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“A masterful, heart-pounding suspense that ushers in an astonishing new voice in crime fiction." (Samantha M. Bailey, internationally best-selling author of Woman on the Edge)

Elle Castillo once trained as a social worker, supporting young victims of violent crime. Now, she hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cold cases of missing and abducted children.

After four seasons of successfully solving these cases in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Elle decides to tackle her white whale: The Countdown Killer. Twenty years ago, TCK was terrorizing the community, kidnapping and ritualistically murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. Then, after he took his eleven-year-old victim, the pattern—and the murders—abruptly stopped. No one has ever known why.

When Elle follows up on a listener tip only to discover the man’s dead body, she feels at fault. Then, within days, a child is abducted—a young girl who seems to fit suspiciously into the TCK sequence halted decades before. While media and law enforcement long ago concluded that TCK had suicided, Elle has never believed TCK was dead. She had hoped her investigation would lay that suspicion to rest, but her podcast seems instead to be inciting new victims.

“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 and Blackout)

©2021 Amy Suiter Clarke (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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So Boring with Way Too Many Characters!

NO SPOILERS!! I really wanted to like this book. I found myself having to rewind countless times for either zoning out or confused because another character was added. If you do not like to have to remember tons of characters don't get this book. Half way through and I counted over 20 characters. I eventually gave up. It's just not an enjoyable listen at all.

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Amazing debut novel.

Gripping without resorting to glamorizing the cruelty and the evil. Suiter Clarke kept me completely enthralled with the story without leaving me feeling dirty for having read it. If this is her first novel I can’t wait to read what’s coming.

I’m usually not a big fan of multiple narrators and sound effects. However I never felt distracted by them in this presentation.

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Great Suspense

I like serial killer books. Serial killers fascinate me, maybe it's because i just can't believe someone is that evil. This book was written in the form of an investigative podcast, that's first time i've read a book like that and i liked it. I think this is Amy Suiter Clarke's debut novel, she did such a great job. I hope she writes more books.

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Podcast within a book

I loved this book! It did a great job of keeping the suspense high, and the characters engaging. The cast did a great job with the material. I can't wait to see what the author writes next.

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Too Much

Was it suspenseful, yes, in some places. Was the story decent, yes, in some places. Was there too much politics and too much man bashing, yes, in some places.
The overall arc of the book was men are insecure pigs who can’t handle strong, confident women. The main protagonist is the typical “woman who was right but no one will listen”, she has to constantly lie to everyone around her and put herself in danger to prove her point.
I did like the podcast aspect of the audiobook though, it gave a nice break. Not sure if I would have finished it otherwise.

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Good mystery!

I enjoyed the story and the podcast side of things. Very good how everything tied in together. I would like the same characters in a series of books. I like how the main couple were a coroner and a true crime podcaster. Cool idea!

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Amazing!

I was very excited about this book after reading a review in PW. It is set in my home state, revolves around a podcast author and a serial killer. I found the book extraordinary. It kept me enthralled and I hope there is more to come.

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Gripping story to the end!

This story had me at the edge of my seat from chapter 1! I love how it would switch from hearing her podcast to her investigation. The story was well done and all the characters were fleshed out.
If you love true crime podcasts, this is the book for you!

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Decent story but awkward & forced moral superiority lectures sprinkled in

Decent story but I could have done without the awkward & forced moral superiority social/racists rhetoric. These speeches didn’t help the story and felt like mini lectures sprinkled at forced & contrived moments.

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Well done

Narration was great, story well written. Far fetched but much better then other new releases in this genre.

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