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Girl on Trial

Girl on Trial

By Kathleen Fine
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Suspense, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Imprint: CamCat Books
Audiobook : 9780744306934, October 2023
Hardcover : 9780744306835, 336 pages, October 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744306903, October 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744306873, 468 pages, October 2023

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Sixteen-year-old Emily Keller is charged with causing the deaths of a family of four, but what really happened that fateful night—and who’s responsible—is anything but straightforward.


Does doing one bad thing make you a bad person?

Sixteen-year-old Emily Keller, known by the media as Keller the Killer, is accused of causing the deaths of a family of four, including young children. Emily is one of the youngest females to be accused of a crime so heinous, making this the nation’s biggest trial of the year. But what really happened that fateful night—and who’s responsible—is anything but straightforward.

Living in a trailer park in Baltimore with her twin brother and alcoholic mother, Emily’s life hasn’t been easy. She’s had to grow up fast, and like any teen, has made questionable decisions in a desperate attempt to fit in with her peers. Will her mistakes amount to a guilty verdict and a life in prison? It’s up to the jury to decide.

For readers who enjoy Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.


“In her sharp debut Girl on Trial, Kathleen Fine deftly weaves the past with 16 year-old Emily Keller’s present-day manslaughter trial, allowing readers to put together the puzzle pieces of what really happened the day everyone says Emily killed an entire family. With her vivid characters and a well-developed setting, Fine evokes compassion for people trying their best and reminds us that there’s more to every story than meets the eye. Girl on Trial asks readers to wonder: are we more than our biggest mistake, and does everyone deserve redemption?” —Jessie Weaver, author of Live Your Best Lie

“Kathleen Fine has written a compassionate, thought-provoking thriller that will have readers asking themselves big questions about redemption while also turning the pages with breathless anticipation.” —Christie Tate, author of NYT bestseller Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

“Gripping, tragic, but ultimately hopeful.” Kirkus Reviews

“Reality wars with public perception in Girl on Trial, a suspenseful thriller in which a maligned teenager is forced to fight for justice.” Foreword Reviews