Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Pretty Dead Girls hosted by Chapter by Chapter. I will have my review of this book along with a giveaway.
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.
Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
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Pretty Dead Girls is told mostly by one person, Penelope, but there are some small chapters in the killer’s voice. I really enjoyed those little glimpses into the killer’s mind. It helped me eliminate certain people in the book. I’ll be honest and say that I thought I had the killer figured out within 20 minutes of reading. But that person ended up dead later in the book. I was very wrong. After that, I had a pretty good idea, but wasn’t 100% sure I had the right one until close to the end.
There really weren’t a lot of characters to really like in this book. The girls are all kind of mean, selfish, and conceided. They are the smartest, prettiest girls in school. The group they belong to, The Larks, has 10 girls. There are 5 seniors and 5 juniors. In the beginning of the book, a senior lark is murdered. Penelope really only confides in her best friend Dani. She is friends with the other girls, but they are more like frenemies. She does meet a dark, quiet boy, Cass. He lives with his grandma because his mom killed his dad when he was 10. Penelope is attracted to him even though she often times worries about him being the killer. Especially when she finds out that he was close to some of the girls. Their relationship wasn’t very healthy. He becomes very overprotective to the point that he seems controlling at times. I loved his grandma though.
Most of the book is Penelope and Cass trying to figure out who the murderer is while he/she keeps killing. My favorite chapters were from the killer’s point of view. I actually felt a bit bad for this person.
“People at school will put me on a pedestal for killing off the mean girls. My hard work deserves a reward. I’m like the female Dexter, I swear.”
I enjoyed the mystery in this book, but I think it will end up with a lot of mixed reviews like One Of Us Is Lying. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I liked it a lot. I think that fans of Sara Shepard will enjoy this one. I gave this book 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 on goodreads. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you enjoy young adult murder mysteries.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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