In a town where perfection is key, do you think a murder’d be absolutely perfect? Five girls, five vastly different backgrounds, five different sets of secrets, and one relatively common enemy. They band together to perform what should have been the perfect revenge goes horribly wrong. From the author of Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard put her hands back to the keyboard to try to create a series to follow in her two previous well-known popular book series’ footsteps.
I came across the audiobook in my library’s audiobook app. After listening, I’d agree with many readers and audiobook listeners that it has a variety of similarities with Pretty Little Liars. On the other hand, there are portions of the story that set this series aside from the other series.
Similarities: 5 girls, one common enemy aka Nolan; Teacher who is interested in student(s); secrets; betrayal amongst friends; a creepy stalker friend (hello Ashley is just like Mona); and they both have a mysterious antagonist trying to destroy the lives of these five girls.
Differences: All of these girls are not selfish in any way, well, maybe Julie is slightly due to her living situation but her protective attitude towards Parker balances it out. Caitlyn carries the weight of guilt over not being there for her younger brother who committed suicide from being bullied, Mackenzie wants to get into Juilliard but cares about Blake, and Aya cares about her boyfriend Alex and her father. Nolan’s death is obviously not like Pretty Little Liars.
The delivery and length is more appropriate compared to the others that were dragged out. 2 books vs. 18 books!
Would I choose this series over PLL? YES!
If you are fans of Sara Shepard but haven’t read PLL? Read this series instead. It’s shorter, sweeter, and you don’t have to wade through tons of books to get to the answer.
Rating: 7 out of 10 Book Charms