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.
This book has my all time favorite set up with the chapters alternating between Jenny’s POV ~up to her untimely death ~ and Virginia. Right off the bat I felt bad for Virginia. She is the outcast in her family who wasn’t close to her prized half-sister or her step-mom. Or even her dad for that matter. Nobody knows that Virginia has a secret she has been keeping since high school. This event shaped her into the person she is today.
In this story, everyone has something to hide. During Virginas investigation, those secrets are revealed. I like a storyline where the secrets are shocking! Ones that you would have never seen coming. I also liked that Virginia did everything she could to find her sister’s true killer. She did more work than the police did!
There are so many suspects at the end! Sometimes when the author throws in a lot of players than there needs to be, things get lost in translation, and I get bored. That was not the case with this one. I’ll tell you that at the end of the book I didn’t know who did it. Just when I thought I had it figured out, here comes a twist and another player.
The thing that really bugged me about this book, which knocked down the rating for me, is the ending. What was that? Was that supposed to be the way it was all tied up in a pretty bow? I still think about that ending, and I don’t like it. It should have gone a different way. If you have read this one, I would love to know your thoughts.
This book came out yesterday, so grab it and let me know your thoughts!
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon.