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    Well written mystery that I couldn't put down!

    Whoa! Where has this side of Monica Murphy been hiding? She masterfully combines her vast knowledge and experience of the YA world with a mystery that had me on the edge of my seat until the very end! Combine that with the most unlikely of romances and you have one pretty darn perfect read. As members of the Larks community service group at Cape Bonita Prep begin getting murdered in their very tony town, Penelope Malone sets off to try and figure out who the killer could be. Told in her POV, she is the quintessential leader of the most prominent bunch of girls in her high school and I thoroughly loved both her observations when spoken out loud and stuck in her head. The author knows all about the lives of young adults through her vast catalogue of books and with Pretty Dead Girls she is once again spot on with how these teenagers go about their day to day. Everything that is experienced by Penelope and the other students at CBP as these tragedies befall this small town are perfectly written and it didn't take long before I was completely consumed by this story. What makes it so compelling was how the author puts you off track time and again, considering suspects right along with Penelope and Cass, the quiet boy that is suddenly a big part of her life and may become more than just a sounding board as the murders continue. I was right there with Penelope, thinking that it could be Cass since he had prior dealings with two of the girls who met their dreadful end at the hands of the killer with the sharp knife. And mixed in with Penelope's POV are chapters told in the killer's POV and those had me scratching my head, one more time wondering if my own instincts were right after all or if I'd be thrown for a loop once again. The characters are well-crafted and each one is key to this burgeoning mystery no matter how small a part they may play. I honestly had no clue as to how it would all turn out and I was almost hesitant to finish, afraid of what might be revealed, not wanting anyone else being hurt or worse. I became very invested in this story and I could have read 100 pages more, that is how insanely good it is. A new kind of genre for Monica Murphy, I applaud her ability to combine the trying times of being a teenager with the brutal truth about the so-called mean girls many of us have had to contend with and sadly one person's way of dealing with all of it. And the low-simmer of a romance between Penelope and Cass with all its starts and stops was expertly placed, giving both the reader and the characters a chance to find some happy among all the dread. A great way to start off 2018, I happily give Pretty Dead Girls a solid 5 stars!!!
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    Immersive, engaging, surprising mystery

    Fabulous. This is a dig in and begin guessing young adult story. When of the most popular girls in school turns up dead, everyone’s foundation in Cape Bonita is shaken. As a Lark, the premier club, it appears these members are being targeted. Penelope is the president and is not sure what to think when her world is shifted. Cass Vincenti is the quiet boy that tends to blend in but he reaches out to Penelope when these events begin to unfold. Penelope is surprised to feel a connection to Cass. They become detectives together, trying to unravel this crazy mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this mysterious thriller and was truly surprised by the culprit. I love how Monica Murphy connects me to the characters and immerses me in their world so that I don’t want to put the book down.
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    Thrilling

    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.
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    Loved it, I couldn’t put it down!

    In reviews I read Pretty Dead Girls was described as being like the TV shows Pretty Little Liars and Scream Queens. It’s labeled as a Young Adult thriller. Personally I feel it should’ve been labeled a little differently. It is a Young Adult Thriller, NOT to be confused with Horror, but just as much suspenseful, mystery and romantic, in fact the romance plays a big part. Reminding me much of some of those Slasher movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream. In fact, I would say more like those movies than Pretty Little Liars. But, I would agree that it is comparable to Scream Queens. It definitely has that group of mean girls. It definitely was the kind of book I had trouble putting down. Many of my horror friends will likely find it a joke, as they do many books that I find to be adequately scary, a thrill or suspenseful. Lol...yep, make fun of me now. Lol Anyway, I loved this book, I found myself glued to the pages trying to figure out the mystery of who it is (I love mysteries) and of course I love romance, and I really enjoyed that part of it. The characters were very well written. I hated the mean girls. Loved Penelope, the main protagonist. I suspected so many people. I was on and off about certain characters, one minute I trusted them, the next minute I didn’t. (Trying not to give away too much) But it was just fun! I love books that make me think, reason, analyze and try to guess before the book ends. I haven’t been reading that many mysteries this year, and this book made me remember how much I love a good Suspense/Mystery/Romance....I’m not asking for too much, am I? Lol I recommend this highly for someone who likes Young Adult, Thrillers, Suspense, Mystery and Romance. Oh and may like the show Scream Queens or thie slasher movies, Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. If that’s your thing, you will probably really enjoy this book!! I know I did!! ~Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Social Butterfly PR & NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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    Pretty Dead Girls

    Shades of Pretty Little Liars meets Mean Girls. A whodoneit in a small town and the popular girls are turning up dead. Who did it? Who is next? Definitely a page turner with a good mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I recommend this one for something different that what I normally read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! **Received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley**
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