A chilling police thriller set in a small coastal town on the Mornington Peninsula, where the discovery of human bones on an isolated beach has reawakened a twenty-year-old cold case…
On the evening of September 22, 1998, three teenage girls venture out for a night of mischief in the coastal town of Blairgowrie. But only two return…
For over twenty years the disappearance of fifteen-year-old Cecilia May remains a baffling cold case – until human bones are discovered on an isolated beach.
Now it’s up to Detective Emmett Corban and his team to dig up decades of trauma, and find the missing piece of an investigation that’s as complex as it is tragic.
Does the answer lie with the only suspect, a registered sex offender who confessed, then immediately provided a rock-solid alibi? Or with the two teen survivors – neither of whom can keep their story straight?
But the police aren’t the only ones hunting for the truth: someone else has arrived in the seaside town. And she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to find her own version of justice…
Katherine Firkin’s Sticks and Stones was easily one of the creepiest novels I read last year and has stuck with me ever since. Her follow-up, The Girl Remains, reaffirms just how much I enjoy following Detective Emmett Corban and the chilling crimes Firkin throws her way.
If you haven’t already read Sticks and Stones, do yourself a favour and go read it before picking up this sequel. However, it should be noted that The Girl Remains can definitely be read as a standalone novel.
As a journalist, Firkin has covered some of Victoria’s most notorious criminal affairs. This experience shines through in the novel, lending a certain authenticity to her writing; the crime scenes were gritty and realistic, and Firkin’s research was spot-on.
As we follow Corban, Firkin slowly builds tension, which grows with every new clue and potential lead, and doesn’t let up until that unforgettable conclusion. Corban is the kind of character that stays with you well after putting the book down, and I’m glad Firkin has decided to continue her story here.
The Girl Remains is an outstanding follow-up to Sticks and Stones, blending an electrifying atmosphere with a masterfully plotted story. Firkin has clearly shown she isn’t done with Detective Emmett Corban, and I can’t wait to see where she takes her next.