Thursday, January 18, 2018

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy @MsMonicaMurphy @chapterxchapter @EntangledTeen


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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Excerpt:


"That car is still trailing us."

Glancing in the side mirror, I see that the car is behind us. Cass chooses that moment to take a curve extra fast, making the tires squeal, and I gasp. "You're scaring me," I murmur. It feels like my heart just flew into my throat.

"Just wait. What I really want to do is going to scare you even more," he says cryptically.

"What do you want to do?"

"You'll have to trust me on this."

"Okay." I clamp my lips shut. I shouldn't automatically agree, right? I'm still having trust issues, even though I'd never say that out loud. This entire day has been confusing. I don't know who to believe anymore.

"No demanding we back out once we commit," he says, his gaze never wavering from the road. "That's a surefire way to get ourselves hurt."

His words are ominous. Like a warning. "Fine. I'm all in."

He eases up on the gas pedal, just the slightest bit. The car slows, the vehicle behind us drawing closer. So close I swear it looks like it's going to eat the back bumper. "I don't want you to freak out."

"Oh my God, Cass." Why is he slowing down? "Just tell me."

"You have to promise me one thing first." His gaze meets mine, lingering a moment too long. He should be watching the road, not staring at me. "Say you'll promise."

"I promise," I readily agree, frowning. "But what am I promising?"

He's staring straight ahead once more, his fingers sliding over the steering wheel, almost like a caress. "You can't scream."

What?

"I mean it. No screaming. No yelling. You must remain quiet. I need you to trust me, Pen." He hesitates, his voice dropping lower. "Do you trust me?"

Do I? He's already asked me once and I said yes, but the doubt still creeps in. He scares me a little. He also-God, I am so ridiculous thinking this, but-he turns me on. He does. There's something about him. He has this edge that other boys don't have. And when he touches me, kisses me…

I'd probably do just about anything he asks me to.

So how can I doubt him when we've already gone this far together?

"I won't scream," I tell him quietly. "And I won't yell. I promise."

"Okay." He nods once, then hisses out a breath between his teeth. I chance a glance at him, the way his dark hair falls over his forehead, how he's squinting his eyes. What he's about to do, what's about to happen, feels…dangerous. "Here it goes."

With a flick of his wrist he turns the car's headlights off. Like, completely off. The road goes dark. I suck in a breath, hold it until I feel like it's choking me. He hits the gas pedal hard, the SUV roaring to life as he flies down the road. A dangerous, winding road where multiple car crashes occur every year. The windows are down, the wind blows through my hair, blasts against my face, and I close my eyes.

I'm scared, and I can't make a sound. Not a peep. I hold onto the handle right above the window, gripping it with both hands as Cass takes the twisty road with ease. My gaze is trained on the side mirror and I watch for the car lights behind us.

They're still there.



My Review:


Pretty girls are turning up dead in a small little town on the California coast, Cape Bonita. All the girls go to the same high school Cape Bonita Prep. So far all the girls who have turned up dead belong to a very popular club at the school called the Larks. The members are five seniors and five juniors always. The Larks volunteer at events in the town and at the school and sometimes hold fund raisers.

Penelope Malone president of the Larks is afraid that she could be the next girl murdered. Penelope decides to do a little snooping on her own to see if she can find out who is murdering her friends before she turns up dead.

Cass Vincenti a guy from Penelope's physics class is also connected to all the girls who are turning up dead in some way or another. Cass has a past with a lot of secrets but so does most everyone else. Everybody has secret or two in their past including Penelope.

Cass and Penelope decide to join forces in looking for the killer. They start snooping around together and end up in one of their friend's bedroom closet when she almost walks in on them looking through her room for clues to who may be the killer. They hide in the closet while their friend hooks up with a guy Brogan who just happens to be with Penelope's best friend Dani at the moment. Yeah Brogan left Dani pasted out from parting a little too much so he could hook with Courtney.

Penelope doesn't know who to trust she thinks she can trust Cass but when some of his secrets starts to come out she is not so sure. He does have connection to all of the pretty dead girls. What is his connection? Did he hook up with all these girls? Is he the killer? Who is killing all the pretty dead girls? Why are they killing only the pretty girls?

Pretty Dead Girls was a well thought out and beautifully written novel. I couldn't stop reading it as I wanted to know who the killer was and why were they killing all these girls? It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more. It kept me guessing as to who the killer was from beginning to end. I thought I had it all figured out right up until the very end and boy was I wrong. A book that can keep you guessing all the way through is a very great book indeed.

I would recommend Pretty Dead Girls to any who loves a good mystery and is up for a thrilling and emotional ride. Oh did I mention that you might want to grab a box of tissue because you are going to need them.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR



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.




Giveaway:

Signed copy of Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

   

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