The Names of Dead Girls

Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Canaan Crime, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (479 ratings)

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Eric Rickstad delivers the electrifying sequel to The Silent Girls 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 listeners into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.

©2017 Eric Rickstad (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Very good procedural...

This book really held my attention. The publisher's summary does an excellent job setting up the plot.
In this book the protagonist, Frank Rath is fearful for his daughter's safety. The man who murdered her parents has been released from prison. Up until recently she hadn't even known they had been murdered, she had thought they had died in an accident. Rath had been in a hotel room with a woman when he was supposed to be at his sister's helping her out with his birthday dinner. Instead he found his sister and brother in law murdered and his niece in her crib. Rath adopted his niece.
This book is full of high tension cat and mouse ?games? Someone's watching. Someone is doing more killing and a woman goes missing who was a victim of the freed murderer. She survived last time , will she survive again?
The story seems to be so straight forward. I really thought it was so predictable and so easy. Guess again, I was totally wrong and totally floored!
Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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As big a surprise as the first.

even though, after listening to the first book in the series, I was expecting a twistat the end, I was still surprised by what and how the story turned out. this writer writes his characters very well. The narrator was a little strange, kind of like listening to Charlie Sheen read the book. Overall though, it was a great listen.

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Meh

I really hated narrator. Hated. The intonation of the narrator's sentences; how his volume dropped off at the end of every sentence even though not every sentence is *that* thrilling was incredibly obnoxious. I like the story. The author's descriptions are sometimes grotesque, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Good story, narrator awful

Good sorry. Eric Rickstad did not disappoint. I nearly stopped listening due to the narrator. Very dramatic. Sounded like an old school tv detective. He made it hard to get through the story

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a great listen

I'm a big fan of rickstad and the silent girls so I enjoyed this sequel. the narrator did a great job and I'm sure anyone would find this to be a captivating book to read or listen to.

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satisfying sequel

I enjoyed the continuing story line and the tidying up that occurred. however I'm still wanting more, so I'm grateful it sounds like another book will be in the series!

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a chilling past

Rachel has recently found out that her birth parents were murdered, her uncle who also adopted her was forced to finally tell her the story about her history because the killer Ned Preacher is out of prison and has been calling him and threatening Rachel’s life and her Uncle/Dad Detective Rath. When an older woman comes up missing and a young woman is found murdered, Detective Rath is on a mission to find any kind of evidence pointing to Ned. I really love this book, it kept me on the end of my seat and I honestly it was soo good I listened to it on one day. The narrators did an amazing job, the different voices are what kept me intrigued because it was very different and emotional.

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Powerful story, and frightening

Excellent story, with many twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. Fair warning-- skip it if you don't have a strong stomach. There are descriptions in here about gory murders that are very graphic, and even as someone with a strong stomach for horror movies, I found myself cringing here and there. The characters are terrific, as they are in the other Eric Rickstad books I've listend to. This was the best of the Frank Rath series for me, and I'd love to hear more stories featuring the same characters.

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It's okay

I tried to like this book. It's not horrible, I could probably make myself listen to the rest of it (I forced myself to give it a chance and listened to a third of it), but I just can't seem to pay attention. My brain wanders, and when I come back to focus, I really haven't missed that much. They villain is a rapist, they are watching him, there's a traumatic past... It's too long and drawn out as well as being all over the place (to me). The voice actor is only okay as well. He ends every sentence with a growl of intensity. I think if she closed the door to a room, it doesn't need to be so intense. One more thing is the author only uses "he said" or "she said" at the end of nearly every bit of dialogue - even if a question is being asked. It got a bit redundant for me to hear "he said" with a growl if it was at the end of the sentence. I'm not normally a person to complain - and I don't mean it as such, but I just wanted to tell why I didn't rate it like I normally rate books and voice actors. I wish I could return for my money back and choose another book.

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This was not what i expected

The story wasn't very good and the he said, she said, was just ridiculous. This book didn't keep my attention at all and I found myself having to rewind and I was still lost.