Monday, January 15, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Book Blurb:

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Teen--

Mean girl Gretchen was found murdered, causing her small town to be shocked. But this is just the first in a series of gruesome acts, all unpredictable and devastating. Penelope, a classmate of Gretchen's, is trying to put together the pieces of what happened, of how Gretchen would be a target of murder. But all Penelope has are dead ends-and lots of suspicion...

May I present you with a teen murder mystery with suspense, drama, tension, suspicion, mean girls and a dab of romance- the perfect combination for an engaging afternoon.

The story was narrated predominantly by Penelope, but occasionally there where chapters thrown in that were from the killer's point of view (and a different font was used, I appreciate the small details!) The book actually starts from the killers point of view as they speak with the victim aka Gretchen and based on the tone I had a suspicion as to what kind of person I was dealing with, which helped me to pick a suspect. I liked that there was one character who was set up right from the second chapter where Penelope was narrating to be the killer, but I was doubtful. As the book progressed so many others were shown to possibly be responsible, or at least have some motive and I loved the guessing and second guessing the story caused. I was a little surprised by the actual murderer, but the motivation made me a little bit disappointed, especially when there were so many other excellent options!

​I did have some questions about Penelope and her personality. At times I questioned her personality and found her hard to like. For example, she meanly and totally uncalled for snaps at the Junior Larks- so they remember their place- I guess ruling by fear is more her approach. Also, she says disdainful and bitchy comments to Cass for no real reason, just because he is in her space or she is having a bad moment. But other times she was really insightful and respectful.

I found the writing style to be so effortless, the words flowed so smoothly that I could sit down and lose myself in the story without realizing it. The book was a quick read, perfect snowy day thriller mystery to escape into.​ As per the usual with my reviews of mysteries, no spoilers to ruin the fun, so a nice short and sweet review! I do happen to be a sucker for a good murder mystery full on tension and LOTS of suspects and I found this to be just what I wanted. I would love to check out more from Monica in the future since this was my first book by her.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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