The Names of Dead Girls, by Eric Rickstad
After reading Eric Rickstad’s The Silent Girls, it was exciting to begin his next release. In The Names of Dead Girls, Frank Rath, former police detective, now private investigator, returns. This time his daughter, Rachel, must follow her own path in the story.
Rachel Rath senses someone watching her.
After learning her parents had not been killed in an accident, but by a man’s hand, Rachel has been reeling, trying to regroup. Sixteen years ago, the man they call Preacher murdered Rath’s sister and husband—Rachel’s parents–leaving their infant daughter alive upstairs. Frank adopted and raised her in their place.
At the same time, Preacher—a murderer—is paroled.
Frank Rath has good cause to be suspicious of Preacher. Now, with his daughter’s life in jeopardy, he wants the murderer back in prison where he belongs. Is it paranoia or is the Preacher after Rachel? What if rath is wrong? What if it isn’t preacher?
An Intense Thriller
The psychological duel between Rath and Preacher sharpens the tale. It makes it more intense, creepier even. Bad enough his sister’s murderer was released from prison, but to have him so close would be frightening and nerve wracking.
The novel is suspenseful, with a complex plot that will keep you awake at night, even after you finish reading. Plus it is one that urges you to keep reading to discover what happens next. It features well developed characters. That means you will see both strengths and weaknesses in each.
Scary twists will keep you on edge as Rachel puts herself in the middle of things. It reflects how manipulation can be so effective, even against our awareness of danger. It should keep you guessing.
I received a copy of this book as part of a book tour. I purchased the audio version from Audible to be able to switch back and forth. The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, suits the ambience as well as the voice of Rath; Serious, deep, thoughtful. Great narration with excellent timing.
If you enjoy a suspenseful psychological thriller, you will want to put this one on your list!
The Names of Dead Girls
by Eric Rickstad
on Tour from September 18 – October 2, 2017
William Morrow is thrilled to present the sequel to the New York Times and USA Today mega-bestseller The Silent Girls, which went on to sell more than 300,000 copies. The Names of Dead Girls is a dark, twisty thriller that once again features detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a perverse killer through rural Vermont. By popular demand, the story picks up after the shocking cliffhanger on the last page of The Silent Girls and reveals what exactly happens between Rath and his nemesis, Ned Preacher. Although The Names of Dead Girls is a sequel, it reads perfectly as a standalone – new readers can dive in seamlessly.
After years spent retired as a private investigator, Frank Rath is lured back into his role as lead detective in a case that hits far too close to home. Sixteen years ago, depraved serial rapist and killer Ned Preacher brutally murdered Rath’s sister and brother-in-law while their baby daughter, Rachel, slept upstairs. In the aftermath, Rath quit his job as a state police detective and abandoned his drinking and womanizing to adopt Rachel and devote his life to raising her alone.
Now, unthinkably, Preacher has been paroled early and is watching—and plotting cruelties for—Rachel, who has just learned the truth about her parents’ murders after years of Rath trying to protect her from it. The danger intensifies when local girls begin to go missing, in crimes that echo the past. Is the fact that girls are showing up dead right when Preacher was released a coincidence? Or is he taunting Frank Rath, circling his prey until he comes closer and closer to the one he left behind—Rachel? Rath’s investigation takes him from the wilds of Vermont to the strip clubs of Montreal, but it seems that some evil force is always one step ahead of him.
Eric Rickstad is a master of the bone-chilling, nightmare-inducing thriller, and The Names of Dead Girls is one you won’t want to miss.
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 0062672819 (ISBN13: 9780062672810)
Series: The Silent Girls #2
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Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Canaan Crime Series—Lie in Wait, The Silent Girls, and The Names of Dead Girls, psychological thrillers set in northern Vermont and heralded as intelligent, profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. His first novel Reap was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. Rickstad lives in his home state of Vermont with his wife, daughter, and son.
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