Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Girl, 11 (June 2021)

By Amy Suiter Clarke

June 15, 2021

Former social worker Elle Castillo is the host of a popular 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 victum, 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?

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