“The last time I saw the pendant, it was on Becca’s neck. She was my best friend. And I killed her.”—Heather, Now, from the Dead Girls Club.
There were four members of the Dead Girls Club. Dead Becca didn’t send the pendant. Heather didn’t send it to herself. That left Gia and Rachel for Heather, now a child psychologist, to investigate. Or was someone else there in the house the night that Becca died—with the necklace around her neck?
The four girls are fascinated by Becca’s tales of the Red Lady. The Red Lady was a witch who was buried alive long ago. She somehow escaped her grave and terrorized the townspeople who buried her. But later, even today, when you wanted someone dead, she would help you—but at a high price.
The tale of the necklace and Heather’s guilt over Becca’s death are told in sections labeled Now. The alternating sections about the Red Lady are labeled Then. What really happened after Becca was killed is the nexus between the two.
I really enjoyed the Then sections. The Red Lady stories, while similar to the Bloody Mary tale, were captivating. I found myself skimming the Now parts to return as quickly as possible to the Then tale.
That might be why I found Heather’s story to be so annoying. She has kept the story of Becca’s death to herself for thirty years. Why is she so frantic now? Even if you quote Hamlet about the damned spot, you are still damned irritating.
However, the twisty ending of Dead Girls Club makes sifting through Heather’s whining worth it. I really thought I had it all figured out. But no—I was completely wrong! This book is a great rollercoaster ride of a thriller with a creepy horror story side plot. 4 stars!
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.