Book Review: The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Waters

Rating:  ★★★★

The Dead Girls Club is a supernatural thriller full of nostalgia. It flashes back and forth between the present moment with Heather, as her past catches up with her, and flashbacks to moments shared with her best friends when she was 12. It brings back memories of sleep overs and sneaking out after dark, telling ghost stories in the dark, and playing games like Bloody Mary or Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.

The author nailed the character of 12 year old girls, the fights, the love between them, the back and forth chatter. She had me remembering things I hadn’t thought of in ages. Overall I liked most of the characters and felt they were pretty fleshed out. I did grow frustrated at times with Heather’s inability to communicate with her husband and friends, as well as her increasingly erratic behavior, but it makes sense in the context.

The writing style felt very heavily stream of consciousness, which isn’t always my thing and grew a little tiresome here from time to time. Otherwise the writing and dialogue were fine.

The pacing never feels slow, (I’d actually describe it as quick) but the actual action doesn’t really ramp up until the very end. It’s more of a slow burn, strange things happening throughout, each becoming more brazen and mysterious. I often found it hard to put it down, no matter which storyline I was following. The spooky parts are sufficiently creepy, but it doesn’t veer too far into horror territory.

The ending is not predictable (I sure didn’t guess it, I don’t think anyone else will either) but it also isn’t surprising, I don’t want to say it’s been done before, but I feel like things like it have been done before. There was no definitive OMG I can’t believe it! Moment.

Overall a solid entry into the thriller genre with mass appeal. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an electronic copy for review.

The Dead Girls Club releases on December 10, 2019 and can be found GoodReads or preordered on Amazon.

16 thoughts on “Book Review: The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

  1. WHOAAA! Spook alert 🚨 THAT TITLE! 😍😍😍😱😱😱😱 And seems like a few issues aside you really enjoyed it! I have never read any stream of consciousness but I agree that it might become a bit tiresome, judging by the sound of it. 😅

    Still, AWESOME REVIEW AS ALWAYS Sarah’ 😍😍❤️❤️🌟🌟

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    • Thanks! It definitely can be tiresome, but I don’t mind it sometimes in small doses. And I did mostly enjoy it! Though to be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot of it now. I’m not sure if that says more about me or the book (which I read and reviewed quite a while a go).

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    • That’s a good way of putting it! I actually don’t mind when a book keeps me guessing with some red herrings though. Although I don’t like it when a book seems to push towards one particular ending and then veers left with no hints whatsoever.

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    • Nostalgia is one of my favorite guilty pleasure things in a book. I don’t remember much of the 80s, but I could totally see how some would love Ready Player One for nostalgia alone. For me it’s the 90s.

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