Far from the cheesy and gory horror films of today, Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender presents a new type of horror story. For starters, unlike most scary stories, Bad Girls Don’t Die is muted. There is not a lot of violence or guys with chainsaws trying to kill people. Alender’s novel is more suspenseful and realistic than actual horror.
Bad Girls Don’t Die is the first novel in a trilogy. The story is about a young teenager named Alexis who is a total outcast at school. To make matters worse her parents' marriage is drifting apart and her younger sister Kasey is starting to act strange. Weird things start to happen around Alexis’s house like ominous glowing lights appearing out of nowhere and her sister starts talking in a peculiar way and has a weird obsession with dolls.
Bad Girls Don’t Die is like many typical suspense stories in a way. For example, the story includes classic elements like a haunted house and creepy dolls. Yet, Alender takes a fresh spin on these elements and makes the novel relatable to teens today with her character choice and suspenseful plot lines.
The main character Alexis is relatable in many ways because her life is not perfect and she feels out of place at school. Furthermore, Alexis has to deal with her estranged dad, workaholic mother and the odd things happening to her sister. For a teenager in high school, Alexis has a ton of responsibility, which many teens today may be going through.
Alender also does a great job at creating a backstory for each of the main characters. What is interesting and unique about this novel is that some of the characters’ pasts intertwine in the most unlikely ways.
The plot of the story is suspenseful as well. Alender keeps readers on their toes as they turn each page with a mix of delight and sheer horror. There are so many twists and turns in this novel that readers will hold their breath with anticipation for what eerie event will happen next.