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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 aft 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.


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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 aft 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.

30 review for Girl, 11

  1. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    Girl, 11 follows Elle, a true crime podcast host who is examining the cold case of a serial killer in the hopes of finally uncovering his identity. So I didn't like Elle and her 'it's all about ME' attitude, although I get the impression that I was supposed to. But I did have fun playing armchair detective with her and I really liked the podcast transcripts intertwined with the story. Unfortunately the last third of the book became convoluted and the characters illogical behaviours were too frus Girl, 11 follows Elle, a true crime podcast host who is examining the cold case of a serial killer in the hopes of finally uncovering his identity. So I didn't like Elle and her 'it's all about ME' attitude, although I get the impression that I was supposed to. But I did have fun playing armchair detective with her and I really liked the podcast transcripts intertwined with the story. Unfortunately the last third of the book became convoluted and the characters illogical behaviours were too frustrating for me to be able to get much enjoyment from the ending. 3⭐ I love the stunning cover! 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another dark, heart pounding, disturbing thriller is ready to give you nightmares and truly deserve to be read with full concentration at one sit. True crime podcast format combines with the narration of one of the toughest heroines you may love to be introduced: Elle Castillo is a true protector of young women who were victims of violence. Once upon a time she was a social worker and now she’s one of the most popular hosts to present true crime podcast. She’s specialized on cold cases of missi Another dark, heart pounding, disturbing thriller is ready to give you nightmares and truly deserve to be read with full concentration at one sit. True crime podcast format combines with the narration of one of the toughest heroines you may love to be introduced: Elle Castillo is a true protector of young women who were victims of violence. Once upon a time she was a social worker and now she’s one of the most popular hosts to present true crime podcast. She’s specialized on cold cases of missing girls and her main subject is Countdown Killer who is presumed to be dead. But Elle still insists he is out there waiting for kidnapping his latest victim. The killer is obsessed with the numbers. He ritually killed three girls each a younger than the other, captivated them for seven days and whipped them twenty one times after taking their lives. When he takes his 11th victim’s life, he suddenly stops. There are too many dead end theories explain why he stopped killing or what happened to him. But none of them are reliable facts. After 20 years later another child is kidnapped, showing exactly the same ritual he has been practicing years. Is it a copy cat or is he really back from death? Elle gets a tip from one of her listeners but as she accepts to meet with him, he finds his dead body, everything is getting more chaotic at each second and Elle drags herself a dangerous cat and mouse game. Will she help the officers to catch the real killer, can she save the 12th girl from her ominous fate. Buckle up and jump into this thrilling ride! I enjoyed the dark, claustrophobic premise and twisty, surprising, fast pacing story telling so I’m proudly giving for mind numbing, moving, action packed, disturbing four stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sharing this exciting reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Elle Castillo left her job as a social worker helping kids who were victims of violent crimes to start a podcast investigating cold cases of missing children. After four successful seasons resulting in solving cases, she is currently working on her most challenging case, that of the man nicknamed the countdown killer (TCK) who murdered young woman and girls in the 1990s. His MO was exactly the same in all nine cases, with the girls carefully chosen according to a formula and killed in the same m Elle Castillo left her job as a social worker helping kids who were victims of violent crimes to start a podcast investigating cold cases of missing children. After four successful seasons resulting in solving cases, she is currently working on her most challenging case, that of the man nicknamed the countdown killer (TCK) who murdered young woman and girls in the 1990s. His MO was exactly the same in all nine cases, with the girls carefully chosen according to a formula and killed in the same manner after the same period of time. Then he suddenly stopped, but Elle is convinced he is still out there and is determined to use her podcast to uncover new clues that will help to flush him out. I enjoyed the author's writing style, moving fluidly between the podcast and Elle's home life. The story unfolds slowly at first, gradually building