15. Die for Me – Carol Gorman
My copy of this book is signed to Carol Gorman’s good friend Marilyn. The book is also dedicated to someone named Marilyn. I can’t remember where I got my copy. I’m pretty sure I picked it up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Carol Gorman lived when she wrote it and possibly still does live, but I can’t recall exactly where. That bothers me because I’d like to know how I ended up with the copy of the book that’s signed specifically to the person it’s dedicated to. I have a lot of YA books with their owner’s names in them, and some books I’ve picked up have been signed and weren’t labeled that way, but this is a little more personal and to me, it has the potential to be related to a sad situation like a falling out, a death, or an unfeeling book purge. Hmm. Mysteries.
Carol Gorman is able to do a lot more with a few words than most of the YA thriller writers I’ve read. This book clocks in at 138 pages (damn that’s short) and she’s got subtle clues, characters that feel real enough that I could remember their names throughout the story (Sometimes thrillers just need somebody to be there, you know? Like the murder victim who is quickly lost in the shuffle.), a very realistic motivation for murder, and supernatural tomfoolery. Once an Ouija board is involved, tomfoolery is sure to follow. Or possession. Die for Me hints a bit at supernatural possibilities, but doesn’t engage and it works nicely because teenagers are gullible and paranoid. Also, there is a lot of driving around and threatening notes composed on a typewriter. Awesome! You have to really know what you want to say to use a typewriter and not end up with whiteout everywhere.
1. First and Last and Always – Sisters of Mercy
2. Heart Attack Kid – Bass Drum of Death
3. Show Me What Your Lights Mean – Electric Six
4. So Many Ways – Morphine
5. Love Me Forever – The Black Angels
6. I Want Your Love – Chromatics
7. Is Vic There – Department S
8. I Hear Satan – Dax Riggs
9. Everything’s Ruined – Faith No More
10. Dirty Eyes (Sex Don’t Sell) – The Raveonettes
11. Down Boy – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12. Spike Island – The Icarus Line
13. Unnatural Beauty – Electric Six
14. Bad Blood – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
15. Cutt Off – Kasabian
16. Dead Souls – Joy Division
If Duncan was contacted by teenagers via Ouija board, I’m sure she’d mess with them substantially. Or just have them spell out “wheek” over and over. That would be confusing.