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The Dead Girls Club summary The Dead Girls Club, series The Dead Girls Club, book The Dead Girls Club, pdf The Dead Girls Club, The Dead Girls Club 5391a01aec N , 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 ItIt 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 That Night


10 thoughts on “The Dead Girls Club

  1. says:

    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 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 beginning of the book , we may realize Heather needshelp for her well being because she has killed her childhood friend Becca, got away with murder But now her secret is about to reveal because somebody KNOWS what she did What I liked about this book is the little girls relationship dynamic Rebecca is a quite demanding leader with her amazing imagination about telling horror stories If she didn t die or did she We don t know till the end of the book she might compete with Stephen King and Joe Hill with her quite riveting storytelling Her story is so heart wrenching, her obsession about Red Lady, her relationship with her abusive mother, her confusing mind who did not know how to differentiate the real or delusion.I wish this story wasn t about only Heather Because her future self really irritated me She is mostly acting like paranoid, hysterical with her weird giggles, making herself bleed, hitting her punches on steering wheel, suspicious moods about her husband and best friend It s hard to empathize her At some parts, I thought maybe she deserved what was happening to her Maybe three little girls might have involved in Becca s story and later, when somebody found out and threaten them about what they have done could be a better storyline Because it s obvious, the author is inspired of Stephen King s story And most of his early King stories, children suffer from traumatic experiences with supernatural things and then we see their future selves how could they fight against their childhood nightmares Like It , Body I love the pace of the story I wanted to know who was chasing Heather Is Becca still alive or is somebody acting like her Is Red Woman real So I kept turning pages to fill my void about learning the truth Well, did ending and all the revelations satisfy me Not, too much There are still so many unanswered questions and I think author decided to leave like this Let us question what if the urban legends are true, what if our worst nightmares are real Writing is good, pacing and mystery is gripping, I couldn t put it down But the characters , their actions, way of talking , their development are the weakest parts they made me the cut the points and also I was expecting different ending maybesurprise and twist That s what I felt Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for advance access to this book in exchange for my honest review bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


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    2.5 stars When Heather Cole receives a necklace in the mail, one half of a Best Friends pendant, she can t believe her eyes She knows this necklace because it was on the neck of her best friend the night she died In fact, it went into her grave with her At least, Heather believes it did.She panics She thought she was the only person who knew what happened to Becca that night nearly 30 years ago, but the necklace seems to indicate otherwise.She has to figure out who sent it and stop them 2.5 stars When Heather Cole receives a necklace in the mail, one half of a Best Friends pendant, she can t believe her eyes She knows this necklace because it was on the neck of her best friend the night she died In fact, it went into her grave with her At least, Heather believes it did.She panics She thought she was the only person who knew what happened to Becca that night nearly 30 years ago, but the necklace seems to indicate otherwise.She has to figure out who sent it and stop them before they possibly reveal the truth Alternating between Then and Now perspectives, the reader slowly learns Becca s fate Following the girls 12 year old perspectives, as they hang out discussing all things macabre was the only most interesting part for me.Becca was obsessed with the story of a woman called The Red Lady, think Bloody Mary, and she could not stop talking about her So much so, that it begin to affect everyone in the group.She regaled them with tales of the Red Lady, a woman purportedly killed for being a witch, seeking her revenge for all of time Her storytelling is so vivid, the girls begin to believe it Soon it is hard for them to decipher what is real and what is made up.The Now perspective follows grown up Heather, a child psychologist, as she tries to piece together who knows the truth about her, Becca and their final night together.This part of the story was not enjoyable for me Personally, I found adult Heather annoying AF and I could not understand the decisions she was making Her thought process and decisions werelike she was still 12 years old, as opposed to a functioning adult.Because of my disconnect from the Now portions, the overall story felt uneven I would rush through Now in order to get back to Then Due to this, it took me a bit longer to get through this than normal.The premise was interesting, but the execution fell short Also, for me, I was disappointed with one of the big reveals and felt that some of the narrative didn t fully back up that reveal I know this sounds cryptic but I don t want to risk giving anything away.This being said, I think the writing shows a lot of promise I would pick upwork from this author.Thank you so much to the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I always appreciate the opportunity to provide my opinion and I know a lot of readers will really enjoy this one


  3. says:

