The Dead Girls Club
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
My ARC has arrived and I am so flipping excited to get it.
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Thank you, Crooked Lane Books!
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?Dr. Heather Cole has a pretty nice life, a thriving practice, offering psychological therapy to kids under 18, a beautiful river-front home, an ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The pace was slow and disjointed at first, and I thought Heather was unwinding emotionally in the present time, becoming paranoid ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Becca's mom went to prison for ...more
** 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 ...more
“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 ...more
Full RTC closet to release date.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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