DEAD END GIRLS
Author: Wendy Heard
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publishing Date: May 10th, 2022
In one week, Maude will be dead. At least, that’s what she wants everyone to think. After years of research, Maude has decided to fake her own death. She’s figured out the how, the when, the where, and who will help her unsuspectingly.
The why is complex: revenge, partly. Her terrible parents deserve this. But there’s also l’appel du vide, the call of the void, that beckons her toward a new life where she will be tied to no one, free and adrift. Then Frankie, a step-cousin she barely knows, figures out what she’s plotting, and the plan seems like it’s ruined. Except Frankie doesn’t want to rat her out. Frankie wants in. The girls vault into the unknown, risking everything for a new and limitless life. But there are some things you can never run away from. What if the poison is not in the soil, but in the roots?
This pulse-pounding thriller offers a nuanced exploration of identity, freedom, and falling in love while your world falls apart.
Wendy Heard is the author of two adult thrillers: The Kill Club and Hunting Annabelle, which Kirkus Reviews praised as “a diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch.” She’s Too Pretty To Burn, which Kirkus called “a wild and satisfying romp” in a starred review, marks her YA debut. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America, is a contributor at Crimereads.com, and co-hosts the Unlikeable Female Characters podcast. Wendy lives in Los Angeles, California.
Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours, Netgalley and the author for providing me with a free digital copy to review. This in no way, has influenced my thoughts on the book. You can check out the other posts on the tour here.
1. The Plot: It was actually good, and thought-of. Moreover, there was angst and toxicity but it was portrayed such that it didn’t really feel too toxic.
2. The Characters: The rep was pretty good, and I enjoyed reading the characters, especially Frankie. Although, they were somehow more fleshed out than our MC Maude, which was sorta weird, idk.
1. The writing style: It was not bad, but it felt very …. low, I guess? Like even the action packed scenes didn’t have my heart racing and I just didn’t feel any passion in the writing. It was very bland.
2. The dating your step-cousin thing:
Look I get that they are not blood relatives or anything, but the step cousin thing still weirded me out. Maybe that’s just me but yeah.
Otherwise, the book was pretty great, and I enjoyed reading it. Would recommend to everyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.
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