tension by the middle of the book, after someone who arranged to meet Elle with information is killed. I was pleased that the police were involving Elle in working on the case and respected her ability as an investigator, rather than shutting her out, although they seemed unrealistically tolerant of her later in the investigation, especially once there were clearly conflicts of interest in her being involved. However, she's a strong character with good investigative skills and it would be great to see her again in a sequel. With thanks to Text Publishing and Netgalley for a copy to read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Podcasts and true crime seem to be all the rage these days. And I don’t get it. No, I mean, I intellectually understand the appeal of it on, but viscerally those things do nothing for me. Fictional crime on the other paw, yes, please. Even fictional crime involving podcasts, which is most definitely a thing, since this is the second such book I’ve read in just the last two weeks. This one was definitely the superior of the two, though. Superior, in fact, to a great many other thrillers I’ve rea Podcasts and true crime seem to be all the rage these days. And I don’t get it. No, I mean, I intellectually understand the appeal of it on, but viscerally those things do nothing for me. Fictional crime on the other paw, yes, please. Even fictional crime involving podcasts, which is most definitely a thing, since this is the second such book I’ve read in just the last two weeks. This one was definitely the superior of the two, though. Superior, in fact, to a great many other thrillers I’ve read recently. This book grabbed me from the get go and did not let go. Which is, presumably, the appeal of a good podcast, too. The basic plot revolves around Elle, the podcaster extraordinaire, who utilizes the platform to do investigative journalism/mystery solving, specializing in crimes never solved and oftentimes forgotten by many, though never the victims’ families. Because podcasts and true crime are so popular and because Elle is great at what she does, her show is trending and her fans are many. And so for her latest season she decides to go after the mysterious and terrifying TCK, The Countdown Killer, who terrorized Minnesota 20 years ago and then got dead, allegedly. At any rate, the killings were over, the countdown ended…or maybe just hit a prolonged snooze. The thing is, though, Elle is convinced TCK is still alive and a string of recent deaths and kidnappings is making that theory increasingly plausible. The police may not be on board and Elle might be going into this entirely too emotionally involved, her own childhood trauma colorizing her perspective, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t onto something. It’ll be a great story, if she lives long enough to tell it. So…just how dangerous it is to not let the sleeping serial killers eternal lie? Short answer…very. For longer answer…read the book. Seriously, do. It’s so freaking good. I’m a fan of dark psychological fiction and I read tons of these thrillers and it is so infrequently I stumble upon one so strikingly well done. This book is smart, dynamic, it lets you tag along on Elle’s journey and solve the mystery at her or your own pace, it doesn’t cheat its readers, the clues are laid out as they are discovered, plus you slowly get to know both Elle and the killer (when the time is right), find out what made them as they are. Elle remains a single narrator throughout and makes for a terrific compelling protagonist on her obsessive, sleep deprived quest. The wintery Minnesota provides a very apt canvas, after all what’s more striking than read blood on white snow. And yes, I did read it on a now unusual (thanks, global warming) snow day. I liked the story, the characters, the mystery. I really liked the writing, it realized the story with cinematic vividness. And I loved what the book had to say about the modern day serial killer obsession. Because we do, in so many ways, feed into their twisted psychosis by never shutting up about it. Not the things that solve crimes and actually make a difference, but the books and the movies about the crimes already solved, from attempts to understand their aberrant psychology to pure entertainment for entertainment’s sake. Most of the time these killers crave attention and we continue to give it to them, loads of it. Does the world need Zac Efron as Ted Bundy? It’s entertaining, sure, but isn’t all of that just feeding (posthumously or otherwise) the outsized egos of maniacs? Are they not best left forgotten or at least not Efroned? Might it be enough to just have your serial killers fictional, enjoying some well prepared livers? Should the abyss be stared at quite so intently? Are we so moral, good and conscientious that a contrast needs to be provided? Anyway…some food for thought there. Back to it…the book…very impressive, especially for a debut. In fact, as much as I abhor serials and adore standalones, I’d definitely check out the next season of Elle’s podcast, should the author decide to do a sequel. Finally, a properly thrilling thriller. Recommended. Thanks Netgalley. ​This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan Collins

