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Pretty Dead Girls

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,125 ratings  ·  363 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Entangled: Teen
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Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it


descriptionThis book was highly entertaining. Part PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, part MEAN GIRLS, part SCREAM QUEENS, 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
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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PRETTY DEAD GIRLS: 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 s
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?”
-Edgar Allan Poe.

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 Pretty Dead Girls. This was such a great read for me and I literally couldn’t put down. I love a great murder mystery, where you keep guessin
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
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: 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 Death of a Cheerleader . 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
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

Welcome in the world of high school snotty girls. The Larks are already raising funds and investing their times in charities but backstabbing their friends all with a big Pepsodent smile.


“The Larks is a small group of ten girls who are the smartest, the most respected, the most athletic, the most popular in our school. We all tr
chloe ♡
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
I received an e-ARC of this book from Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
3/5 Stars

I liked it although I expected more, it's a very entertaining book if you like the mystery genre, but I would recommend it for those who are just beginning with it, since it has been quite predictable for me. Maybe I' have great expectations with this one, but the characters seemed really flat and if you already know me, you know I can't let that happen. Even so, it's entertaining and the writing style is quite good. But even so I expected something more complex here and instead I fo
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Somebody is killing off the mean girls at school....and Penelope might be next.

This was a quick and easy read.. I read half of it at the hairdressers! I could easily see this as a teen movie. Thanks to Entangled Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review
Paula  Phillips
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had read several romance books during the past week and felt it was time for something different and wanted a mystery novel and some murder. I picked up one before this and couldn't get into it and then I remembered that I had Monica Murphy's new one - Pretty Dead Girls. I had been looking forward to this book. Pretty Dead Girls starts off with one of the popular girls Gretchen meeting someone in secret and the encounter ends up with Gretchen dead. The next day, the school are alerted, and Pe ...more
Richelle Robinson
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this story reminded me of “Pretty Little Liars”, “Mean Girls” and “Scream Queens” all into one and I was not disappointed at all.This was the first book that I’ve read by Monica Murphy and I really enjoyed this story. It was well written, fast paced and kept me on my toes. I have to give the author points for catching me off guard with the killer. Murphy did a good job painting others as the potential suspects but as a horror movie fan, I had a feeling they were innocent. When the killer ...more
Life is short. I need to make the most of it. And being a total bitch is not the way to go.

Well, that pretty much sums up the entire book and I hate to say that I was extremely disappointed in it. I love me some good slasher/thriller type books so I was super excited to read this one. However, it just had so many issues that it was hard to enjoy.

So the main gist of the story: popular girls who are all part of the same sorority type club are getting murdered. Our MC, Penelope, starts to belie
yeah, hey guys i wrote my review of this book which you can also read here if you'd like.
Spoilers ahead because I just don't give a fuck about this book.

Pretty Dead Girls is a Pretty Bad Book. One I don't even want to waste any more time talking or thinking about because it was wrong in all sorts of ways. Was it intentional? I don't know. Does it matter? Not really.

But what is it even about? Well. It's about the prettiest and the smartest girls in Penelope's graduating class, girls all part
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy is a scintillating addictive young adult suspense mystery. In this case of whodunit, Murphy engages her readers to be swept away in a story line where young girls from an affluent town are murdered. Throughout the story, characters are introduced and let me just say these characters are the very quintessential stereotype of mean girls. In this book, everyone is pretty much a suspect. Since this is prett
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Dead Girls

I'm a huge fan of Monica Murphy and would happily read anything she writes. Pretty Dead Girls is a little different to her usual books, but I still loved every minute of it. This book is perfect for the Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars fans. It has typical teen drama, but with the twist of murder. Some characters you will love, some you will hate and others take a little time to workout.

Penelope is our leading lady. She's popular, a cheerleader and president of the
Imagine a group of privileged girls—all of whom sort of conform to the rich, aloof, snooty and somewhat mean stereotype—suddenly being swamped by a mysterious but vengeful serial killer who throws their ordered but small world into chaos. In the midst of them is the head cheerleader and a quiet, mysterious boy who find themselves in the centre of the maelstrom as the noose tightens around them while they play amateur detectives.

There aren’t too many of these sort of YA-thriller, high-school-cen
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
I have loved Monica Murphy's books for a long time and could not jump on this book fast enough. It reminded me so much of Pretty Little Liars, Scream Queens and my close personal favorite - Mean Girls. There is something about High School and the social hierarchy that does it for me. Add to that the glorious idea of a killer targeting the popular girls - and I.Was.Hooked!!

