Tuesday 17 March 2020

The Prized Girl Blog Tour

There are many things I really love about reading and one of those things is discovering new and exciting authors (of which there are oh so many).

One such author is Amy K. Green. Coming onto the scene with her debut suspense thriller The Prized Girl, which is definitely on track to set heads turning, I was excited to be chosen to take part in the blog tour.


I'd describe this a psychological, crime tale that will have you asking more than the usual who done it questions.

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.

The story itself revolves around two sisters, Virginia and Jenny, one of whom is dead.

Told from dual points of view we get glimpses into the past and present of these distant siblings, who's paths actually cross in ways that neither of them could have imagined. 

It's almost like Jenny is talking from the grave as we get an insight into the events that led to this tragedy. Whilst Virginia is trying to navigate her way through the here and now, feeling increasingly guilty for not being more involved in her sister's short lived life.

Living in a small New England town residents don't expect to have such a high profile case deflect from their normal quiet lives. But that is exactly what happen's when fourteen year old Jenny is found both raped and murdered.

Depicted as the picture perfect child, teenage pageant queen with such loving and devoted, it seems impossible to think of reasons why anyone would want to commit such a horrid crime. 

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.

Cleverly written, Amy expertly sets the scenes, leaving little bread crumb trails as you read, hinting to the real killer but never fully giving it away.

The main suspect in the case is a man named Benji, who has been coming to all her pageants, I guess you could say he was her biggest fan.

But as Virginia decides to play detective, it becomes clear that Jenny was not as innocent as once thought and plenty of guilty people come to light, people that the cops failed to consider for the crimes.

Something that I found quite unique about this book was that each character had their flaws, even the protagonists had made mistakes along the way and this for me gave the story a lot more depth and allowed me to feel more emotion towards both the characters involved and the situations for which they found themselves in.

This is a tense, twisted thriller, which will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering just where the story will end.

I've seen other reviews saying it followed a typical thriller path but I beg to differ. 

I found the storyline methodically thought out, complex and built at a brilliant pace. There wasn't a single moment that felt flat or unrealistic.

As debut books go, I'd say this is a strong one for this genre and I'm already looking forward to seeing what her next novel has to offer.

For more reviews and insights on this novel check out the rest of the blog tour below:



  1. I really want to read this after reading your review - it sounds like a real page turner :o)


  2. Wow, I definitely like the sound of this. I bet you couldn't put it down

  3. This sounds like just the sort of book I enjoy! I've just finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and, from your review, there seemed to be a lot of similarities with that.


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