Sharon Sant’s Dead Girl Walking was a gloomy and depressing YA paranormal suspense

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Sharon Sant’s Dead Girl Walking was a gloomy and depressing YA paranormal suspense

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.  

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Goodreads Summary

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. 
My Thoughts

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.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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