I enjoyed this author’s first work, The Memory Game, so I thought I would give her follow up book a try. This isn’t really a new premise, but it is one I usually find engaging. In this case, it was a little darker than I expected and I just didn’t care for the unrelenting doom.
From the author of the bestselling The Memory Game
Cassie Brown doesn’t see dead people, she becomes them. The slightest touch forces her to relive their final moments in breath-sapping detail. She herself was dead, killed in the accident that took the rest of her family. But whatever strange power governs the universe, has plans for her that don’t involve her death… yet.
Dante has a recurring dream. Every time he sleeps he sees the exact moment of his own demise. But where did the nightmare come from? If it is a premonition, how long has he got?
A girl and a boy, two damaged souls drawn together. Add a serial killer stalking the streets, a desperate cop and a newspaper reporter with an unhealthy interest in her story, and Cassie is soon mixed up in a lethal game. She may have cheated Death once, but this time he’s keeping a much closer eye on his prize…
Dead Girl Walking is an unpredictable mix of romance, paranormal and crime thriller that will keep you gripped until the very last page.
Cassie was dead for eight hours before she woke in a morgue next to her family. It was a miracle, but it came at a price. Now she can relive deaths of the people she touches, and her skill could be invaluable to the police. Cassie is seriously depressed and dealing with survivor’s guilt, but the opportunity to turn her curse into a gift tempts her to put herself in the path of a killer. This was a fairly slow paced book that spent a lot of time with Cassie working through her feelings. It focuses more on her character than on the actual crimes that she could help solve. It is also a fairly depressing read for that same reason. Cassie can’t seem to get herself together, and she doesn’t actually do a lot in the story other than wallow in her despair. There is a little romance, but the fact that neither Cassie nor Dante, her love interest, feels they can reveal things to each other means the connection between the two of them is tenuous at best. The suspense was a little wasted on me because I was able to identify the murderer and the twist long before the reveals. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I felt vindication instead of surprise, but it might annoy some readers with its predictability. Overall, I felt the pace, the focus, and the unrelenting gloom made for a rather dull book. Language and situations that involve rape and murder make this a read for more mature high school readers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.