The Names of Dead Girls

The Names of Dead Girls

by Eric Rickstad


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“As I read Eric Rickstad’s latest, The Names of Dead Girls, I felt myself constantly wanting to skip ahead -- anxious, desperate, to find out what was going to happen...You’re in the hands of one of the best in the business, at the very peak of his form. “ -- Michael Harvey, author of Brighton

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eric Rickstad delivers another Canaan Crime novel and features once again detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont.

Every murder tells a story. Some stories never end . . .

In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free.

Detective Frank Rath adopted Rachel, his niece, after the shocking murder of her parents when she was a baby. Ever since, Rath’s tried to protect her from the true story of her parents’ deaths. But now Preacher is calling Rath to torment him. He’s threatening Rachel and plotting cruelties for her, of the flesh and of the mind. When other girls are found brutally murdered, and a woman goes missing, Rath and Detective Sonja Test must untangle the threads that tie these new crimes and some long-ago nightmares together. Soon they will learn that the truth is more perverse than anyone could guess, rife with secrets, cruel desires, and warped, deadly loyalty.

Mesmerizing, startling, and intricately plotted, The Names of Dead Girls builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise, luring readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062672803
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: Canaan Crime Novels , #3
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 72,499
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Silent Girls, Lie in Wait, and Reap, novels heralded as intelligent and profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. He lives in his home state of Vermont with his wife, daughter, and son.

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The Names of Dead Girls 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
michelle_s_willms More than 1 year ago
This is a mystery that couples a parent’s worst nightmare with brutal crimes committed upon young girls. As a detective races to find a released murderer in order to protect his daughter, he finds that there might be more than one mystery he needs to solve before his worst nightmare finally be laid to rest. This is a relentless read, the pace is rapid-fire, with high tension and drama. Most of the characters are vividly created, with a villain that is chilling and believable. The crimes mentioned in the book commonly occur and I was glad to see an author addressing the issue head-on (you’ll have to read the book if you want to know what those crimes are…no spoilers here). The book was well-written and gripped me by the throat and held me there until I finished the book. The grip was so tight, I read the book in one sitting. This is an outstanding read that I recommend for those who love a good crime story or who are searching for a great writer of thrilling mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evil vanquished. Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep them coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. Would have liked it more without the profanity but it is a nail Biter, kept me reading late into the middle of the night.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
CMash More than 1 year ago
This book was calling me with the cover, synopsis, and reviews that I had seen and I made quite a good decision to read it, which I did in two sittings. Even though this was 2nd in the series, it read easily as a stand-alone. The novel had layer upon layer of suspense with a cast of unsavory characters that I had difficulty in trying to figure out the “whodunit” and even then, was quite shocked with the climatic ending. Didn’t see that one coming!!! The story flowed at a frantic pace. An exciting and thrilling read!! This author is now on my “authors to read list” and will be reading his previous books while patiently waiting for his future novels. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a thrilling and tense read!!
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Mysteries and thrillers have always been at the top of my favorite list for reading material. Unfortunately, it's made me quite numb to a lot of the thrill that authors write. This book is an exception. Eric Rickstad had my skin crawling very early on in the book (in a GOOD way!). I haven't read the first of the series yet - but it's on my purchase list so I feel like I need to go back and read it; then re-read The Names of Dead Girls to get the full-effect. I'm guessing I will be up for days because just the second book, alone, had me reading from cover to cover in just one evening. Within the first third of the book, I was feeling paranoid, anxious, and almost breathless at times. The intensity is literally bone-chilling deep. In most mysteries/thrillers, I want to put myself in place of the hero but honestly, Preacher was written so intensely that I would count myself out. Each character has a deeply developed personality that makes the story realistic-feeling. The pain and agony felt by victims infiltrates every sense with an increasing pace as each chapter continues. I'm looking forward to the next book! I received an ARC with no obligation to review. All opinions are 100% my own!
Holly More than 1 year ago
The Names Of Dead Girls is the story of what happens when a murderer is released back into the world and everything slowly starts falling apart for the families. Rachel Rath is a college student in a small, Northern Vermont town when the killer of her parents, Preacher is released from jail. Her uncle, Detective Frank Rath knew this day was coming but he wasn't prepared for the phone calls that Preacher would make to him, making threats against Rachel and what he would do to her. With other girls are found murdered and a woman tied to Preacher goes missing, Frank and Detective Sonja Test are put to the test to figure out who is behind everything. It takes Rachel learning about how her parents died to want to protect herself from Preacher before it's too late or is it? It all comes down to a spine-tingling ending that will leave you breathless on how it all ends for everyone. This book was amazing!! The way this book draws you in from the first page to the very last words, is truly amazing that a book like this will leave you breathless for what had happened. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if you are looking for a fast paced Thriller that will have you still thinking about what had happened long after reading it, this book is for you! Even though this is the second book in this series, I never noticed it until I went to look up more about this Author and yes, I'm gonna be reading that book someday soon as well! Thank You to Eric Rickstad for making me become a fan of yours with this one great book of yours and a series that I so can't wait to see what is to come in the future! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad is a highly recommended police procedural/thriller. Detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test work together again to track a depraved killer through rural Vermont and into Canada. This is a sequel to The Silent Girls, but can be read as a stand alone novel. Rachel Rath is now a college student and she us being watched. Frank Rath and Rachel are sure the man who is watching her is the same man who killed her parents when she was a baby. Ned Preacher is out on parole now and he has called Frank, threatening Rachel. Frank has tried to protect his niece/adopted daughter from the horrifying details of her parents death, but now Rachel wants to know - and she may need to since Preacher is planning to harm her. When Dana Clark, a woman who was the only survivor of an attack by the Connecticut River Valley Killer, goes missing, and another girl is found murdered, Frank Rath leaves retirement and works again with Sonja Test to investigate the murders and try to figure out if it is the Preacher or someone else. They are looking at old cases along with the new ones to try and piece together the information they need to find the killer. This includes withing with Canadian police detective Inspector Gerard Champine. Apparently there have been similar murder cases in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The writing is excellent and there are several twists to the plot. Rickstad does an excellent job developing his characters while ratcheting up the suspense as the murder investigation is underway. The ever present, oppressive fog is both a character and a setting in The Names of Dead Girls. The heavy fog infiltrates the whole book and creates a foreboding atmosphere that, in turn, increases the tension you feel when reading. The Preacher and the heavy fog are both very creepy. This is a nail biter, full of suspense, and should hold your attention from start to finish. It did feel like the actual procedural part, the detective work, was slightly lacking and it would have been nice to see more of the steps and the discovery as it all pertained to the investigation. While the main investigation is solved, there are still a few unanswered questions that may point to another book in the series. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love The Names of Dead Girls! I want to sit in a deer stand with Frank Rath and drink a few Molsons while we take in the flora and fauna of rural Vermont--who knows what else we might see. I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy/proof, with no obligation to write a review. I loved The Silent Girls--from start to finish(es). If you like great writing and being scared out of your wits, you'll love The Names of Dead Girls. The story is great and the characters are unforgettable. Rath is my new favorite cop. There is a motel owner who I (you) will never forget. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll stop. I've pre-order my copy and I'll read it again because it is damn good. There had better be a third one in the works!