Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

This book was crazy.

Heather has a secret, which you already know she killed Becca.  That’s not what this is about.  Let’s start from the beginning.  The chapters alternate between Then and Now which I love.

THEN

Heather, Becca and two other friends started the Dead Girls Club.  An exclusive club where they obsess over serial killers and murder.  It’s at a meeting that Becca tells the story about the Red Lady.  Now that’s all she talks about.

I thought Becca’s character was hard to like.  She is a mean girl who would only be your friend if you did what she wanted.  She was obsessed with the Red Lady, and wanted everyone else to be too.  When Heather refused to be a Red Lady groupie, she was ousted.  Of course Heather was crushed.  She and Becca had just bought a Best Friends Forever Necklace.  Also Becca’s home life wasn’t good, so she spent a lot of time at Heather’s house.  That ended after Heather refused to believe.  Now Becca is dead.

NOW

Years later as a child psychologist, Heather received an envelope with Becca’s half of the BFF necklace.  Is Becca really dead?  I went back and forth on this one.  Someone is messing with Heather, but who is it?  Whoever it is, they want her to pay and they won’t stop until they find out the truth of what happened that night.

Heather’s mom and husband begin to worry about her as she becomes more and more paranoid.  Why can’t the past just stay buried?

I thought the author did a good job of building suspense around who is messing with Heather.  I had a million thoughts running through my head while reading this, but none of them were right.  You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out if Becca is really dead.  That’s what kept me going.  I wanted answers.

Grab you copy on December 10, 2019! Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the copy of this book for an honest review.

Book Rating: 3/5

This would pair nicely with a Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon. Big berry flavors like currant, raspberry and blackberry jam with a velvety vanilla finish make up this Cabernet Sauvignon. Lush and lasting, it’s sure to make a big impression.  Just like the Red Lady made an impression on Becca.