Thursday, September 27, 2012

As Dead As It Gets

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)Alender, Katie. As Dead As It Gets (#3)
15 May 2012, Hyperion

In this third installment after Bad Girls Don't Die and From Bad to Cursed, things are even worse for Alexis. It's been a while since she witnessed Lydia's death, and she's trying to move on, but it's hard because she keeps seeing dead people in photographs. To make matters worse, a girl in her class disappears, and Alexis sees Lydia's calling card on the news... yellow roses. Alexis is also trying to move on from her boyfriend Carter, and is dating Jared instead, and is on the newspaper staff, headed up by the quirky Elliot, as a photographer. When one girl after another starts turning up murdered, and Alexis herself has some bad run ins with ghosts, she tries to investigate and find out what is holding Lydia in limbo and trying to set her free. What she finds is that Lydia is not the force behind the hauntings and killings... the force is even closer and more dangerous than she could imagine.
Strengths: Very creepy, with lots of murder and suspense, which my students ask for A LOT. Most of the murders are done by the ghosts, which makes it somewhat better, and I did not see the real murderer coming. Probably book four in the works.
Weaknesses: The murders were a bit too much for me. I liked the first book because it was more psychological horror, and I'd like it more if the ghosts were just scaring people. The murders (and there are two graphic ones) were too much for me.

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