The Dead Girl

The Dead Girl Review

Berkeley student Roberta Lee went running with her lover Bradley Page in 1984. Page came back alone and Roberta's battered body was found five weeks later. Within hours, Page confessed to Roberta's murder--and then recanted. Written by Roberta's closest friend, this haunting, multi-layered work is a superb collage of memory, loss, and redemption. Illustrated throughout. Movie rights have been optioned by Warner. HC: Pocket.

Title:The Dead Girl
Edition Language:English

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  • SAM

    I can think of only four books I have read more than once, The Dead Girl by Melanie Thernstrom is one of them. Ironically my first time with this book was during a stint of jury duty. I had taken it a...

  • Erika Anderson

    While this began with a promising introduction discerning the difference between the stories made up about people who have died and the people themselves, it unraveled into pages upon pages of the aut...

  • Kris

    3.5 stars, rounded up....

  • Cyndy Aleo

    Melanie Thernstrom's The Dead Girl is the debut book every writer dreams of ... only it's not. Thernstrom's best friend was murdered while they were students at Harvard. Based on Thernstrom's senior t...

  • Melanie Lloyd

    I really wanted to like this book which is probably why I suffered through three quarters of it. Don't make that mistake. This book isn't very good. It's repetitive, whiny, and exhausting to read....

  • Isabeau Kelm

    Melanie Thernstrom is undoubtedly a gifted writer, but this book is not about her brutally murdered best friend Bibi or Roberta, an intelligent, beautiful Berkeley student. Thernstrom appears to be a ...

  • Christy

    Picked this up from a pile of free books at the hospital & was hoping to read about Bibi. But it was all Mels, Mels, Mels. Turns out even Bibi's letters were written by the author. The photos earned i...

  • Fishface

    A stunning, beautifully-written memoir about the murder of the author's best childhood friend. She struggles not only with Bobbi's loss, but the unanswered questions about her life and death, not to m...

  • Jack Wolfe

    "In Cold Blood" has over 400,000 ratings on Goodreads; "The Executioner's Song" has 16,000; "The Dead Girl" doesn't have 200. Why no love for "The Dead Girl," Goodreads True-Crimers? This is a book th...

  • Eileen Granfors

    The opening caught me! I read a lot of true crime, but Thernstrom is up to a lot more than most true crime writers tend to use. Delicious so far.I loved this book. It is a sad story of murder and the ...