The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
Genres: thriller, horror
TW: abuse, addiction, alcoholism, bullying
*Just want to warn you that this blurb contains some spoilers*
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.
Picking The Dead Gurls Club was such a random decision, I was looking for something to read in three days maximum. Something that will be my last memorable read of Semptember, and I wasn’t disappointed one bit for that decision.
I actually went to Goodreads and upon seeing what others thought of it, I was uncertain, curious, and intrigued. Reading the book was more than I thought, in a good way. I was quite hooked from the first page and couldn’t wait to finish it ASAP!
The main character, Heather, is a child psychologist who has a dark past. One she has never divulged to anyone, not even herself. But all that came tumbling down on her when she received a mail containing something that shouldn’t have been there, shouldn’t have ever been found. Trying to investigate into who was behind it, she found herself surrounded by memories she has tried so hard to forget, yet here she is.
The story is alternatively told from the Then and the Now. The story was really well-written and left me looking for answers by the end of each sentence. I flew my way through it faster than I imagined and I truly enjoyed it.
The characters were quite believable. I especially liked how the author managed to write about the friendship between Heather, Becca, Rachel, and Gia when they were younger and how spot on that was.
I kinda got frustrated with Heather a few times because I seriously think she needs help herself before offering it to others; she’s quite suspicious of everyone and everything, even the closest people in her life! In one hand, I completely understand why she would act like that. On the other hand, I felt like she was too much at certain situations.
This was the perfect thriller, with a dash of horror (I personally don’t think this is horror more than thriller, it’s the opposite), for anyone looking for spooky recommendations.