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"Girl, 11 is a dazzlingly twisted and dark thriller with complex characters, a neo-Gothic atmosphere and a killer that ranks with some of the most disturbing in the genre. Amy Suiter Clarke is a magnificent guide through this macabre labyrinth."—S. A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland
"Clarke knows how to get a reader’s heart hammering."—Candice Fox, international bestselling author
In this thrilling debut for fans of Karin Slaughter and Riley Sager, a social worker turned true-crime podcaster investigates a decades-old serial killer cold case—only to unwittingly create new victims.
Former social worker Elle Castillo is the host of a popular true-crime podcast that tackles cold cases of missing children in her hometown. After four seasons of successful investigations, Elle decides to tackle her white whale: the Countdown Killer, or TCK.
Twenty years ago, TCK established a pattern of taking and ritualistically murdering girls, each a year younger than the last. No one’s ever known why—why he stopped abruptly with his eleven-year-old victim, or why he followed the ritual at all.
Weeks into her new season, Elle sets out to interview a listener promising a tip, only to discover his dead body. When a child is abducted days later, in a pattern that looks very familiar, Elle is convinced TCK is back. Will she be able to get law enforcement on her side and stop TCK before it’s too late?
"Delectably tense and terrifying, Girl, 11 introduces us to a dormant serial killer and the podcaster who will risk everything—even her own life—to uncover his identity. With psychological precision and electric storytelling, Amy Suiter Clarke has created a thriller that feels ripped from the headlines, her Countdown Killer becoming as real to the reader as the Golden State Killer or BTK. True-crime fanatics will find their new obsession in this dark, page-turning debut."—Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister and Behind the Red Door
"Girl, 11 is a chilling, expertly constructed thriller that strikes the perfect balance between page-turning twists and piercing commentary on the true cost of crime. If you devoured I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Amy Suiter Clarke’s debut is about to be your new obsession."—Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn
"In this remarkable debut, Amy Suiter Clarke weaves together narratives from a true-crime podcaster’s real life and her broadcasts as she tracks down a serial killer who may have returned after years of lying in wait. This compelling and skilfully crafted story will keep readers glued to the pages. Girl, 11 is current, twisty, and utterly irresistible!"—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Don't Look for Me
"Girl, 11 is a powerful, engaging debut from Amy Suiter Clarke—and gives readers a memorable, genuine protagonist in Elle Castillo. Clarke crafts a tale of obsession, dark histories and one woman’s quest to bring a terrifying killer to justice. Girl, 11 is delivered with poise, style and cunning—making it impossible to put down."—Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Miami Midnight, Poe Dameron: Free Fall, and Blackout
"Twisty and tense! Girl, 11 is a stirring and stunning tale of secrets, saviors and serial killers. This story stays with you long after you’ve reached the last page!"—Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the critically acclaimed novels And Now She's Gone, They All Fall Down and the D
"Amy Suiter Clarke comes out of the gate running with a confident and riveting debut perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Meg Gardiner. Girl, 11 follows the host of an investigative podcast tracking a bloodthirsty serial killer as he counts down to his youngest victim yet. I bit my nails through every twist in this pitch-perfect thrill-ride—and teared up at its commitment to honoring victims of violence everywhere."—Amy Gentry, bestselling author of Good as Gone and Last Woman Standing
"An exceptional debut, clever and assured... Amy Suiter Clarke has brought The Countdown Killer to life in a way that made it feel like true crime."—R. W. R. McDonald, author of The Nancys
"Amy Suiter Clarke's remarkably well-constructed debut takes readers on a terrifying, nail-biting journey to find a killer. With brilliant twists and turns and a genius mix of propulsive action and psychological tension, Girl, 11 is a masterful, heart-pounding suspense that ushers in an astonishing new voice in crime fiction."—Samantha M. Bailey, internationally bestselling author of Woman on the Edge