Pretty Dead Girls

Pretty Dead Girls

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. T...

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Title:Pretty Dead Girls
Author:Monica Murphy
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Pretty Dead Girls Reviews

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦

    January 2, 2018

    Young Adult Murder Mystery (Thriller. Suspense)

    When I first started reading this book I immediately thought it was going to be a replication of a movie from the early 90's called

    . I thought this because the opening scene is a popular high school girl being murdered in a church parking lot by an unknown person who just wanted to be her friend (which is exactly like that movie). Additionally, one of the groups in this book- the Larks

    January 2, 2018

    Young Adult Murder Mystery (Thriller. Suspense)

    When I first started reading this book I immediately thought it was going to be a replication of a movie from the early 90's called

    . I thought this because the opening scene is a popular high school girl being murdered in a church parking lot by an unknown person who just wanted to be her friend (which is exactly like that movie). Additionally, one of the groups in this book- the Larks- is the exact same group (with the same name) in the movie. So i'll admit, I got a little nervous. However, I kept reading because I have really enjoyed Monica Murphy's books in the past and I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. THANKFULLY, my preconceived notions were quickly demolished. Monica Murphy writes the PERFECT book for those who like

    . It's a little

    mixed with

    (one of my FAVORITE shows), and has enough mystery and suspense to keep any reader hanging by the edge of their seats. If you enjoy young adult horror, thrillers, and mysteries you don't want to miss this one. I read it (devoured it actually) in 2 sittings (only because I had to sleep).

    Penelope, the main character of the story, is the president of the Larks. She was put in this position by her predecessors and enjoys all that comes with it (the minions, the popularity, etc.) But when one her her friends and fellow member of the group gets violently murdered her life begins to change.

    Cass is the bad boy of the school with a sketchy past. He keeps to himself, doesn't get in the way of others, and tries to live as low key as possible. Does this make him a little weird? Sure. Especially considering this is High School and his peers aren't the most open minded. But when a murder occurs and shocks his little community, he can't help but become more involved. And with the help of the uber popular, Penelope, they may be able to figure out the killer before someone else dies...

    ***

    What we have here my friends is your classic teenage slasher book that is filled with characters you can't trust, and a killer that you won't figure out until the very end. Monica does a great job at racking up the tension and making it so that you can't trust anyone. I really enjoyed the novel, the action packed and chilling plot, and the characters who quickly become a part of your life. If you're looking for a book with all this, then try PRETTY DEAD GIRLS.

    ➜ My inability to figure out the killer: I had my suspicions and I was pretty close to figuring out "who-dun-it", but I was really never able to figure out the exact person.

    ➜ The added romance: Cass and Penelope are as different as they come. She is the popular high school cheerleader with an elite position in the Lark and he is the quiet, shy, and withdrawn loner with a sketchy past. But their romance? So cute! Sure, they had your typical high school romance vibes, but it totally worked for the story.

    ➜ The classic slasher feels: I love me some slasher flicks so knowing I can read books with this type of theme in it really gets me excited. This book quenched that thirst.

    ➜ The ending was too quick: I have noticed this in MANY murder mystery books- the ending is not drawn out enough. On one page we are doing average things without the tension (in this case, attending a vigil for the dead girls) and then BAM, the killer is unmasked. Had their been a bit more buildup before the unveiling I would have liked it more.

    ➜ The beginning: As I mentioned above, I got really nervous that this book would be an exact replica of a movie I watched and loved in the past. So much in fact that I ALMOST put the book down. I'm glad I didn't though.

    4.5 stars

    YES!!!

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  • Carrie

    As a senior at her high school in the seaside town of Cape Bonita Penelope Malone has worked her way up to becoming the leader of the Larks, an exclusive school club that only accepts five senior and five junior girls each year. The Larks consist of the popular girls at the school, the cheerleaders and team captains, and focus upon volunteering and giving back to their community which looks great on college applications.

    One morning after school begins there's an emergency meeting where it's ann

    As a senior at her high school in the seaside town of Cape Bonita Penelope Malone has worked her way up to becoming the leader of the Larks, an exclusive school club that only accepts five senior and five junior girls each year. The Larks consist of the popular girls at the school, the cheerleaders and team captains, and focus upon volunteering and giving back to their community which looks great on college applications.

