Arrested for murder on her sixteenth birthday and extradited to a corrupt juvenile prison, Emily—“the missing Calby girl”—fights for her life against a vindictive prosecutor in an explosive trial as the dark secrets behind the prison walls close in.
The Girl in Cell 49B
“[A] must-read thriller... engrossing... memorable. By adding all the right ingredients of emotions, action, corruption, justice, courtroom drama, and gentle romance, Dorian Box has created a potential bestseller.”
—Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Seal)
Emily Calby disappeared at age twelve, the only survivor of a notorious home invasion. Three years after her terrifying odyssey in The Hiding Girl, she’s safe, living in anonymity with her mentor, ex-gang member Lucas Jackson—before life blows up again on her sweet sixteen birthday. Arrested for carrying her gift from Lucas (an illegal handgun), a fingerprint scan shows her to be the “missing Calby girl” and worse: she’s wanted for murder in another state.
Extradited to a corrupt juvenile prison, Emily struggles to adjust to a new code of survival while facing a vindictive prosecutor willing to resort to any means to convict her. As The Law thwarts her every move, she begins to appreciate its awesome power. She discovers an unused prison law library and buries herself in it, casting her destiny.
As she fights for her life in court, the dark secrets behind the prison walls close in. Her cellmate, a spookily prescient drug addict, is in grave danger. So is her first love, a gentle boy sentenced to life without parole. Emily’s desperate to help them, but how can she, when her explosive trial brings one new disaster after another? (This second title in the Emily Calby Series works perfectly well as a standalone.)
Praise for The Hiding Girl (Emily Calby Book 1):
“Dark and gritty… an exceptional, heart-pounding story full of raw emotion, deep-seated fear, and an undercurrent of hope and innocence… without peer in contemporary mysteries/thrillers.”
—Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize Semifinalist
“[A] unique mix of hope, shattered innocence, pain, fear, and vulnerability… a great, suspenseful read.”
—Readers’ Favorite Award in Suspense Fiction
“In Emily, author Dorian Box has created a rarity—a teenage protagonist that is at once sympathetic, vulnerable and largely fearless... This sharp characterization within a fast-paced work of suspense makes The Hiding Girl one of the year’s most exciting series openers.”
—BestThrillers.com (named a 2020 Best Thriller of the Year)
“The story that author Dorian Box has created for Emily Calby is nothing short of thrilling, but it’s The Hiding Girl’s masterful interplay of character, setting, and theme, along with its fast-pace and high emotional stakes that makes it a real page-turner.”
—IndieReader (starred review, Official Seal of Approval)