Title: Pretty Dead Girls
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Mystery
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.
I am a huge fan of Monica Murphy and I have read several of her books over the years. I was ecstatic when Entangled Teen reached out to me to read and review her new book, Pretty Dead Girls. It is chockfull of high school drama and mystery that had me guessing with every page turn.
The Story. This book is about a group of popular girls who are being murdered in the most horrific ways. The main heroine, Penelope, is the president of said group who call themselves the Larks. The Larks are in charge of hosting fundraisers and being leaders in their school, except someone is out for their blood. Within every high school group, there is drama to be had and girls are constantly switching alliances so you have no idea who is being real and who is being fake. We also get into the killers head for a few of the chapters, which gave me insight as to what their motive was. I felt the story was very well written and thought out. I felt the mystery wasn’t too obvious and I really was wondering who the killer was going to be all the way to the end. I had my suspicions of course, but I didn’t flat out guess. I loved that there was also a strong romance to level out the drama and keep my interest as well. Cass was one of my favorite characters in the book because he was so protective and safe and sweet with Penelope. He even gave her an adorable nickname.
Penelope. I really liked Penelope as a character because I felt she had some tremendous growth in this book. In the beginning, her only concern was doing everything she can to be queen bee and get into the best possible colleges. She was president of the Lark group and on the cheerleading squad. She was also very smart and trying to keep her grades up. However, everyone thought she was a cold snob from the outside in because that is what she wanted everyone to think. Throughout the book, circumstances made her realize she needed to pay better attention to how she was treating people and not assume things about others. Meeting Cass and getting to know him also helped with that because Cass wasn’t exactly a part of the popular crowd.
I highly recommend this book to those who love: pretty little liars, drama, high school romance, some more mature (but not extreme) YA content, good character growth, and edge of your seat mystery.
Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★