    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 goesThis 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 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 goesThis 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 s the Now chapters, told via the adult version of the main character, Heather The MC is OVER THE TOP UNBELIEVABLE in her actions and reactions I couldn t skim through these chapters fast enough As for the Then chapters narrated by tween Heather, there is entirely TOO MUCH DIALOGUE If I wanted to endure tween girls bickering incessantly I d go hang out in a middle school cafeteria There s little to no character development of the four girls featured in this story We re just kinda dropped into their lives and expected to connect with them.The gratuitous pop culture references are annoying It s the 90 s, we get it.The plotline led me to believe this would be a dark, creepy and foreboding read Unfortunately that promise didn t pan out I was provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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    Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your faceIn 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 Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your faceIn 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 didand they re determined to make Heather pay.I love witchy creepy supernatural books and I also love thrillers, so I thought I would love this one I did enjoy the first half of the book The book goes back and forth in a Bow and Then format I did enjoy the Then parts I loved reading about The Red Lady I loved the supernatural vibe She was so creepy I struggled through the Now parts I really struggled through the second half of the book It just seemed like it dragged on It lost its supernatural element and then turned into a thriller and it lost the thrill for me All the characters are unlikable and aren t fully well developed I thought they lacked emotion Heather got on my nerves The only character that I thought was well developed was The Red Lady I had a creepy vision of her She surely had the creep factor going on Eek She was the best part of the book I didn t enjoy the ending when it came to the reveal part I felt like it could be a lot better.So I did enjoy some parts of the book and other parts not so much.This book did bring some childhood memories of what we did during slumber parties I remember doing Light as a feather stiff as a board and Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary Have any of you remember doing this during slumber parties Some scary stuff when you are a child.If you love witchy supernatural books then you may enjoy this one.This was a Traveling Sister Read and I loved the discussion I want to thank Crooked Lane Books for the arc of this book in exchange for an honest review


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    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 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 the murder and until now, Heather thought no one knew her role in Becca s death With the appearance of Becca s half of the necklace she knows someone is telling her they know what she did Heather s fragile world and psyche come crashing down as Heather tries to figure out who is targeting her and her past This isn t really a horror story unless you are an impressionable twelve year old with an very active imagination In the THEN portions of the book, Becca, Heather, and two other girls like to tell each other very scary stories and Becca claims the stories she tells about the Red Lady are true The other two girls believe Becca s claims but Heather is sure that Becca is making up the stories about the Red Lady Eventually Becca goads Heather into proving that she believes the Red Lady is real, with disastrous consequences The NOW portions of the book consist of a hysterically paranoid Heather neglecting her patients She doesn t even take notes during sessions because she totally zones out the children she is treating, IF she even shows up for appointments Heather also proceeds to destroy friendships and her marriage as she won t tell anyone why she is going totally off the rails Everybody is a potential enemy to her and it feels to me that Heather must have been stuck at her twelve year old emotional level even now as a forty year old woman The author does a great job of portraying a desperate woman who is out of her mind frantic but Heather is such an unlikeable character that it s hard to have any sympathy for her plight Instead I was feeling sorry for all the people in her current life I did want to get to the end of the book to find out who did what and when and why but if I d had my way, Heather would be on some really strong chill pills while I read the story Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this ARC


  6. says:

    2.5 starsSomeone, 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 2.5 starsSomeone, 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 felt sorry for him Heather has received a necklace in the mail It is the other half of a necklace she had when she was twelve years old The other half belonged to her best friend, Becca Rebecca who was murdered.This book is told in Then and Now chapters and I have to say I only enjoyed the Then chapters I enjoyed the Red Lady story and how Becca spooked her friends when she told the story to them That was the best part of the book for me I found that storytelling to be brilliant and engaging.Otherwise, in the Now sections, Heather was mainly falling apart and becomingparanoid IS Becca still alive Who mailed her the locket necklace Why is someone doing this to her Plus, why isn t she telling her husband anything Because she has a secret, a terrible dark secretbut still.As Heather begins to growdesperate, those in her life begin to take notice, but can anyone save her from her past This one wasn t for me But check out the other review There are others who are really enjoying this book I can t fault the writing, this just wasn t the book for me Although this book did not work for me, I would be willing to readof this Author s books in the future.Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  7. says:

    No Nopety, nope No way, Jose This was just a big old book load of suck The cover was gorgeous The book was and still is a butt load of suck