    One morning after school begins there's an emergency meeting where it's announced that one of the Larks own has been found murdered. Students are questioned and rumors begin to fly. Penelope and the other Larks don't know how to feel, is it merely coincidence or are the Larks being specifically targeted?

    Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy is a young adult thriller read. This is one that while the characters are generally unlikable the writing and ease of flow of the story made it still an enjoyable read. Most of the story is told from Penelope's point of view but there are random chapters from the voice of the killer to build the clues as to who is behind the murders.

    I think the biggest downside to this book will come in the fact that it's really nothing new to make it jump out on it's own. The killer seemed a little on the obvious side to me but even if not guessing early I'm sure by the reveal most will be able to think of something this book will remind them of. I still found that while one could call it predictable it was interesting enough to keep my attention and an likable enough read overall so in the end I'd rate this one at 3.5 stars.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

     

     

    This book was highly entertaining. Part

    , part

    , part

    , I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it from cover to cover. I had to go back to check if I had read anything from this author before but I have not. An oversight I will be correcting soon.

     

    I found this one to be well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. The murder mystery kept me guessing right until the end. Although because the gender of the killer

     

     

    This book was highly entertaining. Part

    , part

    , part

    , I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it from cover to cover. I had to go back to check if I had read anything from this author before but I have not. An oversight I will be correcting soon.

     

    I found this one to be well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. The murder mystery kept me guessing right until the end. Although because the gender of the killer is given away early in the book, I was sure I had it figured out, alas imagine my surprise when I had it wrong. I am usually fantastic at Sherlocking the baddie(s) out in these type of books so extra brownie points go to the author for catching me off guard. There is a romance that takes place through the entire book, but since all the main characters are high school age, it's pretty much kept PG. There is a lot of characters in this one and none of them are particularly likable. But that was the entire point. Some remained unlikable while others matured and grew. Last, and this is where the book lost a star for me, the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked to have seen it drawn out more. All in all, this one was a very enjoyable read for yours truly and therefore it is getting two thumbs up.

  • Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    I haven’t read a Monica Murphy book in such a long time and I can’t even explain as to why that is, but all I do know is that I will have to go back and read other stories that I have missed throughout the years, especially if she has written captivating novels as good as

    This was such a great read for me and I literally couldn’t put down. I love a great murder mystery, where you keep guessing “who d

    I haven’t read a Monica Murphy book in such a long time and I can’t even explain as to why that is, but all I do know is that I will have to go back and read other stories that I have missed throughout the years, especially if she has written captivating novels as good as

    This was such a great read for me and I literally couldn’t put down. I love a great murder mystery, where you keep guessing “who did it,” and one of the things I loved most about this intriguing and emotional read was the brief insights we got into the killers psyche, with the killers POV thrown into the mix it kept my interests peaked.

    centres around Penelope, who is the president of the Larks and her gang of elite self-entitled followers. The Larks own the school and have been formed as a way to give something back to the community in the way of fundraising and volunteering. When tragedy strikes and one of the members of the Larks is found dead at a nearby church, it is the beginning of a lot more tragedy to come for these pretty Lark girls and this quiet, seaside town, Cape Bonita.

    Soon many secrets, lies and betrayals come to the surface and they all start to question who can they really trust, and whether they’re next on the killers list. The backstabbing lies and betrayal between these so called friends really captivated me and to be honest I loved all the drama it caused. Although a lot of the characters were extremely unlikeable, that was indeed the whole point. As a reader I was meant to not like them; I mean who needs enemies when you have friends like these.

    Penelope starts to notice the quiet, strange, outcast “bad boy” Cass and she can’t help but ponder why she has never noticed him before. Soon a friendship starts blossoming between the two and as they grow closer, they decide to go on the hunt for the killer of the pretty, popular Lark girls. They feel the police aren’t doing a good enough job so they will take it upon themselves to solve this mystery.

    is a fast-paced YA murder mystery that kept me guessing throughout and really intrigued me until the very end. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars mixed with Mean Girls, then you will be sure to love this one. I love delving into a really good YA book every now and then and this one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t recommend it enough.

  •   KAT ⚛ Kitty Kat's Crazy About Books ⚛

    Is a Young Adult standalone novel by Monica Murphy, spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ ( Penelope & brief glimpses of what goes through a killers mind)

    Pretty dead girls is set in a quaint small influential town called ‘Cape Bonita,’ along the northern California coast.

