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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 FaceIn , 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 ItThat Belief Got Becca KilledIt 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 HerNow, Someone Else Knows What She Didand They Re Determined To Make Heather Pay 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 that these are just stories, but her best friend Becca soon becomes obsessed, convinced the stories are real and that The Red Lady has made contact with her Becca sets out to prove that the Red Lady is real and ends up dead Years later, Heather is a child psychologist, helping troubled children overcome their demons When she starts to receive cryptic messages in the mail she initially brushes it off But when the messages become macabre, and she starts being followed, Heather begins to wonder if somehow, somewhere, there is someone who knows Heather s secret that Becca is dead because of her Damien Angelica Walters has several award winning short stories under her belt, stories acclaimed for being weird and gothic The Dead Girls Club is set to be released in December 2019 The Dead Girls Club is formed as a result of four close friends who share an obsession and meet to perform s ances and tell stories As a pre adolescent girl, I was always forming clubs and secret groups with my friends, desperate to have something we could share with just us, away from the outside worldtoo bad I didn t have friends obsessed with serial killers I would ve been ALL OVER a Dead Girls Club of my ownThat part of the novel is relatable and charming, as the friendships are challenged by angst ridden problems and hormones, typical of any female group of outsiders The story alternates between THEN and NOW, each chapter narrated by Heather as a young girl and as an adult The secrets of the novel are slowly revealed, with just enough suspense in each chapter to keep you hooked When the ending is revealed, and the truth comes out, I was slightly disappointed The twist has been done before, in movies and books both, and it was almost unbelievable and far fetched That being said, there was a definitive ending which provided answers to questions that form throughout the novel I questioned the behaviours and actions of Adult Heather a few times, as she seemed to sabotage her adult life and relationships than she needed to, all to hide a childhood secret The Dead Girls Club is definitely unique and creative, with relatable characters Walters definitely has a thing for the macabrewhich I appreciate, of courseand this novel is well written, compete with a spooky abandoned house and a mysterious could be true urban legend Definitely worth checking out for those who are looking for a nostalgic, gothic read. 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 needs help 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 maybe surprise 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 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. 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.