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Pray for the Girl

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Joseph Souza, acclaimed author of The Neighbor, brings readers into the dark heart of a small town in this riveting, relentlessly twisting new novel . . .

Lucy Abbott never pictured herself coming back to Fawn Grove, Maine. Yet after serving time in Afghanistan, then years spent as a sous chef in New York, she's realized her only hope of moving on from the past involves fac
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: When I left New York City, I left with my suitcase filled with my best clothes (admittedly, not many), some personal stuff, a canvas roll of professional knives, and my ego in splinters. Heather was not exactly a happy camper when I gave my notice, which took effect immediately after saying 'I quit.' She was eight months pregnant at the time but looked ten, and most of her line cooks were junkies, or whack jobs. I felt bad about leaving like that. But shit happens in this business. I tr ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Pray For The Girl by Joseph Souza - wow what a story! This book had me hooked straight away and I just wanted to keep reading. And that twist - I certainly didn't see that coming and I can't imagine that anybody else will either. There are so many layers to this story and it is one that you can relate to in some way. Fawn Grove is definitely not somewhere that I would want to live - so many unlikeable characters. This was the first book by Joseph Souza that I have read but it will not be the las ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Having read The Neighbor by Joseph Souza last year and remembering all the twists and turns in that story I knew I needed to read Pray for the Girl. Pray for the Girl again showcased that Joseph Souza seems to have completely mastered shock and awe in his novels.

In Pray for the Girl Lucy Abbott has returned to her hometown of Fawn Grove, Maine which she really didn’t think she’d see again not having such fond memories of the town. After fifteen years away, some while serving in Afghanistan where
Samantha Gonsalves
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Holy Cow! This book is full of surprising twists and turns, none of which you anticipate or see coming. But they're delivered in a such brilliant way! This book ticks off all the boxes of what I look for in a thriller. Everything right from the beginning to the end is a one mad ride(in a really good way)!
The book is about a US army vet, Lucy Abbott back from Afghanistan. She moves back to her childhood home in Fawn Grove, a small town in Maine after overhearing a conversation about a murdered 1
NOT LIKE ANY OTHER NOVEL! Surprises, Mystery, and unique but odd characters grace these pages. The story line is a hero who is wounded in Afghanistan that returns to Fawn Grove. The WOW factor of this book is the part of Pray for the Girl's that sets it apart from other stories. Can Not Say much here without sharing too much. Does have some violent situations to note. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my hones ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s time for one of those rare gushing reviews. (Sorry, but it’s got to be done.)

I loved this book. I got so lost in it that I burned something I had in the oven. The timer was set, but when it went off, it was ages before I heard it – I was just so into this.

In Pray For the Girl, author Joseph Souza brings us a town full of damaged people – a town that is slowly, but surely dying. When an influx of immigrants comes to the town, that slow death threatens to become a murderous inferno.

The charac
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up --There was a big twist in the book after part 2 which I did not see coming at all--up until then the book was a petty good tale of Lucy trying to find the murderer of an Afghani girl in her decaying home town. However, the book diverges from there and that is why I am rating it higher just because of that. If it had just stayed a whodunit it would have been average.. The character development of Lucy is fantastic. The author does such a good job describing her ailments-phys ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I appreciate what the author was trying to do in this book as it had a unique hook and portrayal of many sensitive issues. At the same time, it wasn’t preachy but the characters felt authentic. I am intrigued to read more from this author.
Thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and the author Joseph Souza for a digital review copy. This book was first published April 30, 2019.
Book Him Danno
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pray for the Girl seems to have more twist than a reader might need. The story is intruding with a descent pace that readers can dive into and beg for more. The author has the ability to create a story that knows what it wants to be. The story pick up half way though the story keeping readers memorized.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.
Jennifer (JC-S)
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘The girl’s body was found after a daylong search …’

Fawn Grove, Maine was a place that Lucy Abbott never expected to return to. It was part of a life that Lucy hoped to leave behind. She was injured during military service in Afghanistan and is haunted by what happened there. Lucy had a successful career as a chef in New York, but she’s carrying some heavy baggage from the past.

Back in Fawn Grove, Lucy is staying with her sister Wendy and her family. Outside her immediate family no one recognis
Robin Loves Reading
Lucy Abbott has returned home to Fawn Grove after being away for over fifteen years. First she served in Afghanistan, then she was a very successful sous chef in New York. When she hears of the murder if a fifteen-year-old Muslim girl, she is driven by memories and even voices to go back to Fawn Grove to get to the bottom of things.

Lucy does not have it easy, but her cousin gladly provides her a home in order to help her to adjust. This is a blessing, because things are more than awful. Not only
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc, 2019
I received this book via Netgalley to give an honest review.

So when I started the story I was intrigued then I started to lose a bit of interest and then at part 2 of the story everything picked back up and I was ready to see where it was going to head.

We are introduced to Lucy who left Fawn Grove (which I love the name), to get away from her past. Yet, she now back home. While here she will find herself in an adventure, that will not be fun. Now for a while I felt confused about Lucy and who s
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This story had so many unexpected twists and turns, that I almost fell out of my rocking chair! LOL 😱😱😱
Erik Therme
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A unique mystery about a girl returning to her hometown to help solve a crime (and confront her past demons). As many other reviews have stated, the twist in Book 2 is unexpected and brilliant. Highly recommend!
Patricia Romero
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Fawn Grove, Maine is a small town full of small-minded people. It's been a long time since Lucy Abbott has come back to her hometown and some things have changed and some are fighting change.

