Church of Dead Girls

Church of Dead Girls

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by Stephen Dobyns

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For decades, the faded, rural upstate New York village has lain dormant—until it is startlingly stirred to life wen, one by one, three young girls vanish...

Nightmare are turned into horrifying reality when their corpses are found, brutally murdered, each missing their left hand...

Now, as the search for a madman gets underway, suspicion shrouds the quiet

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For decades, the faded, rural upstate New York village has lain dormant—until it is startlingly stirred to life wen, one by one, three young girls vanish...

Nightmare are turned into horrifying reality when their corpses are found, brutally murdered, each missing their left hand...

Now, as the search for a madman gets underway, suspicion shrouds the quiet streets of Aurelius when its residents soon realize that monster lives amongst them...

But no even prayers can save their loved ones from the rage of a twisted mind who has only just begun his slaughter...

Editorial Reviews
The successive disappearances of three young girls rip a small town in New York's Hudson Valley from its Currier & Ives tranquillity and turn it into a hotbed of paranoia and suspicion. Think Thornton Wilder if he'd written Our Town with Richard Speck.

—Rick Koster

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St. Martin's Press
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4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.09(d)

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Stephen King
If ever there was a tale for a moonless night, a high wind, and a creaking floor, this is it…Very rich, very scary, very satisfying.

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The Church of Dead Girls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was really good. I read it while i was in high school and i always think about it and couldn't remember the title until now. It was a great read and i liked how it kept me thinking till in the end where you figured out what was actually going on and who was behind all of it. Im into those kind of stories so there ya go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One at a time, three young girls disappear without a trace in a sleepy, seemingly safe community. Each time, their clothes are returned anonymously--neatly cleaned and ironed and placed in a box along with a mannaquin's left hand and a list of "severed" dirty words. The only thing that is fairly certain is that the person responsible is someone in their midst. But who? Although the narrator leads the reader through a frustrating experience trying to determine who could have done such a hideous crime, this is much more an inquiry into the human condition as it is a whodunit. There were many, many characters, and each one is suspect, including the narrator. I became at times extremely frustrated reading this story, and began to realize that this is exactly what the author, Stephen Dobyns wanted to have happen. In reading the book, you become a member of this community, and can begin to understand the level of fear and frustration that these people were living under. Those emotions led some people to turn on their neighbors and friends and to do things they might not normally do. Unlike some of the other readers who have posted their reviews here, I had no idea who was responsible until very near the end. And then the final little commentary at the very end, left me feeling chilled. I gobbled this book up and look forward to reading more of this fine author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book, I just couldn't stop thinking about all the people in the book, nor could I figure out who 'did it'. I actually don't read mysteries - I love real-life dramas, like in the Oprah club books. This one combined the dramas yet I was always intrigued with who was killing the girls. And the author has an amazing way of getting into people's heads and communicating their secret motives and reasons why people do what they do...why they act as they act, etc. I love studying human behavior and this was a GREAT and realistic avenue to learn more about it, while being totally entertained. Can't wait to read his next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this back when it first came out. I had difficulty putting it down. The descriptions are so vivid, you can picture the sleepy town where the horror takes place in your mind. It is a place you can picture having been to before. The characters are people you have met. Great for those long days when you are home from work with the flu!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover to cover at work while on my lunch break, and I got some strange looks from my co-workers... But, it was SO good that I hated to put it down at the end of lunch!! Slow in spots, but kept me guessing until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great -- it is chilling in a realistic manner. It was very hard to put down, and I couldn't wait till the end of the day so that I could curl up in bed and read. Dobyns, in my opinion, is without a doubt one of the finest authors I've had the pleasure of reading. His works are so detailed and they come to life; he is a true artist. I also strongly recommend 'Boy in the Water' for another suspenseful and creepy tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book a while ago. i remember when i first started to read it, i was like 'oh man, there's a lot of characters i need to stay up with'. i thought i was gonna die if i didn't catch every detail. well when i got towards the end of the book i realized i didn't need to fret, it wasn't as shocking as i thought. but it was still a very good read and one of these days i'll read it again without worrying about all the details.
Guest More than 1 year ago
once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop! the narrator seemed so real, I could picture his entire cluttered house with teapot, glass jars, and all.. I worried about the young girls who were stalked.. I couldn't figure out who the killer was until I was 3/4 through the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seriously made me have panic attacks while lying in bed. I think that if any book can make you feel that strong is worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible book. Everytime I put it down I had to pick it right back up. Shows the true horrors a person fears to see or show. Wonderfully put together, from the first to the very last page. A must read book, it will pull you in, and you'll wont want to get out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book asks a basic question- what is the source of hysteria and who is safe once it's shown it's ugly face. A remarkable work that probes deeply into the idealization of rural American life and exposes the not so nice side of living in a small contained place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was obsessed with this book from the first page. During the next 3 days I would not let it go, everywhere I went the book went too. It was like if the book was surgically implanted to my hand. What makes this book so creepy is that its subject matter is a sickening reality that we hear about far too often. It is frightening to imagine that so many people can use normality as a mask for madness. You start to wonder what others REALLY do behind closed doors. The paranoia is highly contagious..READ IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read that I hard time putting the book down. The characters are so true to life. It's a suspenseful thriller that delves into the human psyche and it speaks volumes about the power of assumptions. It's a great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome. it really makes you think, and you may come to realize how true the actions of the people in the book compare to those of real life. i highly reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the church of deads girls was an excellent book that kept you in suspense until the very end. you never know what to expect. dobyns is constantly coming out with new surprising twists to keep the reader enthralled!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I hated this book. It was garbage. Too many characters and it took a while to get to te good part and the ending wsnt even a a shocker , i saw it coming form miles away.