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Pretty Little Killers

The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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After killer Shelia Eddy pled guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years for second-degree murder, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts you would have learned if the case had gone to trial.

Including specific details drawn from Rachel's confession, Pretty Little Killers looks at the crime through the eyes of the victim and killers, providing intimate testimony from the pages of Rachel's personal journal, Skylar's diary and school papers, and court records. Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller examine all this, including previously unreported details about Rachel and Shelia's rumored lesbian relationship, and explain why more than one investigator believes that Skylar's murder was a thrill kill. Most important, Pretty Little Killers provides a satisfying answer to Skylar's final question: "Why?"

©2014 Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller (P)2014 Tantor

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"I finally decided to get this....

"Because I had read reviews that were not so great, but I caved because there is nothing else on this case . I agree that it is generic info that doesn't tell the listener any new details and you will only be ingesting the Twitter and Facebook posts Already released .
This book felt so rushed and written so quickly after the tragedy that the book doesn't even include the pleas of the girls.
I hope a more thorough book is published with the answer to the fundamental question that this book did not answer, which is WHY? Why did they do this and "because we didn't like her isn't cutting it." Someone needs to delve deeper into what was going on in the minds of the girls".

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Social Media and the Age of Entitlement

What did you love best about Pretty Little Killers?

This story is so completely incomprehensible that the best part about this book is that the authors attempt to make since of what so clearly makes no since.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Little Killers?

It id difficult to answer this question without offering a spoiler. I would say that the most memorable moment for me in this story is when one of the killers, Rachel, confesses. However, I cannot say I wasn't equally rattled when Rachel pleads guilty to the crime, and apologizes for her actions acknowledging that it simply isn't enough. The father's response is about what I suspect would be my response, only he was far nicer about it than I think I could have been.

What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sometimes when I read a book myself, especially one with this much information I forget to give a different voice to the individuals than the narration that fills in between the dialog. I think that's something Pam Ward does for this story.

If you could give Pretty Little Killers a new subtitle, what would it be?

I think I would give it the title of this review, "Social Media and the Age of Entitlement". In reality, those two things are the real motive for this crime.

Any additional comments?

The book concludes with recommendations for ways to try to protect your child from today's technology and how to stay engaged in your child's life. The sad truth is, there is no way to protect them from the friends that they have had all through growing up. There is no way for a parent to predict these kinds of things. The Neesen's could not have protected Skylar by being stricter with her. They could not have protected her by monitoring her friends more closely. The only thing they could possibly have done is be more aware of the tensions and strife between the girls that would have been evident from their social media accounts. This does NOT make them in any way at fault. This story will be the fodder of my fears for the next 3-6 years while my daughter finishes high school and college.

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Good writing, not convinced on the narrator

What did you love best about Pretty Little Killers?

I liked the in depth and intelligent way they approach the case.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how the writers with us, the reader, try to understand how something like this could happen.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'm not sure Pam ward was the right choice for this. She is a good narrator, but I agree with some other people that she may be percieved as judging grandmother. To appeal to the age group that should listen to this book, I think it would be a good idea to choose someone with a "younger" voice.

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Slow and drawn out

The story is sad and is easy to follow but some of the insignificant situations are long and drawn out.

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  • Celina
  • woodstock, ON, Canada
  • 01-22-15

Amazing book... enough said

What made the experience of listening to Pretty Little Killers the most enjoyable?

The fact that it looked at the crime from everyones angle that was involved. I played out like a story.... it made you fall in love and almost forget it was real. It was truly amazing summery of events.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Knowing that it was real. Finding out the truth behind each girl. The Media really name Sheila and Rachel look a lot different then who they were..... Sheila is truly evil!

Which character – as performed by Pam Ward – was your favorite?

You cant pick a favourite in this kind of book.... You fall in love with Skylar, who she was and the legacy she left behind. I do feel the smallest amount of sympathy for Racheal as i went to school with a girl that couldn't remind me more of her. When your that young you can lose reality.... I think she got caught up in something wanting to impress..... and got lost along that way... but what she did was wrong and she got the punishment she deserved.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead....

Any additional comments?

I truly think this book deserves more publicity... These things are happening more and more. More girls need to read this.

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too many dumb opinions

So many dumb opinions. A missing child is every parent's nightmare.... (UN estimates 200 missing women in the world, mostly killed by parents), parenting a teen is like learning spanish for a trip to cancun only to discover everyone speaks russian( it's not hard esp if u did it right), girls don't kill in cold blood (yes some do and it's well-known), parents know best (i know many adults w/terrible judgement). Teens are sexualized young and turn to peers for support. (Most would turn to parents as well and young teens are sexualized much). Many are depressed and have panic attacks for defending the 2 killers when they thought they were innocent. The killers never dreamt they'd kill, but they did it. Too many unnecessary details like saying they're popular and pretty.

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Okay

I was interested in hearing more about this story because it happened in WV. The book was informative but the narration seemed to drag on. It was monotone or something. Could have been better.

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Prayers for the family

Horrible actions of these teens. Prayers for the family for such a tremendous loss. Bravo for Skylar's law.

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very good.

I loved it, but it doesn't have the concrete answer you want. good insight though.

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A good listen if you want to know about the case

This was a very good explanation of all the crazy and tragic happenings behind the murder of Skylar Neese. Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of true crime. It was well researched and accurate and the story kept my attention.

My only complaints are the occasional hearsay, but its not over the top and facts generally are stated. There are parts though that focus on it too much and thus a loss of a star. The narrator's pronunciation of the word 'sex' also drove me crazy, but I didn't remove a star for something so silly.

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  • Mrs F
  • 04-28-15

Sadness

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a warning to all parents of teenagers, a stark and terrifying one, I

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Lad who loved Skylar, he seemed really sweet, kind and genuine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, to be honest. I didn't like Skylar, I thought she was demanding, jealous, controlling and someone who would blackmail friends in order to keep them as friends, dangling the threat of exposure like a nasty old carrot. The three girls were typical bratty singletons , and the issues that singletons have when children is a 'mine mine mine' demeanour when they mature the unwillingness to share is just as prevalent and in this case it ended in disaster.

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  • Carly Coleman
  • 07-26-17

Struggled to stay interested

For me it just dragged on and on about the details of these girls friendships.. way too much detail.. I would listen for a while until I was overcome with boredom then start a different book.. I ended up listening to 7 other books and an entire podcast series just to avoid this book.. I am so glad it's done and I never have to listen to it again!

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  • Jessica
  • 06-08-15

Brilliant

The story goes through everything with the case. The girls social media and the fact that the heartless girls plot to
Hide what they have done. Well written and researched. Enjoyable listen

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  • Renee
  • 04-23-15

Excellent

Very interesting. It's amazing how people can be so heavily effected. I'd never be a teenager again.
Very well narrated
I recommend.