The refugees who have settled here are not wanted. There is so much tension you could cut it with a knife. Everyone seems to be prejudiced and duplicitous. Kids, adults, no one is being honest.

After suffering in Afghanistan, Lucy is hiding her identity from everyone but her immediate family. No one in town r
This is the first book I have read by Joseph Souza. This is not a light hearted story, it is intense. The book is told from Lucys point of view. Our vet who returns from the war minus her legs, who detoured to New York as a Sous chef to try and drown out the voices. She returns to her small home town to get her life together. The books starts with Lucy taking an interest in the murder of an Afghanistan 15 year old. You settle in as much as you can dealing with mental anguish and physical being L ...more
Pray For The Girl by Joseph Souza

Thank you Net Galley, Kensington Books, and Joseph Souza for sending above book for review.

This is my second book by Joseph Souza and it won't be the last. Just like The Neighbors I enjoyed this book. I like how the Author described the town and people I felt like I was there. I also like his style of writing, the plot with it's twists and secrets, his character development, and the theme which is in our current time. It's always a good book when you can't predic
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Within the first few pages of reading Joseph Souza’s latest thriller, Pray for the Girl, I knew I was in for a page-turner that would not stop churning. Having finished the book, I am happy to report I was right.

The story is set in the small town of Fawn Grove, Maine. It's here we meet Lucy Abbott who has returned after 15 years, most of the time working as a sous chef in New York City. Before that, Lucy was stationed in Afghanistan as a medic where she lost both her legs after an IED went off.
D.H. Schleicher
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Souza’s novel follows many of the standard modern murder mystery tropes, but’s it’s all told from the point of view of a protagonist unlike any other.

Lucy Abbott is a veteran of the Afghan War, both emotionally and physically scarred by her experiences and haunted by the death of a young girl she couldn’t save while stationed there. After a stint in New York City where she honed her culinary skills as a way to avoid dealing with her PTSD and other issues, she returns home to Fawn Grove, Maine to
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and it is amazing. The characters are all flawed and unique, and the story is really interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it before. There are several really surprising twists too.
Definitely give this book a chance, you won’t be disappointed!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took a while to get in to this one, but I really wanted to see who killed the girl. There were twists, and everything wrapped up in the end. Or did it? Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pray for the Girl is a twisted thriller that will keep you engaged from the start. The premise of this book was like no other that I have read. I really enjoyed this book.
Megan Leprich
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have never read anything by Joseph Souza but this book immediately intrigued me. I loved the authors writing style and how you actually felt like you were in the town along with the characters. The plot had lots of secrets and twists and the characters were well developed. I also loved that this story revolved around a woman that was injured and came back from dep
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! You talk about being completely surprised, this is one that will make you that way. Never, ever would have guessed this one.

Lucy Abbott was a medic in the military, and serving time in Afghanistan. She was injured, both her legs below the knee were blown off, but after two years of rehabilitation, she is in New York and thriving as a chef. She has her nightmares. But, she is going to return to Fawn Grove (her hometown) to stay with her sister and her husband and their daughter. For time to
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
I had to take my time with this one because it rocked me to the core. I've cried, felt outraged, and helplessness while reading. Definitely not for the faint of heart but a must-read for fans of suspense.

I could not imagine the life Lucy has experienced. This book made me look at her experiences in a whole new light. I don't want to say too much as I don't want to give the suspense and surprises away.

If you are sensitive regarding the LGBTQ community please be warned this book may be upsetting.
Kathleen Gray
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You could read this as a thriller or a mystery and be completely satisfied but you would miss the fact that it's also an excellent character study. Lucy is a disabled vet - maimed in Afghanistan and bearing the psychological burden not only of her own trauma but guilt for what she did not do. Going home felt like a good option to hide for a while but then she's pulled into the open by the murder of a muslim girl. Fawn Grove, Maine has changed a lot since she left home and not, frankly, in a good ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am very grateful to Kensington and Netgalley for the chance to be an early reader of this title that publishes the end of April. “The Neighbor” was my first novel by Souza and I was hooked. I’ve been waiting for this new one and I was not disappointed.

Lucy Abbott returns to her hometown of Fawn Grove, Maine, after serving in Afghanistan and working as a chef in Manhattan. Her goal was to face her past so she could move on with her future. Then a Muslim girl is murdered and later a Caucasion b
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really intriguing, dark and twisted story. It was atmospheric and the characters were well developed and interesting. The story had many twists and turns and I never knew what was around the corner. It kept me guessing and the plot twist at the end was especially unexpected!
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting easy read and it touches on many issues.
The presence of refugees in an small town in Maine. The local population is already struggling to survive with the reduced factory productions. The resentment of the refugees who are getting federal assistance.
A veteran having lost both legs and having PTSD returning back home to seek help in recovering.
A sister with a slow degenerating disease and wheelchair bound with a husband having lots of medical problems after a work ac
Apr 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
I liked this one a lot as it touched on some real life issues in a very real and cutting way.
The plot was well thought out and I loved the setting.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
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Joseph Souza's award-winning short stories have been published in various literary journals throughout the country. Winner of the Andre Dubus Award for short fiction, he also won Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award and the 2013 Maine Literary Award. His mystery, UNPAVED SURFACES, was published by Kindle Press in 2015 and was an Amazon bestseller. NEED TO FIND YOU, his crime thriller set i ...more

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