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The Dead Girls Club

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Four young girls spend a summer devoted to murder and trying to conjure up the Red Lady in the basement (think along the lines of Bloody Mary). They are part of The Dead Girls Club...where they discuss horror novels and true crimes. What they didn't know is that their Dead Girls Club would have their own true crime committed among them...a murder.

Flash forward to 30 years and we see a piece of mail turn Heather's world upside down. No one in her current life knows what happened in the past and her hiding this secret is causing turmoil. The book navigates between then and now so it's easy to follow along and has you turning the pages wondering what on earth is happening...is Becca alive or is she dead? 

If you enjoyed Goosebumps as a young reader, you will enjoy this modern day adult version. It's not particularly scary, but provides a solid read.
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Loved this book.  Plenty of devious surprises and crackling suspense, along with interesting characters.  Just the sort of book to cause a lack of sleep, but I won't complain!  Highly recommended.

*This book was provided to me as an ARC at no charge in exchange for my honest review.  My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to participate in this program.*
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I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are my own. 

The 90's! Yeah, they're over for a reason. (Not that the 90's involvement had any direct correlation to my dislike of this book.) 

As Millennial Trash, I was totally hyped for the nostalgia aspect of this book. But have you tried rewatching Gilmore Girls as an adult and hated them all? That's what this book feels like. 

I'm not usually a fan of alternating POV or timelines, but I thought I'd give it a shot for the story. The girls are way too girly and I wanted to strangle the main character/narrator (a feat previously only achieved by two books). 

Total bummer, dude.
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An easily immersive thriller, Walters can tell a very creepy tale, always. This story had my hackles raised from page one.
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This book is great for mystery and thriller lovers.  I loved reading this book.  It kept me up way past my bedtime every night I had it at my bedside.  The tension and suspense level was just right and made me eager to get to the end but not so eager that I couldn't take time to enjoy the book.  I thought I knew for the longest time what was going on, but I was fooled.  I think I would have been happier though had it ended the way I had envisioned.  The ending felt a bit contrived and is the only reason I'm giving this book four stars instead of five.  Even so, it is a very worthwhile read, very enjoyable.  The characters are developed well and I cared about Heather, despite my suspicions of her.  I actually still have feelings about her despite the book being finished and the ending being a little subpar in my opinion.  I will be recommending this to the thriller lovers wholeheartedly.
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Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This cover kept catching my eye on Netgalley and I kept thinking about requesting it, but then I would worry that it was going to be toooooo scary. BUT, it really wasn’t scary. Suspenseful at times- but also draggy at times.

What I Liked:

The cover! It was dark and beautiful.

The mention of Baby, Baby by Amy Grant. That was MY song in the early 90’s.

The Dead Girls Club group. Even though I would ground my nieces to the end of time if I ever hear they are in a group like that.

 

Bottom line: This book had SO much potential- but it just didn’t live up to all I thought it could be.
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I loved this book. It was exciting and suspenseful, I couldn't tell if I could trust the narrator and it kept me guessing throughout the story. It reminded me of watching a horror movie, where you want to yell at the characters "no, don't do that!"
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This was definitely a captivating read, but I always have difficulty with unreliable narrators. I know that it's a personal thing and others enjoy it, but there's something about it that I can't seem to get past. Overall though the writing is very good!
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A good mystery with a good ol’ unreliable narrator. It received a good amount of hype that wasn’t necessarily justified in my opinion. .
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Damien Angelica Walters' The Dead Girls Club, Heather Cole went through a traumatic and scary event as a budding pre-teen. She's spent her life hiding from it, trying to pretend it never happened, trying to do better in the world. Now as an adult, working as a child psychiatrist to try and make the world a better place, someone's coming back to let her know they know what happened. I received an e-arc from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book is oddly compelling. I say oddly, because I spent the whole time terrified AND excited to read what happened next. I'm not usually a horror fan. For me horror is just too overwhelming, I spend too much empathy on my books, but Walters dragged me in so deep, I just had to care, just had to know what was happening next.

The story flips back and forth between what's happening now and what happened then, and we find out pretty early on what happened then, even if we haven't quite gotten to the scene of it. Walters' so perfectly captures the feeling of being a pre-teen and trying to have friends, trying to be cool, that fear and need that your best friend is YOUR best friend not everyone else's. There's a sweetness to it, despite the underlying terror. I almost wish she'd written out all of the young moments together and then written the adult moments from there.

Heather Cole as an adult is someone who I rooted for, and cared for, all the more so because of reading the young moments of her. Without the young moments I might not have found her so compelling. However, her decisions are surprisingly understandable. As she's facebook and internet stalking everyone trying to see what's up, I definitely felt that "oh no don't do it" feeling, while knowing in my gut, I totally would've done it too. There was almost some humor in the fear feeling over her.

I look forward to seeing what Walters' comes up with next.

This review is scheduled to be published on April 20th. GoodReads and links will be updated at that time.
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Overall I enjoyed this book. The storyline and the alternating timelines really kept me intrigued. I appreciated the "murderino" knowledge that was dispersed throughout the book. The characters were likeable, except for Heather. I just did not like her. I really did not like the way the book ended either. I would have liked to see Heather get what was coming for her. I was surprised by the ending however and did not see the story ending that way. Overall I think this was a decent thriller and would recommend it to my friends to read.
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I just could not get into this book. I was really excited to get it, but it ended up not holding my interest, and I unfortunately chose not to finish it.
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Wow i absolutely loved this book! 

A psychologically disturbing addictive read.  The tension Walter's wrote through the alternating chapters of past and present really gripped me to the story and had me anticipating what to expect next.  I will definitely be on the lookout of more from this author
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What. The. Actual...?

