The countdown has begun...
True-crime podcaster Elle Castillo has been obsessed with The Countdown Killer for decades. Twenty years ago, he established a gruesome pattern of taking and murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. No one's ever known why he followed this pattern, or why they stopped abruptly after the eleventh victim. Most believe him to be dead. Elle knows he is not and is hellbent on serving historic justice.
When the kidnappings start up once again, Elle must confront her responsibility in forcing the killer out of hiding. She needs to stop the deadly countdown and convince both the authorities and her podcast audience, before the Countdown Killer can claim his next victim.
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
Supremely twisty... the very definition of a page-turner. If I'm less productive at work today, it's because this book kept me up for "just one more chapter" long after I should've gone to bed -- Katie Lowe, author of THE FURIES and POSSESSION
Girl, 11 dives into the world of true-crime podcasts, and also plays with structure and form. It's the kind of book you start reading on a lazy afternoon and then can't stop until it's done. A smart and fast thriller -- Kate Mildenhall, author of SKYLARKING
Compelling... The serial killer novel is evolving quickly in the new true crime era, and Girl 11 perfectly captures the new approach ― CrimeReads
True crime podcasts have enjoyed soaring popularity and spawned a legion of cold case amateur detectives. Amy Suiter Clarke taps into that trend with a twisting thriller ― The Herald
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
For fans of true crime in their mystery books ― Bookriot
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
Clarke knows how to get a reader's heart hammering. -- Candice Fox, international bestselling author
Propulsive... not only is the book difficult to put down, it's also an adroit exploration of the ethical quandaries of true-crime storytelling ― New York Times Book Review
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 skillfully 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
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 Detective Lou Norton
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... A great hero in Elle Castillo -- R. W. R. McDonald, award-winning 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
About the Author
Amy Suiter Clarke is a writer, communications specialist and true crime podcast enthusiast. Originally from a small town in Minnesota, she later moved to London and earned an MFA in Creative Writing with Publishing at Kingston University. She currently works for a university library in Melbourne, Australia. Girl,11 is her debut novel.