Penelope Malone is the head of the popular girls, also known as the "Larks". They are the best athletes, smartest students an
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
~~Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over an early copy!!~~

This wasn’t my cup of mystery tea despite my shared love of Scream Queens and thinking the name is super intriguing. I went into this desperate for a good mystery read, and this one just fell so flat. It had a lot of things that just really irked me, and truth be told, I skimmed a good part of this, skipped around, and when I did come to another part, I felt like I literally missed nothing because I had called everything and
“The Larks is a small group of ten girls who are the smartest, the most respected, the most athletic, the most popular in our school.”

So one by one the girls in this group are turning up dead. Who is killing them?
Most of the POV is of Penelope. She is the president of Lark.
Other than Penelope, we get the POV of the killer. (view spoiler)
3.5/5 stars

Pretty Dead Girls is a Young Adult mystery.

The narrator is 17 year old Penelope (1st person POV). The story takes place in Cape Bonita, a small wealthy town along the northern California coast.

I love mysteries so I was hopeful that this would be a good one. The beginning unfortunately did not pull me in. This book is set in high school. And Penelope is the head of a group called the Larks. Unfortunately most of the girls in this group were unappealing. So it made it hard for me to fee
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty Dead Girls was a wicked and alluring novel. This book took the mystery and suspense from Pretty Little Liars and the drama and high school atmosphere from Mean Girls to make for one fascinating novel.

I really enjoyed the plot of this book! I always enjoy a good mystery novel, and this book definitely had the twists to keep me on the edge of my seat. There were plenty of reveals that really surprised me and had me begging for more. The plot of this book was fast-paced, which definitely ke
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Most YA mystery novels are quite predictable and Pretty Dead Girls was no exception. Now don't get me wrong, although this book is your quintessential YA fiction, it was really hard to put it down. I think I started reading this book about four hours ago and here I am now writing its review.

I feel like the main reason I couldn't put this book down was because I was trying to find a show on Netflix that portrayed something similar (just wanted a somewhat mindless show where the characters wore c
Oct 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Aaaand queue the awkward feeling of hating a book you were granted from Netgalley. Sorry guys, but thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. And what opinions!

Firstly, obvious mystery is obvious. Maybe years of mystery books has jaded me, but I picked this one so early on it's not funny, and even said it out loud to my partner as a test. Yep, I was right. There wa
While writing up this post…I realized I had to lower my rating because it just didn't deserve what I originally gave it…this happens to me quite often.


⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

Plot: 2/5
Main Characters: 2/5
Secondary Characters: 2/5
The Feels: 1/5
Pacing: 2/5
Addictiveness: 2/5
Theme or Tone: 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style): 3/5
Backdrop (World Building): 2.5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 2.5/5 Cliffhanger: Nope.
Steam Factor 0-5: 2.5
Setting: Cape Bonita
Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an hones
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Wow! Haven't been reading much lately, but now that I have finished this book, I'm super impressed. This story keeps you on your toes, and I loved seeing the back and forth from both Penelope's eyes (most of the time) and occasionally the killer's eyes. It kind of reminded me of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, except that the killer's voice is limited to the points around a killing or when they are thinking about who they plan to kill next. We don't get their back story and motivation until the rev ...more
Siobhan Davis
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy combines highschool drama with twisty suspense and swoony romance to deliver a superb read and one that had me second guessing myself all over the place!

I was a bit iffy on Penelope at the start but I warmed to her, and I loved how she wasn't afraid to stand up to her friends, even where she was in the minority. She had a good sense of right from wrong and while she may have been following the wrong path, she corrected that in this book. Cass was a fabulous lov
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Twas thrilling read!
Unexpected murderer

The plot was really gripping with all the girls dying and everyone second guessing each other. I swear the author did a pretty good job at leading us to the murderer because that revelation twist caught me off guard!

But it was also precisely this twist that felt a bit off in terms of murder motive. Come on, how is that so much of a hatred for someone to murder so many girls. For that, I didn't want to give it 5 stars.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the suspense
Joy Novel Thoughts
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"She was also a friend - and sometimes an enemy, if I'm being completely honest. And now... she's dead."

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy was an outstanding emotionally charged read fueled by the need to discover who is killing all of these girls, the girls that run this school. It was agonizing to try to discover who the killer was, especially because we did read some of the killers point of view. Honestly the killers point of view was the most intriguing for me to read.

"It's much easier to pu
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