Title: Pretty Dead Girls
Author: Monica Murphy
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Rating: 3.75 Stars
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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.
Okay, wow. When I first started reading this book, I had no idea the rollercoaster of a ride Monica Murphy was about to take me on. I’m pretty certain I felt every emotion possible while reading this book. Pretty Dead Girls is fresh, thrilling, witty, suspenseful and even filled with swoony moments. You’re never quite sure what is going to be on the next page, but you can’t wait to find out.
Disclaimer: There are a lot of twist and turns in this book, and also a lot of things that play into the plot. Therefore, to give you the best experience when you read it, I’m not going to go into too much detail.
The heroine in this book is Penelope. She has a pretty normal life, spending most of her time cheerleading and being involved in the Larks, a small, semi exclusive club at her school. Then, her life completely changes when one by one, members of the club start to be killed off. Dealing with the mourning of her friends, the fear of being a target, and the stress from police, Pen finds an unlikely friendship forming with a boy in her school named Cass.
Cass is the bad boy/loner type, who has a history of getting in trouble. He also seems to be linked to all the girls that are being killed. And while Pen is kind of hesitate of him at first, the two do become close, and there is major attraction/chemistry between the two of them. But there are things they don’t know about each other, that could change everything.
I have to say, Monica Murphy’s writing is AMAZING in this book. The story had me completed addicted, I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I was up late reading it and at times it had me a little scared, complete with my heart racing.
The story is written from Pen’s POV, while also being from the POV of the killer every so often. It was interesting getting an inside look at their thoughts.
My only real complaint with this story is the romance aspect of it, which is why it’s not quite a 4 star. At times Penelope and Cass were too adorable for words, then at times I didn’t like the two of them together. I get they are teens and have all the angst, but it was a tad frustrating. They are a true tale of opposites attracting which I love, and they have plenty of banter between them as well.
So, if you are looking for a fresh, witty spin on “whodunit”, make sure you get this baby! I am planning a re-read of this one!
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