    Delectably tense and terrifying, GIRL, 11 introduces us to a dormant serial killer and the podcaster who will stop at nothing—even her own safety—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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Bailey

    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. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elissa Dickey

    Do you ever have a book you're so excited to read, and then when you do, it's even more incredible than you expected? That book is GIRL, 11. This book was phenomenal and should be added to your TBR immediately! Between the propulsive plot and the format of podcast episodes between chapters, I could not put it down. The characters jump off the page - especially main character Elle, whose bravery and compassion pull you along on her journey to solve the case. GIRL, 11 is an outstanding debut that Do you ever have a book you're so excited to read, and then when you do, it's even more incredible than you expected? That book is GIRL, 11. This book was phenomenal and should be added to your TBR immediately! Between the propulsive plot and the format of podcast episodes between chapters, I could not put it down. The characters jump off the page - especially main character Elle, whose bravery and compassion pull you along on her journey to solve the case. GIRL, 11 is an outstanding debut that will stay with you long after you read the last page, and I can't wait to read future books by Amy Suiter Clarke!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    Girl, 11 started with a bang...I was in it, friends. Unfortunately, the final quarter of the book didn't live up to the rest. I read this solid debut novel in two sittings, or, should I say two "lyings," as I read it in bed in the middle of the night. I loved the transcripts of the podcast, and felt they were interwoven very successfully throughout the story. The novel was definitely compelling, as I read it in two nights instead of three, which is my norm. Having said that, I'm rating Girl, Girl, 11 started with a bang...I was in it, friends. Unfortunately, the final quarter of the book didn't live up to the rest. I read this solid debut novel in two sittings, or, should I say two "lyings," as I read it in bed in the middle of the night. I loved the transcripts of the podcast, and felt they were interwoven very successfully throughout the story. The novel was definitely compelling, as I read it in two nights instead of three, which is my norm. Having said that, I'm rating Girl, 11 3.5 stars...and here's why: 1. I didn't love Elle. She seemed very self-absorbed and frankly, wasn't nearly as smart or interesting as she thought. 2. In what dimension does a police force allow random civilians to help them solve kidnappings and murders? 3. The twists were way obvious. Like, I figured everything out...and I do mean everything...within the first twenty percent of the book. 4. The conclusion and epilogue were pretty silly. It didn't come off as deadly and dramatic, so much as cheesy and doofy. Regardless, I still think this is worth a look and I'll definitely read more by this author. Also, that book cover is perfection. Available April 20, 2021 My sincere appreciation to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for my review copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Libby Hubscher

    I will admit, the premise straight-up terrified me, but I took a chance and am so glad I did. This book is electrifying and intense--a thrilling tale of a serial killer awakening to restart their deadly pattern and the dogged podcaster who risks everything to stop them. It was perfectly crafted, dark and twisty tension the whole way through and I was absolutely riveted the entire time. Highly recommend this book!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    What can I say, except I LOVED this book from start to finish. The characters, the podcasts interspersed throughout, and the plot twists make this an incredible read that I didn't want to end. If you're fascinated by true crime podcasts or serial killers, you need to read this! What can I say, except I LOVED this book from start to finish. The characters, the podcasts interspersed throughout, and the plot twists make this an incredible read that I didn't want to end. If you're fascinated by true crime podcasts or serial killers, you need to read this!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    3.25 stars Elle Castillo, a former social worker is now the host of a popular true crime podcast that focuses on the cold cases of missing children in her hometown of Twin Cities. After two seasons, she decides to tackle the "The Countdown Killer" or TCK. The TCK had a pattern of killing three girls over seven days but stopped with his eleventh victim over twenty years ago. When Elle receives a phone call with a tip, she agrees the meet the man but instead discovers his dead body. Shortly thereaf 3.25 stars Elle Castillo, a former social worker is now the host of a popular true crime podcast that focuses on the cold cases of missing children in her hometown of Twin Cities. After two seasons, she decides to tackle the "The Countdown Killer" or TCK. The TCK had a pattern of killing three girls over seven days but stopped with his eleventh victim over twenty years ago. When Elle receives a phone call with a tip, she agrees the meet the man but instead discovers his dead body. Shortly thereafter, a child is abducted. Elle wants to help the officers find his killer and of course find the missing child. But will doing so put her in danger? Is the TCK killer still around? Was Elle correct in assuming he was still alive? Will she outsmart the killer, or will the killer outsmart her? This book had me torn between a 3 and a 3.5 rating. So, I finally decided on a 3.25. I enjoyed the podcast feel and the podcast sections in the book. This had an interesting premise. There are also some twists and a reveal along the way. I found this to be a very solid debut which I enjoyed. There was just that little bit of something missing to garner a higher star rating. But do not get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. Elle, for the most part, was not the most likeable character. Some things are understandable, but I think I would have liked her more if she were more sympathetic. I understand her desire and drive to catch the killer, but it also rubbed me the wrong way she expected the police to only follow her advice/leads when she goes to the police station. Some things I saw coming, but these issues do not really bother me in a book but for some reason, bothered me a little here. Perhaps because I had high hopes for this book having read the synopsis. Again, solid debut which shows promise. Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jayatissa

