Review: The Girl in Cell 49B by Dorian Box

Author: Dorian Box
Series: Emily Calby #2
Publisher: Friction Press
Released: March 1st, 2021
Received: BookishFirst
Warnings: Rape, assault, murder, kidnapping, revenge

The Girl in Cell 49B is the second novel in Dorian Box’s Emily Calby series. As the series title probably gives away, this is a thrilling mystery series. One worth checking out.

Emily Calby’s’ whole life changed when she was twelve years old. A home invasion took away the lives of the rest of her family. Then, she was taken away from Lucas Jackson, and for three years, she lived an anonymous life.

When she was sixteen, her life once again was thrown into upheaval. She made a mistake, and it got her arrest. The arrest turned up her history, and suddenly it was revealed that she was the missing Calby girl.

Unfortunately, her problems don’t exactly stop there, as this isn’t the only result that a fingerprint scan brings up. Emily’s life is about to get a whole lot more complicated, as she fights for freedom, safety, and her life.

“Dad always said go for the balls, but Lucas taught me that crushing a man’s trachea is more reliable.”

The Girl in Cell 49B is a dark and daring thriller, one that throws Emily Calby through countless scenarios before it is all said and done. If you’re looking for a fast-paced read, then this is the one for you.

I should probably mention that while this is the second novel in the series, I hadn’t actually read the first (The Hiding Girl). Despite that, I had no trouble following along. For that reason, I do almost feel like The Girl in Cell 49B could be a standalone novel. Especially for those that are curious but can’t wait to give it a try (guilty).

The novel does a great job of getting new readers up to speed – running us through the details of Emily’s past. That may be a great refresher for fans that read the first novel, or it may be too much. I’m not certain.

It was interesting to see Emily’s life in a juvenile detention center – though naturally, it was still pretty disturbing to read about at times. Still, I was surprised by how many twists and turns Dorian Box managed to sneak into this story. Clearly, I’m going to have to set aside some time and see what happened in The Hiding Girl, if it’s anything like the sequel.

Thanks to Friction Press and #BookishFirst for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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