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    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 marksI 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 rive 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 marksI 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, and a studly carpenter of a husband who runs his own business But one day she receives an envelope with one half of a matched pair of necklaces, the half that had belonged to her friend Becca, her bff back when they were twelve, the bff whose disappearance had never been solved, the bff she had killed Uh oh.Damien Angelica Walters image from her site credit Justin AshlyeRebecca Lillian Thomas, Becca, had nearly white hair and blue eyes Nicknamed Ghost Girl by her peers, she had a home life that was less than stellar, featuring a mom who had issues with alcohol and self control Becca had the bruises to show for it She had an invisible friend and a particular fixation on someone, or something, called The Red Lady She was into true crime stories, serial killer stuff Her bff was Heather, a fan of horror and science fiction Becca s mother worked in real estate, which allowed Becca surreptitious access to an empty for sale house nearby This is where Becca chilled her friends, Heather and twoof the Dead Girls Club, with tales of THE RED LADY, a local legend involving someone who was done dirt by torch and pitchfork sorts and vowed vengeance Becca seemed pretty convinced that she was real, and that she spoke to her Soooo, was Becca in need of anti psychotic meds or was there any reality to her tales And how gullible were her pals Girls of that tender age are in a nether world between believing in fairy tales and knowing how to tell the difference between the real and the imaginary Maybe they have a foot in both realms Lean a bit this way, or turn back the other and you are in or out, with considerable consequences What if they saw, heard, and felt things that suggested something supernatural Can those things be explained materially We know early on that this involvement ends badly How did that come to be Who was responsible The Dead Girls Club flips back and forth between today and the time of the killing, about 25 30 years give or take Becca s mother, Lauren, was convicted of killing her, although that seems a bit suspect, given that Becca s body was never found Nevertheless, Lauren has recently been released from prison, and seems the likeliest source of the items that keep turning up to remind Heather of her dark secret Heather turns PI, and does all she can to track down Lauren and to see if any of the surviving DGC members might be up to no good Her memories keep seeping into her consciousness as she goes about her gumshoe labors Her travails include her dealings with her husband, Ryan He has a client who seems never to pay his bills, and Heather keeps interrupting phone calls he is on that cause him to hang up a bit too quickly What s up with that They have a cute couples game that they play with each other, offering a cryptic one line summary of a movie, for the other to figure out That offers a chance to toss in some nice filmic references I wish there had beenof that There are some nice elements in the book that merit mention Memory is given consideration when you recall the event, you aren t remembering the event itself, only the last recollection A memory of a memory And if the mind wants something to be real, it can rearrange facts and circumstances to suit Sometimes we make up stories to explain things to ourselves sometimes we do it to hide the truth This is actually pretty much the case I have memories of concrete events in my past that I know to be completely false Makes me wonder if memories have telomeres, like cells do In cells, every regeneration takes off another telomere, until there are no , at which point, the cell is no longer able to regenerate itself, definitely not a good thing, buh bye cell, at least well functioning cell It may be that memories have a fixed number of repeats before they degrade, as well This introduces the question of how truly Heather is recalling her experience as a twelve year old There is also a question raised of how far would you go to hang on to a treasured friendship These invest the novel with some real world moral, and scientific concerns Heather is also confronted with the cost of living a lie, which adds to the real world perspective.In reading a damaged woman in distress tale of this sort, it is important to feel a connection, to feel sympathy, maybe empathy There is enough in here to like about Heather, particularly her choice of profession But I did not feel for her the sort of interest that would raise the novel above the pack Becca is presented only in the past tense, in a book divided between then and now, so she gets a lot fewer pages, but she is by far the most interesting character in the book, a very powerful presence The portrayal of the relationship between Becca and Heather was a particularly strong element The secondary characters remain just that Heather s husband, Ryan, seemed a plot device and was not much developed as a character Nor were the other DGC members, or sundry supporting players Of course, in a horror book, the main thing is whether it provides chills For me, there were definitely some While there is no question that there is creepiness aplenty here, both in the events of 1991 and in what Heather goes through as an adult, these didn t cost me any shuteye But take that with a shaker of sale Few books do There is ambiguity throughout as to whether there was actual paranormal activity going on back in 1991 How much of what happened can be explained Are there occurrences that cannot One thing about this book is that it is entirely about the females Heather s husband, Ryan, is a secondary character, uninvolved in, maybe even hostile to, her challenges as an adult There are no males of note in the story of 1991, other than as back story baddies No white knights riding to the rescue to fret about Heather is tough enough to take on her personal horrors on her own While I would not put this in the top tier of horror writing, I did enjoy reading The Dead Girls Club, looked forward to finding out what was going on and just what the hell had actually happened when Heather and Becca were kids While it may not keep you up at night, this book certainly offers several hours of escapist entertainment, and if it creeps you outthan it did me, then so much the better The lady She looks hungry, like maybe she s not a lady at all but a monster wearing a lady face That s how they trick you., monsters They put normal faces on so you think they re real, but they re not And when you get too close to run away, they show you their real ones, she says, eyes serious and far too knowing Review posted November 8, 2019Publication date December 10, 2019I received an ARE from Crooked Lane And I didn t have to kill anyone to get it Well, I suppose if I had, I would probably not exactly fess up about it here, so, maybe I did and maybe I didn t Thanks, folks EXTRA STUFFLinks to the Walters personal, Twitter, Instagram and FB pagesShe is the author of the 2018 novel Cry Your Way Home, and two short story collections, Sing Me Your Scars 2015 and Paper Tigers 2016 Her work has been included in The Year s Best Dark Fantasy Horror and The Year s Best Weird Fiction, and many anthologies and magazines Interviews Night Worms The Dead Girls Club On Inspiration and What s Hiding in the Dark with Author Damien Angelica Walters by Ashley Sawyers Ginger Nuts of Horror DAMIEN ANGELICA WALTERS INVITES YOU TO THE DEAD GIRLS CLUBItem of Interest ABC News Investigators in Slender Man case discuss chilling interviews with 12 year old attempted murderers by Allie Yang and Sean Dooley


