Title: Dead Girls
Author: Graeme Cameron
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Page Count: 304
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
I may not remember everything, but I know he won’t hurt anyone else.
I won’t let him.
It’s been two months since a serial killer brutally attacked police detective Alisha Green and left her for dead. Two months since she could effortlessly recall simple things, since her mind felt remotely sound. The nameless killer thinks he knows her, thinks she’s just another dead girl among many. Ali Green plans to show him he’s dead wrong about that.
Ali has two enemies now: the dangerous man she’s hunting and her own failing memory. As explosive new evidence comes to light and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim threaten both her investigation and her credibility, she begins to question what is and isn’t real. And now Ali has no choice but to remember the past…before it buries her.
A hypnotically gripping thriller that proves international bestselling author Graeme Cameron is one of the most unique voices in contemporary fiction today.
Dead Girls by Graeme Cameron is a thriller that sounded as if it would be right up my alley with a police detective after revenge from the killer who had threatened her life. Unfortunately I found this one anything but a compelling thriller read.
The story is that detective Alisha Green was brutally attacked and left for dead but she did manage to survive her attack. Now two months later other victims have been found and some are even still missing so Ali wants to do anything she can to help catch the serial killer.
Ali however has one huge hurtle before she can be of any help with the case, her own failing memory. The attack has left Ali fighting her own mind and memories but she knows that she needs to recall those details to sort through the conflicting accounts and find her attacker.
Dead Girls began at a very fast pace bringing the action and a host of characters in at a rapid rate which may lead to some confusion. Normally I’m one that enjoys a fast pace but I also like depth built into it to get to know everyone and the situation I’m stepping into and it seemed that was missing in here leaving me struggling to get to know everything.
I also lost count of how many times during the book it seemed conversations just ran together and I would lose who was speaking, this also led to a disconnect to the story and characters. When the story included a main character struggling with what is real and what is imagined and her own memories while I was struggling to become invested I had a bit of chuckle to myself thinking maybe the author’s style was actually a brilliant twist to know how she felt. Regardless though this one really did not ever hook me into the story and the style was just not for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Graeme Cameron lives with his family in Norfolk, UK. Normal was his first novel.