Title: Pretty Dead Girls
Author: Monica Murphy
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery/Thrillers, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: January 2nd, 2018
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.
“A secret’s not a secret if you tell someone, and guess what? No one knows what I’m doing. Not a soul. This is my biggest secret.
I plan on keeping it that way.”
I was super excited about this book because ever since I read the premise I added to my TBR, so I can’t thank the publisher enough for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this story.
As you may probably know already, I’m a really big fan of mysteries/thrillers. The snynopsis sounded right of my alley, and I have to say, it was overall okay. I wasn’t completely in love with this book but I didn’t hate it, either. It was an okay read, and though I had a few issues with some of the things that happened in the story, I enjoyed most of it.
“We were going to change the world and make it a better place. We were going to do things that mattered. The Larks are leaders of the school, bright and shiny representatives of the future.”
When I usually read a thriller, I really want to get so engrosed in the story that I cannot stop reading it until I finish, and I think it accomplished that. It was easy to get into, and I flew through it, so it didn’t take me too long to finish. I had mostly one theory and wanted to keep reading until I finished to see if I was indeed, right.
My main problem was the cast of characters. They were very unlikeable and hard to connect to, mostly because they were so mean towards each other that it was hard for me to feel sorry for any of them. It was equal parts frustrating and fastinating to read about the Larks. They kept so many secrets hidden that were revealed throughout the book that in some twisted way I want to keep reading to see what was the next bomb going to be, but at the same time they were really selfish and characters who could backstab each other if any had the opportunity. So I didn’t really get why they were friends if they hated each other.
However, it’s true that I liked a few side characters more than them. I wasn’t a really big fan of the protagonist, but I liked the interactions she had with her love interest. It was a really funny hate-to-love relationship (which you know I can’t help but love), and I think it was well done, because it wasn’t insta-love-ish or anything (thank god!). Mainly it had to to a bit with the fact that I liked Pen a lot, but oh, well.
“They probably think I’m cursed, and I can’t help but think I’m cursed, too. That I’m next. I have to be.”
Another thing that wasn’t really explained and you had to figure out was the different POVs. It’s told in two points of view, one being the killer and other our main character, Penelope. At first I thought she was the killer, because there wasn’t anything that said otherwise (like one of those chapters being in italic or some type of explanation so you could know that you were reading the story through another character’s eyes), so I was a bit confused at first with that while reading the first chapter.
And unfortunately the ending was a bit predictable for me. Since I reached the half mark in the book I already knew who the killer was, and because of that it wasn’t that surprising when everything is revealed at the end of the story, so I had to lower my rating a bit because of that.
Overall, I enjoyed the journey and the whole plot, but I didn’t really connect much with the characters to feel sympathy for them. I liked the romance and that I wanted to keep reading until I finished but found the end quite predictable.
I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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