Review: Girl, 11


Once a social worker specializing in kids who were the victims of violent crime, Elle Castillo is now the host of a popular true crime podcast that tackles cold cases of missing children in her hometown of the Twin Cities. After two seasons of successfully solving cases, Elle decides to tackle her white whale—The Countdown Killer. Twenty years ago, TCK abruptly stopped after establishing a pattern of taking and ritualistically murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. No one’s ever known why—why he stopped with his eleventh victim, a girl of eleven years old, or why he followed the ritual at all.

When a listener phones in with a tip, Elle sets out to interview him, only to discover his dead body. And within days, a child is abducted following the original TCK MO. Unlike the experts in the media and law enforcement who have always spun theories of a guilty suicide, Elle never believed TCK had died, and her investigation was meant to lay that suspicion to rest. But instead, her podcast seems to be kicking up new victims.

Rating: 5-stars


Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke is an outstanding novel. For anyone who loves true crime, crime fiction, and suspense reads, I highly recommend this book. It is setup like that of a true crime show but in the format of an entertaining novel. I am hooked. The main protagonist is a pod castor who is going after the Countdown Killer aka TCK. She has pictures of all the girls that went missing and were found dead. She believes that by doing her pod cast she will get clues and solve the case. She wants to take down the killer before more girls are killed. Every girl taken is a year younger than the previous girl. All are held for six days then killed on the seventh day. Someone gives her a tip and is found dead. Things heat up as the one girl she cares about is the next victim. I absolutely fell in love with this book! Suspenseful, dark, engaging, and well-written. It is a fast-paced read.

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