Book Title: Pretty Dead Girls
Book Author: Monica Murphy
Page Count: 336
Publishing Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date Read: January 7th, 2018
Synopsis: 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.
Pretty Dead Girls is a riveting thriller! Like a cross between Scream and Pretty Little Liars, this one is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Be prepared for a fast paced ride back to high school where homework isn’t the only thing that will kill you.
What can I say about Pretty Dead Girls? I was entertained. I read it in one sitting. It was intriguing and gripping.
I had Scream playing in my head the whole time I read this one. It had suspense, betrayal, and murder. Where it lacked in character development, it made up for in humor and thrills. It was certainly worth a read.
When I say it lacked in character development, that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I wanted to be pulled in to a creepy murder mystery without getting attached to the characters. These were shallow, annoying, high school girls. It was like watching a bad horror movie. It was more humorous than chilling, but too entertaining to quit.
The story was pretty well written. I could not figure out who the killer was until they were revealed. The points of view were well developed with differing writing styles too. The killer’s point of view was angry and intense in comparison to Penelope’s softer voice.
The characters felt like a mix between Scream Queens, Before I Fall and Cheryl from Riverdale. They were mean, superficial high school drama queens. They were the “over achievers” of the school, but were also the party girls. Though they were not my favorite ya girls, they were certainly too amusing to stop reading about.
I was looking for a good murder mystery, and despite the rushed ending, I definitely found it. It had a nice mix of humor, intrigue, romance, and killing. It was wickedly alluring. 3.5 stars (or 4 faeries because I’m not the killer!).
Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour.
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.
• Signed copy of Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
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