Review & Giveaway! Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Pretty Dead Girls
by Monica Murphy
Publication: January 2nd 2018
by Entangled Teen
Category: YA
Genre: Mystery, Suspense

My Rating:

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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.

~My Thoughts~

Pretty Dead Girls is the first book I’ve read by Monica Murphy. It won’t be the last. I was a little nervous when I first cracked it open. The story seemed a bit juvenile for my taste and I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy it. Not to fear. The tone quickly changed and I was pulled head first into the story. The book reminded me a lot of Pretty Little Liars, so if you are a fan of that story, you’ll enjoy this one as well.

This is a fast-paced murder mystery (which I’ve really gotten into lately) that will keep any fan of the genre hooked until the end. The story is told from two different points of view – our main character, Penelope, and the killer.

Penelope is the leader of The Larks, a group comprised of the popular girls at school. Unfortunately they are a group of dying popular girls. The Larks are being targeted and Penelope needs to figure out who is responsible for these deaths before she joins the ranks of the dead.

I loved the tension, the twists, and the turns in this book. I’m embarrassed to admit that my long nail streak has come to an end because of it. Eh, they’ll grow back. I was impressed that it was difficult to guess who the killer is, but the one thing I didn’t love was how quickly it was revealed. I would have liked the tension to last until the very end. Regardless, I will certainly recommend Pretty Dead Girls to all fans of mystery and suspense!

~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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