Thank you @duttonbooks #duttonpartner for my gifted copy of “The Prized Girl” by Amy K Green!
**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.**
Ok, I’m just going to say it…I hate pageants. Long before the JonBenet Ramsey murder happened back in 1996, I hated pageants. It is so not my thing. That being said, I was still thoroughly invested in watching all the news about the murder and watch all the documentaries out of pure fascination. To this day, my opinion is that it was the parent of one of JonBenet’s rival pageant contestants who got sick of her getting all the glory. Moving on….
“The Prized Girl” was utterly captivating for me and kept me looking forward to getting back to the book every time I had to stop reading. The book is riveting, fast-paced, twisty, and darkly chilling with an ending that you won’t see coming..A positively stunning novel by debut author Green and I am already looking forward to her next book! “The Prized Girl” will be released this Tues, Jan 14 by Dutton Books. Get it on your TBR lists today!