Pretty Dead Girls
By: Monica Murphy
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.
PRETTY DEAD GIRLS is my first attempt at a YA murder mystery/thriller, and I have to be honest—I had a lot of fun writing it because of the murder/mystery aspect. There is nothing better than having your characters say and do the worst things. Like seriously, some of the stuff that happens in the book, I would never do or say in real life. But in fiction? I went for it.
Here are a few things you can expect when you read PRETTY DEAD GIRLS:
- A lot of the characters (okay fine, most of them) aren’t that likable. I was inspired by a lot of things while writing the book, mainly Scream Queens. The first season of SQ on Fox was so great. Those girls were awful. They said the worst things. So I went for it, and had my girls say and do the worst things too.
- The romance isn’t central to the story. I am at heart a romance author. I love a good romance. And while yes, there is a romance in PRETTY DEAD GIRLS, it’s not the main focus of the story. Yeah, it’s sort of crazy for my main character Penelope to be falling for this guy while she’s trying to figure out who the killer is, but she can’t help it. Cass is hot. And different from her usual type, which she appreciates.
- I really hope I keep you guessing. I tried to hide who the killer is, and early reviews on figuring it out is mixed. Some said they knew right away, others said they were blown away, and some even said they had clues and figured it out slowly. My main plan is to keep you wondering, but hey, this is my first mystery/thriller, so I’m still trying to get this right myself. LOL
- The town PDG is set in is completely fictional, but based on a mashup of cute coastal towns in California.
- The basis of PDG comes from an actual true story that happened in the mid-eighties, when a girl killer a friend who was a cheerleader, and got away with it for months. They were sort of friends, but not really, and supposedly the killer was very jealous of the girl she stabbed. It happened in an affluent town in California near San Francisco, and that sort of thing just didn’t happen there…
- The true story was made into a TV movie in the nineties called Death of a Cheerleader (later changed to A Friend to Die For), and the main (dead) mean girl is played by Tori Spelling.
If you want to know more about PRETTY DEAD GIRLS, you’re going to have to read the book. J
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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