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 face…
In 1991, 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 it.
That belief got Becca killed.
It’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 her.
Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.
Genre: Paranormal Mystery / Thriller
My Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars)
I wasn’t sure whether to expect a true paranormal thriller or more of a traditional mystery with this one and even after I started reading it managed to keep me guessing.
I remember hanging around with my own girlfriends when I was twelve. The things we talked about were much more mundane, but the dynamics between the girls felt very believable to me. Some of Heather’s behavior as an adult didn’t so much, but more because that wasn’t how I think I would have reacted in her shoes, not necessarily because her actions were always unreasonable. Her quest to find out who knew about the incident in her past definitely kept my attention though. Once her tormentor let her know that they were aware of the past I was hooked.
There were enough clues, suspects, and red herrings to keep me on my toes and keep me second-guessing myself every time I thought I had everything figured out. When I made it to the end, I’m happy to say that it was not what I was expecting, and I love it when a book manages to surprise me like that.
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