Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin: a feminist thriller

Why should you read this book?

Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin is an incredible book! And, I am highly recommending this one!

An eleven-year-old girl named Billie is found dead. Thera – her best friend and an incredibly brave and intelligent person – decides to find the murderer aided by a Ouija board, Billie’s ghost, and the spirit of four other dead girls.

We can say that Dead Girls is a murder thriller. And, that’s accurate. But it’s also much more than that. This book is thought-inducing, bringing to the table gender questions. This story is told by an eleven-year-old girl who doesn’t quite understand why so many young girls like herself are being raped, hurt and ultimately murdered. Reading this book as a female adult is such a familiar experience. We’ve been this girl. Even if our best friends haven’t been murdered, we’ve asked ourselves when we were much younger why some men would want to hurt us in such horrible ways. Thera is so real, innocent and bold.

I don’t want to give much away but Dead Girls came as a breath of fresh air. I don’t read that many thrillers but the majority was sort of predictable. And, I cannot say the same about this book! Dead Girls is not only very well-written but the characters and plot are also woven beautifully. 

I’d like to thank Picador Books and Abigal Tarttelin for seding a review copy.



A quiet community is shocked by the murder of an eleven-year-old girl. As police swarm the village, fear compels parents to keep their children indoors. Unbeknown to her Mum and Dad, though, one girl roams free.

That girl is Thera Wilde.

Thera was the murdered girl’s best friend. Together they were unstoppable and, even alone, Thera is not afraid: it’s 1999. Girls can do anything.

And Thera reckons she can find the killer before the police do.

Taken from the publisher’s website.


Book Details:

Publisher: Picador Books
Published on: January 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Price: £8,99

4 stars

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