    Girl, 11 caught me completely by surprise, and I'm so glad it did. As a lover of true crime documentaries myself, I loved the narration style-- part transcripts from a true crime podcast, and part story of the podcast's host, Elle, who is dedicated to hunting down a serial killer that authorities presume dead. I truly marvel at the author's ability to have spun such a complex plot, and then narrate it a way which was both fresh and gripping. There was a reveal towards the 75% or so mark which I Girl, 11 caught me completely by surprise, and I'm so glad it did. As a lover of true crime documentaries myself, I loved the narration style-- part transcripts from a true crime podcast, and part story of the podcast's host, Elle, who is dedicated to hunting down a serial killer that authorities presume dead. I truly marvel at the author's ability to have spun such a complex plot, and then narrate it a way which was both fresh and gripping. There was a reveal towards the 75% or so mark which I thought was extremely clever, Elle was likable without being annoyingly perfect, and the pace kept me hooked for two straight evenings. A definite must-read if you like true crime podcasts or documentaries, and police procedurals with a fresh twist.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Elle Castillo is the host of cold case true crime podcast and has worked with the police on a few of these cases. Elle is going to tackle one of the most notorious cold cases which is very personal to her and that is the TCK (The Countdown Killer) serial killer who had never been identified and just stopped (his or her) murders twenty-two years ago for unknown reasons except one, his last victim escaped Girl 11. Elle hopes her podcast will bring new information to the case because she believes t Elle Castillo is the host of cold case true crime podcast and has worked with the police on a few of these cases. Elle is going to tackle one of the most notorious cold cases which is very personal to her and that is the TCK (The Countdown Killer) serial killer who had never been identified and just stopped (his or her) murders twenty-two years ago for unknown reasons except one, his last victim escaped Girl 11. Elle hopes her podcast will bring new information to the case because she believes this monster is still alive and with all the new scientific data on the forefront she feels that the police and herself can finally bring justice and peace to many of the victims and their families. This was a wonderfully written debut which had a lot of suspense, mystery and action. Elle is a very intriguing character. She is a good person and great at what she does and seemingly appears fearless but carries a lot of weight on her heart. Elle sometimes take too many risks which get her into very dangerous situations and loses the respect of some of her police contacts which she needs in her corner to actually bring these killers to justice. I really enjoyed this fast paced story with non-stop action in almost every chapter. I will look forward to reading more books by Amy Suiter Clarke in the future. I want to thank the publisher "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this terrific book and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I highly recommend this story to any mystery/suspense lover and give a rating of 4 Sinister 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    RK_reads

