WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
Last month I got a chance to read and review “The Memory Game” by the author Sharon Sant. The book, as can be gauged by my review was indeed a delightful read and I enjoyed it to no end. This month I again turned lucky when thanks to NetGalley, I got a chance to read “Dead Girl Walking” which is also by the same author.
“Dead Girl Walking” is the story of a nineteen-year-old girl, Cassie Brown who comes back to life after having being declared dead from an accident which killed her entire family including Mom, Dad and sister Tish. She had been dead for a while and was in a morgue along with her family before she finally came back to life. This shocked many including her doctors who were unsure as to how could she still be alive after having been dead for so long. But that’s not all, apparently, she now has a new ability too. Just by a mere touch, she can relive the last moments of the dead. She can experience the pain, the agony, the fear, the numbness, or the void which one might have gone through when death came knocking at their doorstep.
Luckily or rather unluckily, a detective knows about her miraculous ability and he is pestering her to help him solve an alleged serial murder case. But will Cassie be safe doing this? What do the dead girls have to say to Cassie? Will she be of any help to the detective? Will she find out who the killer is? And what about the apparent stalker who is making her life hell? Know this and much more about Cassie and her life in this exciting new novel today.
The best part of the book is the ability of the author to write a paranormal YA and yet maintain that innocence and subtlety so well. The book is not outright spooky or frightening but it has just the right amount of horror and mystery to keep the readers engaged till the end and maintain the title suitable for young readers. The plot is also well conceived and delivered. I liked the characters of Cassie and also detective Karl. The character of her Gran is lovable too. The author has a wonderful ability to create characters that are both endearing and interesting and Cassie though having had experienced the weirdest things in life is still so relatable that the author’s skill in making her so is noteworthy.
The book at some point turns a little boring for me when too much focus was given on the Cassie-Dante equation. I would have definitely liked it more if there was a just a little bit more of the thrill quotient throughout the book rather than that being only in the last few chapters. The start was great and the end was good too, only the middle seems somewhat lacklustre and that is the only reason of my disappointment with the book. Rest assured, the book is a good read and I, therefore, recommend it to all my readers.