Rachel. The four of them form the Dead Girls Club. They have a love for the macabre. Reading about serial killers is something engros
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The Dead Girls Club has everything I love in a good solid mystery. From heart pounding scenes to a protagonist that isn't quite trustworthy, it truly was a wonderful story that will keep you turning the pages and wanting to know more about what happened and who the Red Lady is.

Never knowing who could be trusted, what memories and scenes really happened and if things were all that they appeared to be, Dead Girls Club was an interesting story where twists and turns and darkness always liked to lur
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Heather, Rachel, Gia, and Becca are just your average American girls. They love to laugh, hangout, and talk about serial killers. But most importantly of all is that the girls love when Becca tells them about the Red Lady. A woman who will do favors but always takes what she is owed. But it's just a story, right?

Alternating between the past and present, it becomes clear that Heather is haunted by child
(3.5) In 1991, teenage BFFs Heather and Becca started the Dead Girls Club. The two of them, plus their friends Gia and Rachel, were true crime fans, and the club was supposed to be a discussion group focused on their favourite topic: serial killers. Until Becca hijacked it with a gory folk tale about the 'Red Lady', a vengeful witch. As time went on, she grew more and more obsessed with the Red Lady, who she always insisted was real. By the end of that summer, the Club had disbanded and Becca ha ...more
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
A high wire novel. This story kept its creepy tension vibe throughout the entirety of the book. An eery mystery that will have you turn the pages engrossingly, setting the path for a twisty end.

Heather is a child therapist, married and leads a relatively normal life. No one knows, she carries a secret deeply buried within her from her youth that seems like another lifetime ago.

The novel is set in the 'Now' and 'Then' format, telling about Heather today and what lead up to a dramatic event in her
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Wow! That was great. This thriller that combined two storylines (the classic Then and Now) that perfectly blended with one another. This was creepy, engrossing, and very well written! Highly recommended.

Happy reading!


sounds like a very exclusive club

| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
Frank Phillips
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good scary story / mystery that bordered YA, which I was engrossed with throughout. The pacing was incredibly fast and I didn't want to put this book down anytime I picked it up! This story gave me a great sense of nostalgia as it reminded me of me and my own group of friends when I was a teenager, and how we loved sharing scary stories with each other, to the point of not being able to sleep at night sometimes because of the nightmares. I felt myself in Heather's place, and vi ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
When I read the description for The Dead Girls Club, it sounded right up my alley! I picked it up not sure if it would be supernatural or not, and I wont spoil that for you here, because I think you should read it for yourself to find out! 

The Dead Girls Club alternates between past and present, both from Heather's point of view. We see her friendship with Becca change as Becca starts to become obsessed with telling scary stores about a woman she calls 'The Red Lady', and then we see Heather as
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Seven Letters
  • Gretchen
  • The Dinner Party
  • The Glittering Hour
  • A Madness of Sunshine
  • The Other Wife
  • Trust Me When I Lie (Jack Quick, #1)
  • Regretting You
  • Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)
  • Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake, #4)
  • The Escape Room
  • The Argument
  • The Last Wife
  • The Shape of Night
  • The Girl Before You
  • I Dare You
  • The Verdict
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Damien Angelica Walters is the author of The Dead Girls Club, 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 magazi ...more

Articles featuring this book

Winter is upon us and the chill of the season is creeping through in this month's collection of new books. Bundle up,...
50 likes · 16 comments
“In the immortal, and terrifyingly true, words of Margaret Atwood, ‘Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid …’” “‘That men will kill them,’” we say in unison.” 0 likes
“September’s always a funny month. One foot still in summer, the other in autumn.” 0 likes
More quotes…