Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy has an expected publication date of January 2nd, 2018 by Entangled Teen Publishing and is a young adult novel. 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.
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 both a traditionally published author and 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. Newsletter Facebook Instagram
My thoughts: PRETTY DEAD GIRLS is a standalone novel that is a cross between Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars with a hint of an 80’s movie. This young adult novel is told from the dual perspectives of Penelope and brief glimpses through the mind of the killer (who is not revealed until the end). Set in a small but influential upper-class town named Cape Bonita which is nestled along the northern California coast.
The story starts off with the perfect who done it when a popular girl is found murdered. A member of the Larks which is an exclusive school club with five members being seniors and five members being juniors. Not everyone can be a Lark. They are the most respected, popular, and smartest girls is their class.
While reading PRETTY DEAD GIRLS you will second guess who is the murderer. Murphy has created a thrilling and page turning story that is a real game of cat and mouse. A story that is full of lies, secrets, and betrayal that leaves everyone in this small quiet town on its core. Who can you trust? Who is responsible for the deaths of these bright young women and why do they keep happening?
When a friendship between Penelope and Cass begins to develop everyone takes notice. Penelope is popular and a member of Lark the elite school group. While Cass is more of a loner who blends into the background. A true bad boy with a dark and secretive past. Can opposites attract or is one of them the killer? Together they try to explain the reason for their new-found friendships as being “detectives” trying to find the killer. Can they solve this mystery before the cops do or will one of them fall victim?
PRETTY DEAD GIRLS will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read page after page trying to find out who done it and why. A gripping murder mystery that will keep you up at night asking many questions leaving you still not knowing who the killer is. This remarkable read is full of characters that are developed with intriguing and secretive pasts. A plot that is captivating and imaginative that is well thought out and hold your attention until the very end. The setting is the perfect backdrop for the classic who done it but with a twist of a small upper-class town along the coast.
I enjoyed reading this thrilling murder mystery that I could not put down. I stayed up all night to finish reading just to find out how it would end. I admit I had a book hangover the next day! I highly recommend PRETTY DEAD GIRLS to anyone who loves a good young adult murder mystery novel with a twist. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**