The obsession with the Twisted Sisters continues. In this post I am giving a Dead Men Walking Duet Review. Once again Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti have consumed my every waking thought with their psychotic fictional characters who consume every waking moment of my life.
As usual I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum however there may still be a few small spoilers in this review.
“Pretty is what you call girls who are sweet and bland and boring. You’re not pretty. You’re the only thing in the room no matter how full it is. You’re the kind of woman men go to war for. Even beautiful doesn’t cut it for you. You’re breathtaking in the most extraordinary way.”Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, The Death Club
The Dead Men Walking duet is a dark romance reverse harem with sexually explicit scenes, violence, and a lot of triggers. This book is filled with homicidal maniacs with psychotic tendencies. If you like your characters to have red flags, this is a great duet to read.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Animal Abuse (Not done by main characters)
- Attempted Murder
- Attempted Rape
- Car Accident
- Child Abuse (past)
- Gun Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Sexual Assault
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
Dead Men Walking Duet Reading Order
First off, the Dead Men Walking Duet takes place in the United States of Anarchy universe. This is the same universe that Kings of Quarantine and The Harlequin Crew Series takes place in. I personally read this duet first. I’m currently reading Kings of Quarantine and I’ll be reading the Harlequin Crew next.
The two books in this series are:
That being said, most people read Kings of Quarantine first before reading the rest of the books in this universe. I didn’t think I was going to read Kings of Quarantine because it is a bully romance based in a prep school, which meant I wasn’t interested. After reading this duet I knew I needed to read the rest of the books in the universe.
Dead Men Walking Duet Review
Brooklyn is a homeless girl with psychotic tendencies who’s been through a lot and has now been plucked off the street by a ruthless gang and put right into human trafficking. Niall is a homicidal maniac for the Irish Mafia. Mateo is the caged prisoner of Niall who doesn’t speak. Jack is a huge psychotic man who only speak one syllable words. Together… They will hunt down the ring that tried to sell Brooklyn and take care of all of their enemies.
These characters will not leave my mind, there is not a sane character in either of these books and I am here for it. Did this duet make me question my own sanity? Yes it did. Evidently I like books with homicidal maniacs and that makes me question my own sanity.
The world building, the character development, the story, all of it is really amazing. The Twisted Sisters consistently deliver amazing stories and worlds that you can sink into. Not to mention I have loved every reverse harem that they have written.
Dead Men Walking Duet Reading Experience
The Death Club is 606 pages and Society of Psychos is 547 pages. I read these over a weekend and in that weekend I laughed, cried, and fell in love with every single red flag that popped up. I guess there is something about fictional homicidal maniacs when they are a homicidal maniac for the main character?
Additionally, if you are a Zodiac Academy reader and you have not yet read Dead Men Walking, you will want to. There are so many references to the Zodiac Academy world and even a possible hint at what we will be seeing in Zodiac Academy 8.
I never laugh so hard at books as I do with the Twisted Sisters. Their humor is right up my alley and I think part of the reason why I love their books is because they can destroy me, give me hope, and make me laugh. The Dead Men Walking Duet does all of this as well.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
The Dead Men Walking duet gets 5 stars, 5 peppers, and a few tissues. I loved this story. Diving into the minds of completely psychotic people and seeing how that’s affected them is beautiful. I love that these characters are so completely not normal and it is an absolutely stunning thing to see. I love how they aren’t afraid to be who they are, even if their traumas changed them, they are still fucking perfect the way they are.
Final Thoughts on the Dead Men Walking Duet
I adore these characters, I loved the story, I will likely reread this duet many times because it’s just perfect. This duet solidified Caroline and Susanne as favorite authors of mine. I love how they can write characters that should be villains in a way that makes them the heroes.
Brooklyn, Niall, Mateo, and AJ will forever be some of my absolute favorite characters and I’ll gladly read their story over and over again.
If you liked this duet check out my Forget Me Not Bombshell book review.