Good Girls Don’t Die

Berkley. Nov. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593638194. pap. $17. HORROR
Henry (Horseman) takes readers on a horrific adventure in this page-turning story. Three women find themselves in unexpectedly strange situations as they seem to be suddenly trapped in lives that resemble stereotypical genres—from a cozy mystery to a slasher film and a dystopia. Celia wakes up not knowing anyone in her life, including the man claiming to be her husband; Allie is supposed to be on a birthday trip with her best friends, but they are taken to a remote cabin in the woods; and Maggie finds herself navigating a treacherous maze to save her daughter’s life. Henry deftly navigates the situations that each character is in, showing how they use their skills to attempt to figure out what is happening, while also making the women realize that reality can be far different than fictional tropes. At the beginning of each chapter, there are also snippets from message boards that are increasingly sinister, showing how these three women may be connected.
VERDICT Featuring a unique premise and culminating in an engaging twist, this book offers a poignant feminist horror story with strong women characters.
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