    This is a perfect case of ‘who did it?’ ‘Pretty Dead Girls’ kick starts off with one of the popular girls being found murdered who was one of the Larks, an exclusive school club that only accepts five senior

    Is a Young Adult standalone novel by Monica Murphy, spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ ( Penelope & brief glimpses of what goes through a killers mind)

    Pretty dead girls is set in a quaint small influential town called ‘Cape Bonita,’ along the northern California coast.

    This is a perfect case of ‘who did it?’ ‘Pretty Dead Girls’ kick starts off with one of the popular girls being found murdered who was one of the Larks, an exclusive school club that only accepts five seniors and five junior girls each year. They are the most respected, the smartest and the most popular girls in high school.

    All through out it’s a game of cat and mouse, a guessing game, speculation of who it could be, lies and secrets are revealed, a quiet town rocked to it’s core when more than one girl is brutally murdered, a serial killer is on the loose targeting the popular Lark girls.

    Who can you trust?

    Slowly a friendship blossoms between Penelope and Cass, a boy who she’s not really noticed until now, the quiet bad boy with a dark past, they say opposites attract and clearly this is the case when these two start getting closer.

    They feel like the detectives aren’t doing their jobs properly so take it on themselves to gather as much information as they can about who they think it is.

    This kept me guessing throughout, my mind would flip flop like our two main characters trying to guess who the slasher is amongst them. Is it a stranger like the media are painting it out to be or is something more sinister going on?

  • Sophie

    An ARC has been kindly given by Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion

    4 stars

    A bad deed will always come bite you back or when revenge is savage.

    An ARC has been kindly given by Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion

    4 stars

    A bad deed will always come bite you back or when revenge is savage.

    Penelope is the Larks president and believe me when I tell you it was like managing a pack of hyena just more beautiful.

    I struggled with the story in the beginning. Condescending Queen Bees plural don't make for easy heroines to like. Maybe sweet Mandy was the kindest and most redeemable of the bunch.

    Insufferable. Penelope was somewhat less snob but it was not your usual perfect and relatable heroine that you love to like!

    When a killer strikes the Larks one by one Penelope is frightened. She may be the next. The murders unearth some ugly secrets. The girls were popular and part of a community but they were far from good friends! It was like Gossip Girls and all the mean girls trying to overpower the others. A real competition!

    Enter Cass. Cass is the loner student. Mysterious and possessing a bad rep. He has baggage. Penelope never noticed him before but since Gretchen’s murder she crosses his path all the time. Is it random? Does he have ulterior motive? Unnerving he seems to know a lot more about the dead girls than what could be expected of an outcast. His mother was unhinged so maybe Cass should not be trusted?

    I never guessed the murderer's identity. Monica Murphy leaves some clues just to send us on a goose chase and a dead end.

    I told you that Penelope was not easy to like but I loved Penelope's character development. From entitled rich girl she became more compassionate and humble. The murders, the secrets made her realize that being at the top by crushing others was not admirable. Friendship and support was what mattered.

    Cass hotness and aloofness helped make this story even more attractive. Especially when you learn his secrets. Put a handsome guy hiding a troubled past and I will follow his every move with the utmost attention!

    The girls, Cass feel real. They made and still make mistakes but it shapes their personality. They change. This is real life: no black or white characters but rather various shades of grey.

    The murderer is impossible to guess based on the clues. The tension is ever present and it keeps us reading because of course we want to know who is next and who did it. This is all good but when the killer's identity was revealed it was like producing a white rabbit out of a hat. Totally unexpected.

    I want to thank Entangled Publishing for its trust as I had a great time reading this mystery. Recommend it? Yes especially if you are a fan of Monica Murphy and if you don’t know her yet this would be a perfect first read.

  • Debra

    3.5 stars

    Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

    ***They forgot to add MEAN...Beautiful. Perfect. Mean. Dead

    "A secret is not a secret if you tell someone..."

    In the seaside town of Cape Bonita, popular "mean" girls are being murdered. They were members of the "Larks", an exclusive club of seniors and juniors who are cheerleaders, team captains, man stealers, rude chicks, etc... you get the picture. They are the pretty, popular mean girls who rule the school. But then one day one of them if found dead. Their li

    3.5 stars

    Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

    ***They forgot to add MEAN...Beautiful. Perfect. Mean. Dead

    "A secret is not a secret if you tell someone..."