    A gripping and extremely tense novel, Girl 11 was a huge surprise for me who was expecting just another whodunit. Elle Castillo, a former social worker, now runs a true crime podcast that helps to solve cold cases. On the latest season of her show, Elle has taken up the case of The Countdown Killer that terrorised the town around 20years ago. Elle has her own personal reasons for wanting to catch the killer who brutally murdered ten young girls. Her obsession with the case causes Elle to take re A gripping and extremely tense novel, Girl 11 was a huge surprise for me who was expecting just another whodunit. Elle Castillo, a former social worker, now runs a true crime podcast that helps to solve cold cases. On the latest season of her show, Elle has taken up the case of The Countdown Killer that terrorised the town around 20years ago. Elle has her own personal reasons for wanting to catch the killer who brutally murdered ten young girls. Her obsession with the case causes Elle to take reckless actions and soon it seems like Elle's podcast has awoken the dormant killer who begins his spree again, this time hitting too close to home. Not having seen many reviews for Girl 11, I began reading this book half-heartedly. But the suspense-ridden plot quickly drew me in. Elle's impulsiveness, though annoying at times, begins to make sense when her backstory is revealed. From beginning to end, the author maintained a taut narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Longo

    Amazing! Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    What would you do to save the lives of children from a serial killer? What would you do if no one believed you? Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke is a thriller written in chapters that alternate between episodes of a true crime podcast, Justice Delayed, that the main character Elle records and present and past tense moments from multiple points of view relating to the Countdown Killer, his victims, and the investigation to bring justice to those he’s harmed. This book was different than other thrill What would you do to save the lives of children from a serial killer? What would you do if no one believed you? Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke is a thriller written in chapters that alternate between episodes of a true crime podcast, Justice Delayed, that the main character Elle records and present and past tense moments from multiple points of view relating to the Countdown Killer, his victims, and the investigation to bring justice to those he’s harmed. This book was different than other thrillers I have read recently due to the podcast element, changing points of view and movement of time between past and present. Enough clues were given throughout to keep me guessing and trying to solve the case, but not enough was revealed to spoil the ending or the journey. Overall a very enjoyable read and I will be looking for more books by Amy Suiter Clarke in the future!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aggie Thompson

    What lengths would you go to stop a serial killer from striking again? That’s what true-crime podcaster Elle faces in this tense, thrilling, and chilling story. Elle is whip-smart and determined to uncover a serial killer. She’s haunted by a mistake she made in the past, but buoyed by an awesome love and best friend. But chasing her demons puts everything at risk. Atmospheric and at times terrifying, this thriller has themes ripped from the headlines and a breathtaking pace. Anyone who loves tru What lengths would you go to stop a serial killer from striking again? That’s what true-crime podcaster Elle faces in this tense, thrilling, and chilling story. Elle is whip-smart and determined to uncover a serial killer. She’s haunted by a mistake she made in the past, but buoyed by an awesome love and best friend. But chasing her demons puts everything at risk. Atmospheric and at times terrifying, this thriller has themes ripped from the headlines and a breathtaking pace. Anyone who loves true crime podcasts will love the clever chapters that resemble podcast transcripts. Elle is smart, gutsy and compassionate and you are rooting for her in this race against time, For fans of I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I really liked the format of this book, in the form of a podcast looking into a series of kidnappings and murders of young females in Minnesota 20 years ago interspersed with present day occurrences in the life of Elle, the podcaster. Each victim was a year younger than the one before and the first victim was 20, except that the 11 year old escaped, hence the book title, plus there were specific numbers as to how long they were kept and when they were killed, the point of which was known only to I really liked the format of this book, in the form of a podcast looking into a series of kidnappings and murders of young females in Minnesota 20 years ago interspersed with present day occurrences in the life of Elle, the podcaster. Each victim was a year younger than the one before and the first victim was 20, except that the 11 year old escaped, hence the book title, plus there were specific numbers as to how long they were kept and when they were killed, the point of which was known only to the killer. The book was very well written and a smooth read. One of the best debut novels I've read. The tension really escalated during the last 25% or so of the book and I had to keep reading until I found out what happened. My only complaint would be the length of the chapters, or segments, since quite often I was ready to call it quits and I hate to stop when there isn't a chapter break. There are a few books currently out there with a podcast format and I don't think I'd like a steady diet of them so I'm glad I got to read this one first. The cover is very striking also. I'd definitely recommend this book to a friend and look forward to reading future books written by this author. This was my first read through NetGalley so many thanks to them and to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher, for the opportunity to read this book prior to publication.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Flynn

