Review: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy (Spoiler Free)

pretty dead girls

Title: Pretty Dead Girls

Author: Monica Murphy

Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher, and also through NetGalley.

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.

There’s nothing better than a mystery that can keep you guessing, and that’s exactly what Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy has to offer. You’re presented with so many twists and turns that your theories change after every chapter. I had so many guesses as to who was killing these girls and why, and basically none of them were spot on. I’m someone who can usually get a general idea of what’s going on, and Pretty Dead Girls threw me for a loop.

The romance was pretty standard for a YA book. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t a relationship that I got too excited about. I could have gone without it, but it was totally fine that it was there. I did like that the characters weren’t likeable in a traditional sense. Everyone had something sketchy about them, and everyone had qualities that were less than desirable about them. Yet, you still found yourself invested in them, and in some cases, upset about their deaths.

Pretty Dead Girls is a great YA thriller that keeps you guessing with it’s shady characters and unexpected twists. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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