Thriller, Suspense | 583 pages | 12.10.2019 | Crooked Lane Books
The good: The Red Lady was amazing. I loved how creepy, evil, and unpredictable she was. I loved the actual Dead Girls Club and their obsession with serial killers, the paranormal, and the weird. I enjoyed the group dynamic that happens amongst teenage girls. It felt real and authentic.
The bad: The ‘now’ and ‘then’ format felt contrived. The ‘then’ stories were so much better, so much more unique, and so much more engaging; that I found myself almost skimming the ‘now’ chapters. I so wanted more of the Red Lady and the Dead Girls Club!!!!! Honestly, the whole book should’ve been about that. The synopsis promised a supernatural and eerie atmosphere and instead provided a lackluster thriller at best. It’s truly disappointing that the story essentially lacked any horror motifs.
The ugly: Adult Heather Cole was dreadful. She was boring and entitled. The ‘now’ happenings were almost as unbelievable as Heather’s reactions to it. And the ending was just ….. a disaster. The overarching trope is utterly overdone. The twists and turns were chaotic. The adult side characters were one dimensional and often useless to push the plot forward. And don’t even get me started on Heather’s mom! I am not giving anything away but her involvement in the entire storyline is outrageous and so far fetched, the author may as well have introduced a unicorn that came flying down to earth, sprinkle a bunch of confetti to make everything nice again and it would’ve had the same credibility.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.