Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Published by Entangled Teen on January 2, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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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.
I’m going to be honest about two things up front. First, it’s been a very long time since I’ve read anything by Monica Murphy. Second, I’m pretty picky about young adult. Especially if they are still in high school. So I’m extremely happy to say that I devoured Pretty Dead Girls and it only solidified my decision to kick myself for having such a time lapse in reading Murphy’s work.
Pretty Dead Girls is Mean Girls in a horror movie. I know the inspiration for this story came from Scream Queens but I hadn’t seen that show before I read this book. But you better believe I started watching it on Hulu right after I read the acknowledgement!
Pretty Dad Girls is told in two POVs. One is the main girl and is the majority of the book. The other is a few chapters sprinkled in from the killer, which I thought really kept the plot interesting. It helped to keep your mind reeling and trying to guess who it is. Girl after girl is being picked off and there is certainly a theme to it.
There is a small romance part in this book but from the moment we get introduced to the Cass, I wanted to know more about him. In true fashion, I suspected him just like I did everyone else. Murphy did a great job leading us to believe one thing, only to shatter it and make us search again.
I could’t put this book this book down. It intrigued me from start to finish and it had me playing Guess Who the entire time. If you are looking for a young adult suspenseful thriller with some seriously mean girls and a plot to keep you guessing, then you can’t miss this book.