    In the seaside town of Cape Bonita, popular "mean" girls are being murdered. They were members of the "Larks", an exclusive club of seniors and juniors who are cheerleaders, team captains, man stealers, rude chicks, etc... you get the picture. They are the pretty, popular mean girls who rule the school. But then one day one of them if found dead. Their little universe gets turned upside down. Soon there is another dead Lark and every girl in town in town is worried and fearful that she may be next.

    Penelope, a Lark member, is trying to stay alive while trying to figure out who the killer may be and more importantly, could she be the next victim? After all the murdered girls were her "friends' and fellow Lark members. There is only one other person in town who has a connection to all the dead girls and that is Cass. The strange teen who lives with his grandmother. He has an interesting and sad past and until recently, Penny really didn't notice him. But now she does, and she begins to wonder, why now is he on her radar?

    This is a very past faced YA thriller which does not disappoint. I devoured it in one sitting. It's fun, entertaining, and hard to put down. This book is like a guilty pleasure. It's fun, it's light and it isn't much work. It's perfect for that day when you want to read something fun that doesn’t take much brain power. I'm not putting this book - it's perfect for what it is. It's a fun thriller. Perfect for teens and adults who want a quick entertaining book.

    I also liked the writing and the characters. They were not the nicest of people but they were drawn very well and although predictable, they did not disappoint.

    Thank you to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley who provide me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Chloe ♥ (Blushing Bibliophile)

    Well, well, well. I enjoyed reading this, but I'm not sure what to say about it, so this is going to be a short review!

    I don't really like the cover. The "S" in "GIRLS" looks so weird. I think there's some meaning behind the word's special position on the cover but I'm not sure what it is. The colors are so pretty though!

    I almost NEVER read thrillers - I get scared easily hahaha

    Well, well, well. I enjoyed reading this, but I'm not sure what to say about it, so this is going to be a short review!

    I don't really like the cover. The "S" in "GIRLS" looks so weird. I think there's some meaning behind the word's special position on the cover but I'm not sure what it is. The colors are so pretty though!

    I almost NEVER read thrillers - I get scared easily hahahaha. I've read another Monica Murphy book before, and it's a sweet, fluffy contemporary. I wasn't sure what this book was about before reading it, but I love Murphy's writing and I knew I would love Pretty Dead Girls.

    THIS WAS PRETTY DARK. I kind of got scared when reading the first few chapters? For some reason I thought that the culprit was a boy who is obsessed with the girls, but I WAS SO WRONG HAHAHA. At some point I even blamed the murders on Cass...

    CASS IS A SUPER DREAMY GUY OMG. Another character to add to my ever-growing book boyfriend list 😍 He is such a nice person and treats Penelope like a gentleman.

    The Larks (the popular girls in Penelope's school) are so annoying. Among all of the girls, I only liked Penelope and Dani. They are described as the girls with the best grades, but that is so hard to believe because they act so stupid! + There's a lot of hate among them and they fight over boys all the time.

    The end is also kind of rushed. We were given no clues, so it's hard for us to try to solve the crime by ourselves. The story would have been better if the author left more hints and elaborated more.

    Overall rating

    ★★★★

  • Candace Robinson

    One word - predictable...

    This may be a me thing because I try to avoid reading thrillers as much as possible because I get let down. I started reading them way back in elementary school. When junior high came along, I was all about Joan Lowery Nixon (her mystery stuff) and Lois Duncan books, freaking I Know What You Did Last Summer was my jam! But Monica Murphy tends to write well, so I wanted to test the waters out here. Her writing was good here, but I just felt the characters were bland, and

    One word - predictable...

    This may be a me thing because I try to avoid reading thrillers as much as possible because I get let down. I started reading them way back in elementary school. When junior high came along, I was all about Joan Lowery Nixon (her mystery stuff) and Lois Duncan books, freaking I Know What You Did Last Summer was my jam! But Monica Murphy tends to write well, so I wanted to test the waters out here. Her writing was good here, but I just felt the characters were bland, and the story was nothing new. I was hoping for more of a fun scream vibe or like Jennifer Armentrout’s The Dead List. I will say that Monica is one of the best at writing swoony, steamy scenes and there were some great ones here.

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