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Review: Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

Updated: Dec 4, 2021

The story takes place in 1920s Harlem when there was lots of culture and parties. In the city the Girl Killer is on the loose, targeting young Black girls. Our main character, Louise Lloyd, agrees to help the detectives solve this serial killer case. As more and more bodies show up, Louise becomes more fearful for her own life and the lives of the people she loves around her.

I found this story really enjoyable. It has a good mix of cliffhangers and heartfelt moments. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it has many different subplots. Of course there is the main mystery, but there is also a romantic subplot including our main heroine as well as a family plot. I found them all very entertaining and kept the story fresh.

Although as a whole the story was entertaining, I did find the middle section dragged a little. I also don't know if this is a me thing, but I found the mystery a little confusing at times, especially since there are so many characters and things happening at once.

I think this book could easily be enjoyed by anyone. People who read lots of mysteries will enjoy the setting of this book and Louise as a main character. She is so witty and ready to get in on the action. I also think people who don't read many mysteries will find this one really easy to get sucked into and perfectly quench one's desire for a good twisty mystery. This book is out now so you can pick it up for yourself!


Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley for an e-arc of this title. All opinions are my own.

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