Need a thriller to keep you on your toes as 2016 rolls to a close? Why not pick up Michelle Krys’ new novel Dead Girls Society?
Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied. When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money. But the Society isn’t all that it seems… playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
Dead Girls Society sounds amazing and terrifying. Can you tell us a bit about it – and specifically about our leading lady Hope?
Dead Girls Society is about a diverse group of girls who receive anonymous invitations to join a high-stakes game of dares, but soon the promise of a prize is replaced by a fight to stay alive.
Hope has cystic fibrosis, a chronic and fatal lung disease, but she doesn’t want to be defined by it. She feels smothered by her overprotective mother and just wants to be a normal teenager. So when an invitation arrives from the mysterious “Society”, promising much-needed excitement and the opportunity to win money and prizes, she jumps at the chance.
Hope must face the game conducted by a secret group called the Society. What kind of foes is she facing? Are they like a sorority? Or darker… perhaps more magical?
I can’t say too much without giving everything away, but I will say that the Society has dirt on all the girls and is leveraging it to force them into participating in the game.
What was the hardest part of writing Dead Girls Society? What was the most fun? Were they, perhaps, the same thing?
This was my first mystery thriller, and it was definitely a challenge layering in all the clues to who is behind the game without making it obvious to the reader.
The dares were fun to write, as were the kissing scenes, but by far my most favorite scene to write was when Hope, who comes from a low-income family, attends an exclusive charity event with her new, wealthy boyfriend. I loved writing the whole fish-out-of-water experience, plus there was a bit of romance and action as well.
Your earlier novel Hexed involved the possibility of every witch on the planet dying if Indigo didn’t succeed. Now we have the Dead Girls Society. Why do you think you are drawn so much to death in your work, either as a feared outcome or as a natural part of the story?
Ha! That’s a good question. Maybe one for a therapist.
What else do you want people to know about Dead Girls Society?
Dead Girls Society is a bit different from the urban fantasies I’ve written so far (Hexed and Charmed). While there isn’t any magic, there’s still the same touch of humor and romance that readers of my books have come to expect. I really hope you all love it!
What books would you recommend to fans of Dead Girls Society for when they need something new to devour?
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart are two of the best YA mysteries I’ve read in recent memory. Of course, there’s also the fantastic Pretty Little Liars series by Sarah Shephard.
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