Picador Books 2018
A quiet community is shocked by the murder of an eleven-year-old girl. As police swarm the village looking for a killer, fear compels parents to keep their children indoors. Unbeknownst to her mum and dad, though, one girl roams free.
That girl is Thera Wilde.
Thera was the murdered girl’s best friend. Together they were unstoppable and, even alone, Thera is not afraid. Its 1999, girls can do anything – and Thera reckons she can find the killer first.
First my very special thanks to the author for reaching our via Instagram and offering me a copy of her book and inviting me to be part of her Galentine’s Day book tour, hosted over on Instagram today (13th February). Now if like me you have never watched an episode of Parks and Recreation you may not be familiar with Galentine’s Day. Read on to learn more…
Galentine’s Day is all about Women, women celebrating women to be precise. Created by fictional character Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation, ‘Every February 13th, my ladyfriends and I leave our husband and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast style, ladies celebrating ladies.’ And that is Galentine’s Day.
So why are we talking about Dead Girls on such a celebratory day I hear you asking? Well Dead Girls is about female friendship, Thera is devastated by the loss of her best friend Billie, she cannot get over it and is determined to understand why she was murdered. Written almost exclusively from the perspective of Billie, this book reads at times like a young adult book, although the themes may be a little bit dark. For as well as celebrating the value of female friendship this book is also about violence against women and girls #vawg. Thera at 11 doesn’t really understand why her friend was taken, she wants to understand what happened and hears words such as pervert and rape bandied about and she strives to learn more in a unique way specific to her age.
The book was an engaging and not difficult read despite its subject matter. It raised some thought provoking questions about violence against girls and touches on themes such as appearance and dress as well as the portrayal of girls as victims. All this created a very current and relevant read. But Thera is kick – ass, at 11 she knows the difference between right and wrong and is determined to seek vengeance for her friend’s death. While this is impressive for a child it also serves to explore what girls are told to do to be safe and embodies a different approach in Thera.
In terms of the book I enjoyed it although found the ending difficult but important. As I mentioned previously it is told in the first person by Thera and at 11 her words and language made the book seem very story like. Without giving anything away this made the ending more hard hitting and while not liking it I was impressed with where the author took things.
An interesting and thought-provoking read, that yes, I would recommend. Thanks as always for stopping by and please, if you have found this review interesting then please do share on social media.