Book Review: The Prized Girl by Amy K. Green (ARC)

The Prized Green

Author: Amy K. Green

Publishing Date: 14 January 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction – Thriller/Murder Mystery

Pages: 384

Publisher: Dutton Books

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.

Ex-beauty queen, 13 year old Jenny is found murdered. The local town is floored and fans pour in to pay their homage. The suspect has finally been captured, and everyone can sleep a little easier.

26 year old Virginia is Jenny’s half sister. Her dad and stepmom treat her like she’s the world’s biggest delinquent, disappointment, and crappy sister. Unlike everyone else, Virginia isn’t convinced that the suspect is the one who killed her sister. She’s determined to find the true killer even if she has to do it alone.
This story alternates between Virginia’s present day POV and Jenny’s POV (right before she died), which I loved because it gave a lot more insight into both characters and the motives behind their decisions.

There were so many dark twists and turns as more side characters came into play, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. I was flying through the pages as I wanted to know what happened to Jenny.

However, the plot twist reveal in the last 50 pages or so of the book was a HUGE slap in the face. I was so utterly disappointed, which took this solid 4 star book down to a 3. The ending felt cheap and incredibly unsatisfying.

Thank you to Dutton Books for my review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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