    Wow! What a debut this is. A razor-sharp, chilling story where the suspense ratcheted up to a fever pitch. Amy Suiter Clarke is truly masterful at building a mystery that continually twists and turns. I stayed up way too late reading this because I had to know what happened, and the twists had me shocked and awed! I was analyzing every clue in an attempt to figure out the mystery, and the mixture of podcast and narration works so effectively here. Loved this one!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Wowzas, this was an awesome book. I read a ton of thriller/mysteries and listen to lots of true crime podcasts so it is difficult to impress me in the psychological thriller aspect....but this one did! It was written as part podcast and part story which I didn't think I was going to enioy. However, the format grew on my very quickly and I found the interviews in the podcast an excellent way to add more details to the crimes. It was also a super unique way to talk about the past rather than the t Wowzas, this was an awesome book. I read a ton of thriller/mysteries and listen to lots of true crime podcasts so it is difficult to impress me in the psychological thriller aspect....but this one did! It was written as part podcast and part story which I didn't think I was going to enioy. However, the format grew on my very quickly and I found the interviews in the podcast an excellent way to add more details to the crimes. It was also a super unique way to talk about the past rather than the typical back and forth narrative. Loved the main character, she was fiesty and interesting and I am definitely hoping we see more of her. In this story she is chasing a decade old case called the Countdown Killer who is known for his particular numerical patterns in his killings. Super creepy. I highly highly recommend this book if you love a good psychological thriller. I devoured it in 2 days and it left me feeling just the perfect amount of creeped out like a good Criminal Minds episode. Don't miss out on this one!! Thanks Netgalley for the advanced copy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Elle is the host of a podcast that focuses on cold cases. Her current podcast is about an unsolved serial killer from 20 years ago who kidnapped and killed young girls, with the victims’ ages counting down from 20. “Girl, 11” is a thoroughly creepy and immensely entertaining novel dealing with Elle’s efforts to identify and bring to justice that serial killer. It’s nonstop suspense from the opening pages, absolutely great plot, and a thrilling finish. Set aside some time, as you will not be able Elle is the host of a podcast that focuses on cold cases. Her current podcast is about an unsolved serial killer from 20 years ago who kidnapped and killed young girls, with the victims’ ages counting down from 20. “Girl, 11” is a thoroughly creepy and immensely entertaining novel dealing with Elle’s efforts to identify and bring to justice that serial killer. It’s nonstop suspense from the opening pages, absolutely great plot, and a thrilling finish. Set aside some time, as you will not be able to stop once you start this book, and that’s no hyperbole. Fantastic debut novel, can’t wait for the next one. Five huge stars! I received an arc of this book from the publisher through @NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I read the majority of this book in one sitting--something I rarely do, but I just couldn't put it down. GIRL, 11 is an expertly crafted, fast-paced thriller. As a true crime podcast addict, I absolutely loved the way the narrative was weaved with transcripts. Amy Suiter Clarke took great care in her depiction of the victims, in her message about our fascination with serial killers, and with every page of this book. I absolutely loved it and really hope this is going to be a series. Give me more I read the majority of this book in one sitting--something I rarely do, but I just couldn't put it down. GIRL, 11 is an expertly crafted, fast-paced thriller. As a true crime podcast addict, I absolutely loved the way the narrative was weaved with transcripts. Amy Suiter Clarke took great care in her depiction of the victims, in her message about our fascination with serial killers, and with every page of this book. I absolutely loved it and really hope this is going to be a series. Give me more Elle Castillo, please. Highly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    I have read a lot of books that involve fictional true crime podcasts. Sometimes it can seem gimmicky, but other times it's a device that moves the narrative along and brings depth to the book's world. And the latter is the case in this thrilling novel. When I saw the pitch for the sale of this novel on Twitter, I knew immediately I had to follow the author and get the book when it was released. And I wasn't disappointed. Elle Castillo is the podcast host, who formerly worked for child services I have read a lot of books that involve fictional true crime podcasts. Sometimes it can seem gimmicky, but other times it's a device that moves the narrative along and brings depth to the book's world. And the latter is the case in this thrilling novel. When I saw the pitch for the sale of this novel on Twitter, I knew immediately I had to follow the author and get the book when it was released. And I wasn't disappointed. Elle Castillo is the podcast host, who formerly worked for child services in Minneapolis and now investigates cold cases, with some luck in the past. Now she's focusing on the case that she's been obsessed with for years - the Countdown Killer. This serial killer was operating in the nineties but suddenly stopped killing. He was presumed dead, but Elle thinks he's still out there, and she wants to catch him. As her podcast continues to lure the nation into TCK's evil pattern, a man emerges letting Elle know he has a tip for her. When Elle goes to talk to him, she finds him murdered. Luckily, Elle knows a lot of people on the force through her investigatory work. But when girls start disappearing again, Elle has to figure out what TCK is up to this time and what his endgame is. I just loved how comforting this story was despite the presence of pure evil within it. Elle has a supportive medical examiner husband, who adds his own expertise while not being suspicious or a bad guy in any way. Even when conflict arises, Elle's strength is enough to push through it. It's hard for me to talk about everything I loved here because there would be major spoilers, but all I can say is that I definitely cannot wait for more books by Amy Suiter Clarke.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen R.