This story was probably one of the most twisted and creepy tales I've read in a long time...like, The Body Finder creepy.

Supernatural and full of unexpected turns, I was riveted and scared at the same time; turning pages held the element of mystery I've only experienced a handful of times. Switching between past and present threw me at first, but at about 50% in, things started to click and I was no longer pulled from the story...instead, I was sucked so far in I had no chance of escape until the last words were read.

Following Heather from childhood to adulthood and back again, her behavior was erratic and strange at first. Being a child psychologist, she made a series of mistakes in her practice, a woman clearly not acting in her right mind and in no shape to treat children in a therapeutic manner.

Her own demons got the best of her, and someone was capitalizing on her secrets...or what they thought her secrets were. Scare tactics, stalking, complete dismissal of her hysteria. So much to take in and such complexity to the trauma she faced as a child...

In short, I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. I'm not quite sure how I feel, to be honest. The writing is good, the storyline (as twisted as it is) is fantastic, and the ending...well, let's just say I didn't see that one coming.

I suppose with all those things, my rating makes sense. I will absolutely pick up another book by this author, in the very distant future...because this one did give me some unsettling thoughts. I'm not prepared to jump into another thriller just yet...but I will be back. I always come back.

**3.5 Scary Stories and Sad Children, Stars**
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I really can't fathom why this book has such an overall low rating, as it's a perfectly serviceable thriller with the added bonus of a creepy urban legend. It's a compulsive page turner, it's creepy, it gets you thinking, it features an unlikable but sympathetic main character going off the rails...what more do you need in a thriller, really?

The narrative is split between past and present. In the present day, Heather Cole is a child psychologist haunted by her murder of her childhood best Becca. When she begins receiving mysterious packages of items belonging to Becca, she believes someone is blackmailing her, and she becomes desperate to discover what is happening. In the past, Heather is twelve years old and best friends with Becca, Gia, and Rachel, who altogether are informally part of The Dead Girls Club, where they gather in an abandoned house and tell each other terrible, scary, and gory stories.

I loved the alternating timelines, especially because I think the author did a superb job distinguishing between adult Heather and tween Heather. I really felt like I was reading about tweens, with all their odd insecurities and dramas, while adult Heather felt very much like a haunted adult stuck in the past. The timelines eventually converge in a way that had me up until 3AM desperate to find out the truth of it all.

There are two big twists/reveals, and of course it's difficult to discuss how satisfying they were without spoiling things. I thought the first reveal came way out of left field, but once I sat with it a bit, I think I liked it. I just wish it had been hinted at a bit more beforehand. The second reveal made way more sense. Upon reflection, this book is less a supernatural thriller than a tragic tale about a young girl in a terrible - and very realistic - situation desperate for escape. It's also about the effects of mass hysteria, which I also wish had been explored a bit more, as it's a fascinating phenomenon.

Overall a very fun, engaging, and entertaining read, with some truly creepy bits!
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I enjoyed this book from Walters. I wasn’t sure that I was going to at the beginning. It started out a bit slow and I was afraid I may dnf, but it picked up. I enjoyed the alternating timelines and the characters were well developed. It did start to drag in some places, but I was invested enough to push through. Overall, well done!
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The description had me at, "The night Heather killed her." 
I can't pass up a story where the main character is the killer, and this one didn't disappoint. 
While it did start a bit slow, I found that by around 20% in, I couldn't put it down. The ending was really well done as well (no spoilers but... wow). 

I'd definitely recommend this book to any thirller/horror fan.
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Peop[e follow one of two camps, believers in the supernatural/ghosts and non-believers. Sure when your little everyone minus the Sheldon Coopers of the world get scared at night thinking there was a monster under the bed or someone lurking in the closet. Most of us watched a scary horror flick when we were told not too because we were too young and had nightmares many nights afterwards. Thats part of life and as we get older, monsters don't sleep under our bed or lurk in closets at night. But believers of the supernatural like Becca in Damien Angelica Walters book, The Dead Girls Club, believe in ghosts, serial killers and monsters that have super powers. 
She and her three friends form The Dead Girls Club to tell "real" stories of ghosts like the Red Lady, a vengeful witch whose spirit is alive and exacting her revenge centuries later.
Becca tells her friends, including best friend, Heather, the story of the Red Lady over the summer and by the end of summer, Becca is dead.
Years later, Heather now married and a child psychologist, receives a package in the mail containing a necklace worn by Becca. Not possible since Becca had the necklace on when she died.
Time to decide, are you a believer or a skeptic? Believers will be riveted by this grownup "Ghost" story with bumps in the night and things that will reinforce your beliefs in the supernatural.
Skeptics will have a harder time with this book and too many things don't add up
This was a slow read for me due to the writing style. Walters tells the story in the Then/Now narrative. Unfortunately, Walters was too wordy at times and the book did not flow.
I wanted to believe in this creepy supernatural thriller but the skeptic in me found it unbelievable. I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. #NetGalley #TheDeadGirlsClub
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I enjoyed this novel.  The storyline (though dark) was engaging and creative, and I liked the way the story was told through the alternating between "then" and "now".   I needed to find out more about the characters:  who was sending Heather tidbits from her past, why did the four girls separate so quickly, and why did Rachel remain distant and aloof when reunited with Heather.  
There was a lot of dark in the story.  It started with the scary stories written by children and references to their love of horror novels, but then the darkness started to pop out in the lives they lived, making the reading difficult  at times.
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First book I've read by this author and I'm a new fan!!! This was a good "old-fashion" horror/ghost story that reminded me of the early books of Stephen King. Not a lot of twists and turns, but keeps the reader riveted until the astonishing end.
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