Genres: General, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Romance, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pretty Dead Girls is a Young Adult Mystery set in the small seaside town of Cape Bonita.
It shares some similarities to TV shows like Pretty Little Liars and Scream Queens.
I have a 15-year-old daughter and read it through her eyes, the mostly intended audience.
The story is told in two points of views – Penelope and a few chapters from the unknown murderer.
Penelope is the head cheerleader and president of the Larks, a group of 10 popular, highly involved and mostly wealthy girls who try to use community service to look good on their college applications.
Only the most popular girls – 5 seniors, 5 juniors can earn a spot.
The senior Larks are being murdered one by one.
It was definitely a page-turner and I found myself trying to get back to it so I could figure out the identity of the murderer.
I couldn’t really relate to the girls because they were all pretty self-centered and bitchy.
I know bullies and mean girls enhance angst and conflict in stories, but I usually like the narrator to be a better person than the rest of the group.
I loved Cass, the “bad boy” and found myself enjoying his and Penelope’s scenes the best.
Young adult fans will enjoy this page-turner for the suspense and the romance and the cover is a gorgeous addition to any bookshelf.
* I received an ARC copy of this from Entangled Teen via NetGalley.