    The premise of this book had me hooked, and I was so excited to receive it....and I was not disappointed. Girl, 11 is about a podcaster with a past that slowly unfolds, chasing new clues on a decade old serial killer. Is he dead? In jail? Reformed? We soon learn he is alive and well, and ready to continue where he left off years ago.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Brazier

    GIRL, 11 by @asuiterclarke is a must-read for any true crime fan. Track down a killer alongside a super savvy podcast host with plenty of twists and turns along the way. I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK meets SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. 5 out of 5 Elizas.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Wow! What a remarkable debut novel by Amy Suiter Clarke! This was so well written and hard to put down once I started to read. I thought the format of the book was really interesting, using transcripts from a true crime podcast was a great way to learn about past events and the case history. In the first two parts of the book the podcast transcripts alternate with the story from the podcast host Elle’s perspective, but in part 3 we also get additional points of view including the Countdown Kille Wow! What a remarkable debut novel by Amy Suiter Clarke! This was so well written and hard to put down once I started to read. I thought the format of the book was really interesting, using transcripts from a true crime podcast was a great way to learn about past events and the case history. In the first two parts of the book the podcast transcripts alternate with the story from the podcast host Elle’s perspective, but in part 3 we also get additional points of view including the Countdown Killer and his victims. There were enough clues given that you can piece parts of it together, but that didn’t take away from any of the suspense. This was a fantastic and suspenseful thriller that I highly recommend. 5/5⭐️ Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with this e-ARC to read and review. Girl, 11 will be available on April 20.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    Girl, 11 appealed to me for the same reason I have read (or tried to read) a number of similar books: I love novels featuring podcasts, particularly if they include episode transcripts, which this does. That is, theoretically I love novels featuring podcasts. At this point, it would be more accurate to simply say either ‘I love the concept’ or ‘I love the Six Stories books by Matt Wesolowski’. The others I’ve tried have all been average at best, and sadly, Girl, 11 doesn’t buck that trend. The p Girl, 11 appealed to me for the same reason I have read (or tried to read) a number of similar books: I love novels featuring podcasts, particularly if they include episode transcripts, which this does. That is, theoretically I love novels featuring podcasts. At this point, it would be more accurate to simply say either ‘I love the concept’ or ‘I love the Six Stories books by Matt Wesolowski’. The others I’ve tried have all been average at best, and sadly, Girl, 11 doesn’t buck that trend. The premise is solid. The protagonist, Elle, is the host of Justice Delayed, which aims to reinvestigate cold cases. The latest series focuses on the notorious ‘Countdown Killer’, who murdered several girls and young women twenty years earlier, but was never caught. The show reignites interest in the case – and also sparks what may be copycat crimes; Elle, however, is convinced the killer has returned. The story is told through a combination of the aforementioned transcripts and a third-person narrative following Elle. I was here for the transcripts, and I really enjoyed reading them. What I like about this storytelling method is that it allows for multiple viewpoints while maintaining a cohesive structure. The rest of the narrative is, unfortunately, much less compelling. I didn’t warm to Elle – or, really, anyone, perhaps partly because there are so many different identities and issues crammed into the story, many of which don’t have anything to do with the plot, or don’t need to be commented on every time a certain character appears (something that, for me, has the opposite of what I assume is the intended effect, as it reduces the character to their designated attribute). In the end I felt the story ran out of steam; I’m writing this review about a week after reading it, and the details haven’t stuck with me. It’s oddly bland for a story about a serial killer. (Love that cover, though.) I received an advance review copy of Girl, 11 from the publisher through NetGalley. TinyLetter | Linktree

