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Peek Inside Pretty Dead Girls

In Cape Bonita, wicked lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed. Everyone has secrets, and Penelope’s might get her killed.

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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.


5 stars: "Watch out, Pretty Little Liars, there's a new girl in town. Monica Murphy hits it out of the park!" —#1 New York Times bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken

5 stars: "LOVED this!" –Moriah Chavis, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend this to anyone that enjoyed Pretty Little Liars!" –Brooke, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "OMG this book did not disappoint in the least!! [...] Such an awesome work of art, full of suspense and drama and just a bit of romance thrown in to keep it interesting. You'll be on the edge of your seat just like I was!" –Vanessa, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Pretty Dead Girls was a cross between Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. It was full of drama, mystery and kept you on your toes." –Kathy Dinisi, Amazon bestselling author

4 stars: "Wow. Pretty Dead Girls is one outstanding read. Be prepared to hold onto your seats for this one." –Becky Wise, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "This YA thriller from Monica Murphy is going to slay the shelves!" –Kylie's Bookapalooza

5 stars: "This book is perfect for the Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars fans." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

4 stars: "This book is like Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls rolled into one. There are so many twists and turns I never figured out who the killer was until they stepped forward in the end. It’s the one you never saw coming and I love that about this book." –Krista Ricchi, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I am in love with this book! I read it in one sitting and I highly recommend reading it." –Stylish Brunette Blog

5 stars: "Pretty Dead Girls is a suspenseful, thrilling read that will keep you on pins and needles until the last page…" –Lizel & Angie’s Book Blog

4 stars: "This was a very entertaining mystery/thriller that I think is going to be a top read for 2018." –Erica, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "Pretty Dead Girls is filled with twists and turns that keep you on your toes trying to decipher who is innocent and who is not." –Paula Phillips, The Phantom Photographer

5 stars: "Riveting and realistic, this novel is a fast-paced thriller that will remind you of Pretty Little Liars!" –Anne F., Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Murphy had me on edge and guessing the whole time." –Lissa R., Netgalley Reviewer

4 stars: "[F]ans of Sara Shepard will enjoy this one." –Kristi Housman, Confessions of a YA Reader

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758926
Release Date: Jan 2, 2018
Page Count: 336
Imprint: teen
Genre: mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Debra December 17, 2017

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 a ...more

By Eve (Between The Bookends) December 14, 2017



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 f ...more

By Carrie December 06, 2017

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 ...more

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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.

Th ...more

“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, e ...more

By Elle's Book Blog December 11, 2017

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 h ...more

By Sophie "Beware Of The Reader" December 23, 2017

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 ba ...more

By chloe January 26, 2018

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 wei ...more

By Mandy December 11, 2017

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 ...more

By Paula December 12, 2017

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 forwar ...more

By Richelle December 29, 2017

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 ...more

By Michelle January 04, 2018

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. Through ...more

By Danielle's January 02, 2018

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, bu ...more

By Bookgasms December 18, 2017

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 ...more

By Jennifer December 28, 2017

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 ...more

By Siobhan January 18, 2018

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 ...more

By *Ritzrenee* January 03, 2018

'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 f ...more

By Joy December 19, 2017

"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 ...more

By lacy January 01, 2018

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this early! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What a fantastic first book of the new year. A murder mystery reminiscent of Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars (the book series, not the TV show. We don't talk about the TV sh ...more

By Jennifer January 02, 2018

* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley for the Blog Tour *

~ 5 Who Did It Stars ~

I went into this book hoping for an intriguing young adult story that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing....and I got all of that and more!!

I always enjoy going back to rea ...more

By Angie January 02, 2018

Pretty Dead Girls is a book exactly what it’s title says. There are a group of girls in HS called the Larks. It’s the most coveted group to be in. Basically this group opens doors for you if you’re a lark and not just anyone gets in. You either have to be a legacy and that still doesn’t guarantee yo ...more

By OutlawPoet January 02, 2018

When I started reading Pretty Dead Girls, by Monica Murphy, I had a flashback. No, not some drug-induced fantasy. You see, I’ve recently been reading horror novels from the 1980’s and 1990’s. One of those authors was Richie Tankersley Cusick.

Murphy’s highly suspenseful novel brought to mind Cusick’s ...more

By Courtney January 02, 2018

Pretty Dead Girls wasn't as nail biting as I was hoping it would be, but it was still a good read.

Monica definitely stays true to her roots of YA with this thriller and keeps the characters very real. I would have to say this is like Mean Girls meets Pretty Little Liars, having more of PLL vibe to i ...more

By Wit & Wonder Books December 29, 2017

** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

If the TV shows Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars had a brainchild with the movie Mean Girls, this would be it. Pretty Dead Girls by New York Times, USA Today, bestselling author and #1 international bestselling author Monica Murphy is an inte ...more

By MJ December 29, 2018

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 member ...more

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Monica Murphy

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Monica Murphy

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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