The Silent Girls

The Silent Girls

by Eric Rickstad

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Soon Rath's investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere—and no one is safe.

Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062351517
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Canaan Crime Novels , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 4,849
File size: 734 KB

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.

What People are Saying About This

Jake Hinkson

The Silent Girls is a thrilling ride to very dark places. I kept turning pages, scared of what I'd find but compelled to look. It'll keep you reading all the way up to its shattering conclusion. --Jake Hinkson, author of Hell on Church Street and The Big Ugly

Stephen Foreman

From the very first, a feeling of dread crept over me and stayed with me until the end, and remains with me days later. The Silent Girls is love and terror, a mix of intense feelings that seeps into your heart and does not go away. --Stephen Foreman, author of the novels Watching Gideon and Toe Hold

Roger Smith

Finely drawn characters, a narrative that beguiles and surprises and stark, poetic writing make for a novel as dark and brooding as its rural Vermont setting. The Silent Girls is both an exceptional detective story and a terrifying meditation on good and evil. --Roger Smith, international best-selling author of Wake Up Dead, Dust Devils, Mixed Blood and Sacrifices

Paul Doiron

Eric Rickstad's The Silent Girls is a bone-chilling mystery set in one of New England's darkest corners, the kind of place travelers are well-advised to avoid after nightfall. This well-crafted book will have you staying up late, turning pages and afraid to turn off the light. --Paul Doiron, author of The Poacher's Son

Steve Ulfelder

The Silent Girls is Vermont's own True Detective...Three-dimensional characters, a moody rural-noir vibe, and a compulsively readable story make this a stunner of a crime novel! --Steve Ulfelder, Edgar finalist author of Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage

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The Silent Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Silent Girls is a riveting dark psychological thriller that follows private investigator Frank Rath's investigation into a string of mysterious disappearances of teenage girls during the dead of winter in the rural town of Canaan, Vermont. Author Eric Rickstad weaves an intense tale of horror, mystery, and suspense, with intriguing twists and turns that easily captivates the reader's attention from the beginning to the story's dramatic conclusion. The story centers around private investigator Frank Rath who is called upon to assist the rural town of Canaan, Vermont's police department in the investigation of the mysterious disappearances of several teenage girls. The investigation hits home for Frank, as demons from his past come back to haunt him: when he was a police detective his sister and brother-in-law were murdered by a sadistic killer known as "The Preacher," leaving his niece Rachel an orphan. Frank turned in his detective badge and became a private investigator in order to raise Rachel as his daughter. Fast forward to the present, Rachel is in college and "The Preacher" is up for parole, leading Frank to have to deal with his darkest fears once again. Is there a connection between the disappearance of the teenage girls to "The Preacher?" Even in small friendly rural towns evil and danger lurk ... The Silent Girls is a gripping dark psychological thriller that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next as Frank is drawn into the investigation of the disappearances of the missing girls while dealing with his personal demons. The author does a great job of slowly building a suspenseful and complex tale that has surprising and dramatic twists and turns; a fascinating cast of characters; and a rich description of the setting that easily transports the reader to the small rural Vermont town during the heart of the dark winter season, it's enough to send chills down your back. The Silent Girls is a riveting and gritty storyline that delves into Frank's painful past; the connection between the mystery of the missing girls; the dynamics of a radical cult; and the touchy social issue of abortion. This is a story that takes the reader on a fascinating thrill ride while keeping them engaged and turning the pages. If you are a fan of dark crime mysteries, suspense, and psychological thrillers, then The Silent Girls is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Silent Girls is one of those stories that grabs you from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. A very creepy murder mystery. Young women are missing and turning up dead which is bad enough but Frank Rath is tormented with these deaths. Why? His sister and brother in law were murdered many years ago and the case had not been solved. He took in and adopted his little niece who was in the house when the murders occurred. Abortion is always a touchy topic and I think the author took on this topic with empathy and used as the underlying plot of the story is admirable. I loved the pace of the story and just the way it was written reminded me of a good British mystery, even though it was not. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story with believable characters and settings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely disjointed. The writing is generally good, but the plot has enormous holes and it is sadly disorganized. There is no likeable character in this book, and the persistent hatred of cats is disturbing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. The way it ended, I started searching for the second one to no avail. Hope it comes out soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book cost $2.99. It is part of a series and as such, msny of the issues are not completed. This book has a great flow, there is a lot of really terrible, violent events, described in great and bloody detail. At first, i thought this profanity filled novel was set in Canada or perhaps England as it did not quite have the flavor of an American novel. This book is very noir, filled with the deaths of young girls. Even the main character's family is not exempt. This is more rooster lit, tjen chick lit. It is an adult book. There is an over abundance of characters. This book will not be over until the the fat caneries sing. In opera, it is the fat woman sings so I gave it a new twist. This book will keep the reader guessing. Some editing mistakes, AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there is a sequel!! Gripping, haunting, dark and greedy read.
nrichNJ More than 1 year ago
Although a page-turner, this book left me feeling distinctly uneasy. Rickstad has written a graphic, horrifying novel that gets darker and darker as one reaches the dreaded conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book that's kept me as interested in it as this one did in a longtime. The characters are relatable, the storyline is believable and best of all the ending kept me wanting more. I have to disagree with a few of the reviewers that said there was too much gore or it got a little too real. It wasnt anymore violent than anything youd see on HBO or Law & Order SVU. I personally cannot wait for a sequal.
NICU More than 1 year ago
4 stars The ending was totally unexpected. I love that in a crime novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a touch genre to conquer but Rickstad emerges as one of the more exceptional authors I've encountered of late. Give me this guy, Montenerri, Kava, and Anne Fraiser who offer a more sinister, well-written and compelling read than Patterson and the better known mystery, suspense and triller writers in the field. I much prefer to be surprised, rivoted, and experince more depth of character than the more mediocre yet 'popular' writers provide for the average reader today. At least there are new twists here. If you're looking for something a cut above...give this a try...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad plot, but this author has a disjointed writing style and I found myself rereading pages to figure out what's going on.
mckynme More than 1 year ago
Good suspense. Keeps you interested from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately didnt follow a typical murder mystery. Left me wanting to keep reading when the book was done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Scary but overall good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great thriller-mystery book for anyone who loved a good psychological thriller. A constant "who done it" and can't get enough. Finished in two days!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good mystery/thriller that does not have too much, or better yet any, romance involved and this book hit the spot for me! Made me want to keep on reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this gritty, conundrum of a thrill! I was hooked from the very beginning by Rath's never-ending determination and bravery. The plot was very well told and all the characters were three dimensional to a T. I will be reading more of Rickstad's work!
Matilda-was-taken More than 1 year ago
I had to put this down at the beginning it just crawled under my skin and creeped me out but I couldn't not continue so I picked it right back up. This is a dark thriller with a stereotypical main character that is an ex detective turned PI who's physically falling apart and likes to drink BUT the story is not typical and the combination of the two makes this a stay-up-all-night-just-one-more-chapter book. I don't like discussing plot in thriller books because the fun is not knowing so all I'll say is this takes many turns up until the end and after you close the book it stays with you. This is a good book to read with a friend since you're most likely going to want to discuss it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazingly great read!! Could not put it down!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved this book. Will definitely buy more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried this new author and thought it was a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the book was well written and the a plot interesting, I could not believe the author's resolutions to these horrible murders. Just too out there somewhere in left wing thinking. Way out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read! Characters feel real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, it kept me interested and on the edge of my chair the whole time.