Pretty Innocent Girls: a novel


A prisoner is locked in the shed next door. Suburban bystander Blake Davis knows he’s there, so why hasn’t she told the police? Wrestling with her response to the danger unfolding, Blake is drawn from the monotony of married life into the intoxicating fold of the Army of Outlaws. As she learns more about her magnetic but dangerous new neighbor, Hayden, temptation lures her into the darkness… into his lawless world. Will her addiction to adrenaline be her savior–or take her past the point of no return?

“Amy Oppenheim’s ‘Pretty Innocent Girls’ grab the reader and won’t let go. A fascinating modern crime tale that unwinds a complex set of characters–including members of ‘the motorcycle gang next door’–in a satisfying, and occasionally titillating fashion. A terrific first novel.”

– Roy Harris, Amazon Reviewer

“Loved it! Page-turner. I finished it in TWO DAYS and couldn’t put it down! If you like romantic suspense and anti-heroes, give this a read… And right from the get-go, the author is building tension between Blake, the main character, and Hayden, a motorcycle gang member who lives next door. As the story unfolds, her husband seems less and less like a hero that deserves Blake’s loyalty. Which is better, a bad man who lets you know he’s bad, or a good man who pretends he isn’t evil? …The fact that everyone is kind of awful made me love this book. It’s really hard to figure out what is going to happen next if no one is trustworthy. When I started to read this book, I just couldn’t put it down. I finished it in two days.”

– Kelly Haynes, Reedsy Reviewer

“The narrative moves along very fast and the pacing keeps you turning pages as the storylines weave in and out of each other. Sexy, edgy, and rough but that’s the grit of the story and the author walks the line between bad-boy-recklessness and subtle romance between the two main characters. In fact, at times the bad-boy veneer rubs off, almost, when his otherwise tough as nails biker vibe erodes in his playful flirting. Eager to see where the next book takes the characters and how boldly the author will lean into some of the themes that are, in my opinion, the real flavor of the story. The mystery is compelling but the unconventional love story is the chemical that offers something more interesting and hard to look away from, even though the conservative and conventional wisdom would normally dictate that Blake run away and play it safe. Safe is boring.”


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