‘Dead Girl’ adds life to supernatural genre

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

November 29, 2012

Photo courtesy of belcastroagency.com

In today’s media, young protagonists who deal with the supernatural have become a sensation. Some stories on the subject fail horribly, but “Dead Girl” succeeds in several ways.

“Dead Girl” is a book by first time author B.C. Johnson. It almost instantly drew my attention when it was made obvious that he created a new paranormal creature for the book. In my opinion, some of the best horror and fantasy stories are ones that introduce readers to new creatures.

In “Dead Girl,” 15 year old Lucy Day is killed just as life is starting to go her way, but something brings her back with an unexpected price.

For this story, plot is definitely the driving force. The way Johnson sets up all his events is terrific, taking care of the little challenges to draw out the primary crisis. It sets the speed at the perfect tempo – fast enough where the reader never wants to put it down while not overwhelming readers with events. Plus, the reader never knows what is going to happen next and it keeps them reading. There are several places where the twist is incredibly dramatic, but not overdone to the point where it seems forced or cliché.

Along with the excellent plot are several well written characters.  One of the most fascinating characters was Puck, a mute who seems to be the only person who understands what is happening to Lucy and is doing his best to help her survive. It is through his involvement that the readers get to see Lucy develop from a slightly selfish teen to somebody who understands that she has responsibilities to the people around her.

Through flowing language and vivid imagery, Johnson creates a story that enthralls its readers. It has hints of many genres, like suspense and romance, that make it a good book for fans of both genders.

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