The Girl Remains by Katherine Firkin is an electrifying police thriller, which is set in the small coastal town of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula.
The discovery of human bones on the isolated Koonya Ocean Beach reawaken a twenty-year-old mystery involving three teenage girls.
In September 1998 three fifteen-year-old school friends, Cecilia, Gypsy and Scarlett, ventured out in the middle of the night to an area near the beach. However, only two of the girls returned!
The disappearance of Cecilia May has remained a baffling cold case ever since.
When the human bones come to light, Detective Emmett Corban and his team are detailed to re-open the investigation.
Corban re-examines the confession of a local registered sex offender, who had then, almost immediately, provided a rock-solid alibi!
There are also the statements from Cecilia’s two friends, whose stories are confusing and differ greatly. Other witness accounts and timelines are conflicting and, after so many years, the case is proving impossible to solve.
Also, unknown to Corban, his wife, a freelance photographer for the Australian Associated Press, is also taking an interest in the case. Will this interest be discovered and put their marriage at risk?
And, who is the stranger who has come to the town to seek retribution?
This is an electrifying, edge of the seat mystery that will satisfy those who love following the twists and turns of a great thriller to its shocking reveal at the very end.
Emmett Corban is an interesting and believable character, as are his wife and team, who add extra dimensions to the narrative.
Here’s hoping Corban will continue to intrigue and delight readers of this genre of fiction!
A must-read for 2021!
The Girl Remains is available in paperback, e-book and audiobook
About Katherine Firkin
Katherine Firkin is a Melbourne journalist, currently with CBS New York. She has over a decade of experience and has worked across every medium – print, online, television and radio. Katherine began her career at the Herald Sun newspaper (News Corp), where she specialised in sports reporting (winning an AFL Media award in 2008), before moving to breaking news, including crime and court reporting. During this time, she covered some of Victoria’s most notorious criminal affairs, including the death and funeral of underworld figure Carl Williams. She has also worked for Seven West Media (7 News, 7 Sport), 3AW Radio, the Nine Network’s Today show, and Network Ten, and has been a regular international correspondent for multiple global outlets. Katherine has been writing fiction from a young age, and she studied literature and journalism at university. Her debut novel is inspired by the many criminal trials she has covered.