  9. says:

    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 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 receives an envelope containing a necklace One that belonged to her friend Becca from her childhood A friend she knows died The logical question is, who would send her this token And why Told in two timelines exclusively from Heather s standpoint The past keeping me shivering from fright over Beccas telling of an old witch s tale of The Red Lady I realize I may be the only reader that truly felt FEAR while reading this book But as I mentioned earlier I don t do very well with anything remotely scary.A lights on bright buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for an ARC to read and review


  10. says:

    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 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 has come back to life after centuries to get revenge, is it Heather and Becca form a storytelling club, as the title suggests They meet at an unoccupied house currently on the market with two other friends All four girls love being scared, but one story seems all too real Becca shares the history of the Red Lady, a woman scorned and out for vengeance Dirt in victims mouth Buried alive Multiple random deaths Did it really happen In a teenager s mind, anything is possible but this time, Becca has convinced them the woman is still alive today The dilemma is set quite early on, yet the pertinent details seep out through the subsequent chapters We don t know everything, and when we begin to see Heather break down in the current time period, we know something bad happened years ago.The characters are smart and witty I liked the relationships in the book, even when they were strained or awkward Heather s mother wants her to forget the past Heather s husband has no clue what s going on in his wife s life, but he is generally a doting and loving partner She s just good at hiding things from him because she thinks what s happening around her isn t really happening Yet she s a child psychologist and should know better The dynamics between the past and the present are well presented, allowing us to continue to guess Someone knows something, but we can t figure out who in Heather s life is keeping secrets too Then again, we wonder if she s making it all up, or is it another case of an unreliable narrator who is the guilty party herself I bounced around trying to guess, and even in the end, there s enough room for readers to summon their own interpretation.On the whole, I really enjoyed the story I found the plot captivating, and there were a bunch of red herrings and suspenseful moments where I kinda wanted to meet this Red Lady If you haven t done anything wrong, she s not supposed to hurt you I d be okay to look her in the eyes without dying, right Nonetheless, as an introduction to Walters work, this was great It s well written, concise but strongly descriptive, and full of lovely imagery Minor concerns over plot points had me squinting from time to time, but only the kinds of things that you look the other way on, as it helps make the storycreepy Heather was too relaxed at times I would ve called the cops or talked to someone else, rather than just try to solve the mystery myself That s why people are different though we do things our own way, so I m sure someone else might follow Heather s path too.I recommend this one It s got bunches of creepy moments, a few laughs, and tons of head shaking yikes, what s wrong with people scenes Around 4.5 stars for making me a little anxious and obsessive about solving the mystery of a serial killer


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