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Publisher's Summary

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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28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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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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Meh

I wanted to like this book. And I feel like I may have given it a higher rating if perhaps I had read it myself (vs listening) or it had a different narrator. My God. The narrator. Ugh. He sounded like an old 40’s crime radio announcer. And he had the rhythm of Rod Serling in the opening of the Twilight Zone. Imagine a whole book like that!

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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Tough to finish

Story went in a crazy direction. Tried to stay focused but was very tough. The performance was rough but may be better with a different book.

Liked only the 2nd book in this series

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Tight story good narration

The story develops well. The characters are real, somewhat flawed human beings with daemons. I rather liked the ending.

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Got through about 5 paragraphs

Got through about 5 paragraphs, nice words not right, adjectives laden, if he could simplify he'd be ok.