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16 March 2020

Book Review: The Prized Girl by Amy K Green *AD Gifted

HQ sent me a review copy of The Prized Girl by Amy K Green ahead of the blog tour.

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From debut author Amy K. Green comes a devastating tale of psychological suspense: a teen pageant queen is found murdered in a small New England town, and her sister’s search for answers unearths more than she bargained for.

Days after a young teenager named Jenny is found murdered, her small town grieves the loss alongside her picture-perfect parents. At first glance, Jenny’s tragic death appears clear-cut for investigators. In the murder of a former pageant queen from a safe and loving family, the most obvious suspect is a fan who got too close for comfort. But Jenny’s sarcastic, older half-sister Virginia isn’t so sure of his guilt and takes matters into her own hands to find the killer.

But for Jenny’s case and and Virginia’s investigation, there’s more to the story. Virginia, still living in town and haunted by her own troubled teenage years, suspects that a similar darkness lay beneath the sparkling veneer of Jenny’s life. Alternating between Jenny’s final days and Virginia’s determined search for the truth, the sisters’ dual narratives follow a harrowing trail of suspects, with surprising turns that race toward a shocking finale.

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5 Word Review: Family, community, beauty, pride, mystery.

There is something very unsettling about the story and the writing, and what is more unsettling is that I can't put my finger on what it was! I thought that it was very cleverly written, a thrilling read, and a perfect page turner.

It felt like this was quite a short read, but it's not. It's fast paced and I couldn't stop turning the pages, I raced through it. It's a fantastic debut.

The first character we meet is Virginia, and I really liked how unlikeable she was. She's abrupt and sick of this shit, and I enjoyed her narrative voice and parts of the story the most.

I did struggle a little to connect with the characters in general, but that's a Me problem, and nothing to do with the writing. I enjoyed the dual narrative and the way that the mystery was slowly revealed. 

The Prized Girl is a pretty dark story, with lots of twists that I didn't see coming - definitely a thrilling read.

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