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Good Reads Challenge Book Review: Dead Eleven

It’s the weekend!


“Places hold memories—and some places keep horrible secrets.”– Dead Eleven by Jimmy Juliano

What’s up, friends — it’s Saturday I hope you’re having an easy, breezy day. Take care in the head and make sure you’re staying hydrated, checking in with friends and family, and giving yourself some grace.

It’s another Saturday post and today, I’m reviewing Dead Eleven by Jimmy Juliano.

The Review

Title | Dead Eleven
Author | Jimmy Juliano
Format | Audiobook
Pages | 448
Published  | June, 2023
Genre | Mystery-Thriller, Horror
GR Rating | 3.82
Purchase | Amazon


On a creepy island where everyone has a strange obsession with the year 1994, a newcomer arrives, hoping to learn the truth about her son’s death–but finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into the bizarrely insular community and their complicated rules.

My Rating (5.00)

What a weird, interesting, strange novel. I loved it all. A town stuck in 1994, a murder, and a weird connection between the murder and a small island. This was a great book to tuck into.

Willow Stone grieves the loss of her 11-year-old sun, and life stops for her. She keeps his room stuck in the time from the day he died. She hears movement in the night and believes it’s her son trying to connect with her, but when she finds the words Clifford Island in her son’s room, Willow decides to find Clifford in an effort to connect with her dead son.

from Dead Eleven
“As if old and alone meant you had to be friends with your neighbor.”

Enter Clifford Island, a strange place where people do the same thing every day with no variation, and everything is stuck in 1994. This town has no modern technology, no cell phone, and the style of dress is also stuck in 1994. Residents watch the O.J. car chase every day as if it’s still happening, and everything seemed odd, especially Pastor Rita, who is the patriarch of the Island.

from Dead Eleven
“So…it’s not just some really demented coping mechanism. I guess I just thought that people couldn’t mentally move on.”

Willow would begin to get closer to the residents in an effort to understand what connection the Island has with her son, but maybe she got too close. When Willow disappears without a trace, her brother Harper decides to investigate what happened to his sister and pay a visit to Clifford Island.

Harper doesn’t have a plan or anywhere to stay and wonders why Clifford has no hotels. He finds everything and everyone on the Island to be off. All the old cars, a guy carrying around a boombox, no modern music, and an eagerness to reassure him that everything is fine.

Everything would not be fine as Harper (with the help of an unlikely source) would find the clues and begin to unravel something sinister in Clifford.

My Good Reads Progress

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