Pretty Dead Girls
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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.
Addicted from the start
Pretty Dead Girls is a YA murder mystery with a twist. I don’t read many YA’s but I do love a good mystery and teen angst so I just had to get my hands on it. It felt that it was a cross between Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars. And as a fan of both...I was hooked!! Why don’t I read more YA!? I really need to since I enjoy the shows. Ok back to these pretty dead girls...
Larks. The most popular Juniors and Seniors in the classes. They have the beauty. The grades. The popularity. The connections. There are only 10 of them in all. They help the community along with adding to their resumes. And their president is Penelope Malone. She is the center of it. That is what the detectives suspect when not only one but two Lark member turn up dead. Her friends. Her nemesis. That is how high school works. It’s all about appearances.
Penelope doesn’t know what is happening in her small exclusive community. She suddenly couldn’t trust anyone not even her best friend. She knew her peers were rumor obsessed but now it’s a whole new level. She starts watching her friends closely. Especially after someone tells her to not trust anyone. That they are all suspects.
I can’t get into the rest of the plot much after that. I will say that I enjoyed the mystery of it all. The connections that develop. The darkness within the community. It makes it more real. The people more real. I liked watching Penelope come into her own. Stronger. Braver. Warmer.
Overall...I was addicted from beginning to end. I didn’t think it was predictable. The writing is magnificent. The story is both gruesome and beautiful in its own way.
“You’re right. Murder has a way of making people behave strangely.”
I send her a look. “You watch too many episodes of CSI.”
Courtney offers up Brogan like he’s a rich, decadent dessert and Dani’s on a strict no-sugar diet.
“Sometimes I wonder if that guy had a lobotomy.”
This was a fantastic read! It's a nice blend of Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls with lots of thrills to keep you on the edge and turning page after page. The story has a nice pace and the writing is excellent. Not always the most likable characters but perfect for the story.
When a young girl turns up murdered in their small town of Cape Bonita, rumors begin to fly almost immediately. Since the girl was one of The Lark's (a group of the most popular girls in school) of course everyone looks at them first. With all the secrets and lies swirling around The Larks don't know what to think or who to believe.
This one will definitely keep you guessing right up till the end. I highly recommend you read it.
Basically Mean Girls with a murder mystery twist! Loved it!!
I love all of Monica’s books so I couldn’t pass up reading an early copy!! This isn’t her typical book that she normally writes but it was just as good!
It’s basically Mean Girls with a murder mystery twist. I couldn’t put it down! I could wait to finally find out who the killer was and what their motives were behind the killings! I changed my mind several times but in the end I was right on who I thought the killer was even though I had no idea what their motive was other than jealousy.
I ended up liking the main character, Penelope, more and more as the story went on. After going through such an ordeal I felt it changed her for the good. She became less shallow and realized there was so much more than being the queen of high school. Now Courtney on the other hand is very easy to hate!! She’s totally crazy!! I liked Cass too even though I had reservations about him at first.
I also like getting a glimpse every few chapters into the mind of the killer. And Monica doesn’t leave out the romance! There’s a little touch of that too!! So I definitely recommend checking this one out!! I wasn’t disappointed! Great job Monica!!
I received an early copy via NetGalley and voluntarily left my honest review.
- Level: Ninth Grade
- Category: Fiction
- Published: Jan 02, 2018
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English