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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 ser
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Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    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 a
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    Felicia
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    James
    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
    Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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    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 forever. Then Becca started telling Red Lady stories, which are trul
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    megs_bookrack
    The synopsis of this book sounds like it was written just for me. I mean, you had me at the comparison to Head Full of Ghosts and then a creepy rhyme!?

    Yes, please.


    My ARC has arrived and I am so flipping excited to get it.

    Life Advice: It's never too early to start planning your Spooktober TBR!!!



    Thank you, Crooked Lane Books!
    Will Byrnes
    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-front home, an
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    Erin Clemence
    Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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
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    Gabby
    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
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    Carolyn
    Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
    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
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    Lori
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: own, vine
    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 Walter
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    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
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    Susanne  Strong
    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 qu
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    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.5 Stars
    The best aspect of this novel was easily the relationship between the girls. Walters perfectly captured the intensity of female friendships, specifically between best friends. The narrative was very realistic and reminiscent of many of my own childhood experiences. Given these aspects of the novel, I think other female readers will most strongly connect to this story although it could certainly be enjoyed by anyone.

    As a piece of nostalgic story about female friendship, this bo
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    Erin
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, kindle
    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 childhood
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    Blair
    (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
    Amy Imogene Reads
    1.5-2 stars

    This pains me - DNF.

    I've tried 4 separate times to get into this ARC, and I think myself and the writing style are just not meant to be friends. The premise sounds great on paper: then/now timeline, girls who messed with darker things and ended up with a dead body, the works. But if you can't push through the writing itself to absorb the story, it's hard to enjoy what may or may not be there in the story.

    I'm giving this 2 stars because I feel like this book might be okay
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    Debra
    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
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    ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐


    e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review!


    The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters is an upcoming thriller that follows Heather Cole as the secrets shes kept for nearly 30 years threaten to destroy the life she has built for herself. When Heather receives a necklace in the mail; a necklace she hasn't seen since the night she killed her best friend Becca, she comes to the conclusion that someone else knows about that night, and/>e-ARC
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    marilyn
    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
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    Elaine
    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Dead Girls Club.

    ** Minor spoilers ahead **

    Heather Cole has a secret.

    When she was a tween, she killed her BFF, Becca, as part of a ritual for an urban legend called The Red Lady.

    Years later, Heather is a respected child psychologist who receives something unsettling in the mail.

    Is Becca still alive? Does she want revenge?

    The narrative takes place between the past and present, and the author does a good job of recapturing what
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    Caroline Bertaud
    This book had me at its beautiful cover and promising premise, and lost me before the end of chapter one because of its pace and writing style.
    “What do I do next? I have to do something. But what? What?” the main character, Heather, wonders. And it feels like it’s coming straight out of the author’s mind. There’s so much repetition and meaningless small talk filling the empty pages of this book it’s barely bearable—like, what should I wear, what should we do for dinner, what’s my next move? Oh
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    Sarah
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Pretty good- made me feel very nostalgic (how could I forget light as a feather stiff as a board?). Stream of consciousness style was a little tiring at times.

    Full RTC closet to release date.
    Amanda
    Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    You don't need flickering lights or doors slamming shut, the parlor tricks of a poltergeist, to be haunted. The true ghosts are made of deed and work and live deep inside the marrow and bone.

    I didn't have the highest expectations for this ARC, given that the last few I've read have been absolutely terrible but I was pleasantly surprised and pleased by this book.

    I enjoyed the dual timeline narrative from Heather, the main character. The twelve year old Heather and all of her friends seemed to be bel
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    Brittany (UnderTheRadarBooks)
    A ghost story come to life. Creepy, thrilling and beautifully written. Makes you question what is real and what isn’t. An exploration of youth, fear and trauma. I cannot wait for the author to release more novels!
    Jennie
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Becca and Heather are best friends and with two other girls they have the Dead Girls Club. The girls discuss serial killers, and all other things spooky and scary. One summer, Becca begins telling the story of the Red Lady. A tale that revolves around a witch who makes people mysteriously die. The story goes between the past and present. Readers know that Becca dies, but how? Who did it? Why are there so many secrets? Heather is now a happily married child psychologist when packages start to arr ...more
    Donna Hines
    Witches and wonder beholds the reader but Red Ladies you my friends are being called out to show up!
    The Dead Girls Club was a group of friends who discussed serial killers and imaginary monsters which all seemed harmless.
    But what if all the witchcraft was real?
    What if the Red Lady truly did exist?
    What happens now that Becca is found dead?
    It's been 30 yrs and Heather hasn't come clean and confessed to that night.
    Evidence arrives in the form of a necklace not se
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    Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Check out this review and an interview with author Damien Angelica Walters here: https://nightworms.com/blogs/news/the...

    Kids create their own mythologies centered around what frightens them, murmurs from their peers, grown-up issues they don’t quite understand. They are more open to what might be, even if it seems utterly impossible to adults. They believe without question that it’s possible something’s lurking in the closet, that reindeer really can fly around the world in one night, and that a scary lady could be called ou
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    Jessica Woodbury
    Kind of a crime novel/horror genre mashup, which I would definitely like more of. Given how often horror involves kids, it's strange how little of it is about what this book is about: that period of adolescence where girls can get lost in obsession. Find me a woman who doesn't have a creepy memory from when she was 12 or so (oh the times we played Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board) with a group of other girls where afterwards you're not quite sure what was real and what wasn't. THE DEAD GIRLS ...more
    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Remember when you were a kid and you used to play the silly, scary games - Bloody Mary, using a ouija board, holding a seance? Well, Walters brings us Red Lady and a group of girls, more precisely two, that took it just a little too far.

    I enjoy the then and now perspectives in alternating chapters. Heather is the main character and her adult self is spiraling after she starts getting clues that maybe her best friend, who disappeared, may not really be gone - but no one knows her secret but her.
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    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 the 2015 This is Horror Award for Short Story Co ...more