  28. 5 out of 5

    Text Publishing

    The following book reviews have been shared by Text Publishing – publisher of Girl, 11 '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 wi The following book reviews have been shared by Text Publishing – publisher of Girl, 11 '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 ‘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 ‘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, 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 And Now She’s Gone, They All Fall Down and the Detective Lou Norton series '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 honouring victims of violence everywhere.’ Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone and Last Woman Standing ‘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 ‘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 ‘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

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was a wild ride! I loved the format of the novel- half of it in podcast form, half in regular narrative. Elle was a character to root for, even when she was at her most stubborn. And the case itself- The Countdown Killer and his victims, the new crimes that might be a copy cat or TCK out of retirement, all of Elle's relationships, all these plot points weaved together to make for a thriller that's hard to put down. And the ending! It's definitely the kind of ending you long to discuss This book was a wild ride! I loved the format of the novel- half of it in podcast form, half in regular narrative. Elle was a character to root for, even when she was at her most stubborn. And the case itself- The Countdown Killer and his victims, the new crimes that might be a copy cat or TCK out of retirement, all of Elle's relationships, all these plot points weaved together to make for a thriller that's hard to put down. And the ending! It's definitely the kind of ending you long to discuss with others, so I'm putting this on my list of possible book club picks!

  30. 5 out of 5

    R.W.R. Mcdonald

    An exceptional debut, GIRL, 11 kept me up reading late at night, yelling “F. yeah!” several times, as well as flipping back pages with all those “Whaaaaaaaat?” moments. A great hero in Elle Castillo, who is flawed, smart and accomplished, my biggest sadness though is once I raced through to the end, realising Elle’s true crime podcast series, Justice Delayed, does not exist IRL. I would so binge that! Clever and assured, Suiter Clarke has created a world in GIRL,11 that is nuanced, diverse and w An exceptional debut, GIRL, 11 kept me up reading late at night, yelling “F. yeah!” several times, as well as flipping back pages with all those “Whaaaaaaaat?” moments. A great hero in Elle Castillo, who is flawed, smart and accomplished, my biggest sadness though is once I raced through to the end, realising Elle’s true crime podcast series, Justice Delayed, does not exist IRL. I would so binge that! Clever and assured, Suiter Clarke has created a world in GIRL,11 that is nuanced, diverse and with depth. The details within the novel, from the method of the killer, to police procedural, to forensics through to creating a podcast are impressive and make you feel you are in the hands of an expert. Also evident throughout is an emphasis on victims of crime, not only within the story but also by the author, rather than the glorification of a serial killer, it is very well done and never didactic. Not that The Countdown Killer (TCK) isn’t suitably creepy and awful. Suiter Clarke has done an excellent job in bringing this serial killer to life in a way that made it feel like true crime, like Elle’s podcast in the book, rather than a fiction character. Highly recommend GIRL, 11

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