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The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,816 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Shatter the Silence is the romantic and long-awaited sequel by New York Times Best-Selling Author Daleen Berry. The sequel to Sister of Silence, Ms. Berry's 2011 breakout memoir about surviving abuse, Shatter the Silence is set in 1990s Appalachia.

This romantic memoir weaves accounts of the true crimes Ms. Berry covered while working as a news reporter with details of her
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by BenBella Books, Inc. (first published January 18th 2011)
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Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's so sad reading this because I knew this girl personally. I was even friends with Rachel. This book tells the all too true story of how this world is falling apart and it's starting with the youth. This event struck Morgantown and UHS hard and I pray that God is with the families of these three girls.
Whenever I read a true crime book, I feel kind of creepy saying whether it was entertaining or not. What I will say about the story itself is that I was actually able to finish it, sometimes when I read true crime I end up skipping a lot of pages.

The book felt overly long and repetitive, which became frustrating. I complain a lot when I think writers are doing everything possible to stretch a story across too many pages. What is wrong with a book under 225 pages if it hits all the points but lea
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! While the story is interesting, the authors took some liberties with the story when trying to fill in gaps. When a book is non-fiction, I feel that conjectures of what 'the car ride might have been like for the girls' is not welcome. Also, a lot of emphasis was placed on possible lesbian love affairs when there was no evidence other than teenage gossip. Again, I prefer my non fiction to be not fiction or gossip. See full review on The Book Disciple
Rebecca McNutt
It's a recent and quite disturbing story in which a teenage girl was stabbed to death by her supposed best friends over an apparent lesbian relationship - the aftermath has appeared on the news, on Dr. Phil, has been adapted loosely into a Lifetime movie... but what are the facts behind the media blitz? The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese tells a story everybody needs to read, because it's something that left signs behind, and perhaps if awareness is raised of this case, similar things can be prev ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This book will scare every parent who has teenagers. I first watched the Dateline program about this story and I was in so much shock that I had to order the book and read the story to find out what really happened to Skylar Neese. After reading about Skylar I could not believe that best friends could act like that towards one another. I mean best friends fight and argue but they don't kill for no reason.

Skylar, Shelia, and Rachel all became best friends and did everything together. Then they st
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My rating is not meant to diminish the heinous crime committed against Skylar, but is merely my opinion on the quality if the work. Throughout the book, I kept thinking that it was just a really poor attempt to capitalize on a compelling, disturbing story. There were many things, such as the inclusion of the Hunt's Facebook page, that were just unnecessary and superfluous. It was filler--an obvious attempt to disguise the fact that the authors didn't do their homework. Tell us about the police r ...more
Kamila Forson
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I borrowed this book from the library after seeing the Dateline episode. Skylar's story caught my interest as a typical high school experience gone horribly, strangely, wrong. In summary (and this isn't a spoiler, as it's mentioned straight up at the beginning of the book): Skylar looks up to her pretty, popular friend Sheilia, who, with the help of their friend Rachel, murders her.

The book begins with a confusing cast of characters (unless you're steeped in the case, as the authors obviously a
A tragic, horrific recap of what happened to Skylar Neese, may she rest in peace. This book was so horribly written and disjointed which is why the rating is low.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was more like a 2.5 star but I could not stretch it to 3. The writing style was ragged, with redundancy. Trying to stay chronological, the information became disjointed somehow. Instead of all the single child/ only daughter scenario background tales that were given for each of the 3 major characters in this non-fiction horrific murder, there should have been a more professional language and DSMIV or V analysis, IMHO.

Because this kind of crime is rare and usually not female cored in the exac
♥ Marlene♥
OMG this has to be one of the worst true crime books I have read.

The authors assume you know everything about this case so they start telling you from page 1 how mean Shelia was and blablabla

Second: they are great at assuming. They make up conversations between the girls and make up what was in Skylar's head.

The thing is, I had heard about Skylar killings but I thought it was about a little boy so I did not know and the only reason I kept reading because there is no other book about this except
Rhonda Browning White
It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a true-crime story that has enthralled me as much as Pretty Little Killers. I’ve thought of little else since I picked up this book and started reading it a week ago. Authors Daleen Berry and Geoffrey Fuller have done an outstanding job of collating, sifting and chronicling the facts leading up to and following the heinous murder of young Skylar Neese.

The book begins with a list of “Relevant Individuals”—people who played a role in the case of Skylar N
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read too much true crime, but I have read enough to know that I ADORE true crime. It's like an actual character trait about me now, I think! And this book IS SO GOOD! Somehow I had not heard of this story. And I flew through it. It is so insane to me that two of Skylar's BEST FRIENDS stabbed her. And seeing all of the tweets posted and just how to whole entire tragedy played out is insane.

I recommend this book to ANYONE looking for a good true crime story. The researchers for this book
May 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
This is a rather disjointed and unimpressive true crime book about the murder of a teenage girl in West Virginia by two of her classmates. If a book could be diagnosed with a disability, this one would have a pronounced case of ADHD. It's narrative felt like the experience of riding with someone who is new to a stick shift car, and I thought there was a lot of speculation where there should have either been fact or a frank admission that fact wasn't available. I hope my criticism won't be miscon ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very sad story from a community I know well. Some of the people I know personally. My heart goes out to everyone involved in this story of friendships gone bad and the terrible consequences that happened to these young people with so much life ahead of them. As I read the story I could visualize the places described in my mind. I wanted to reach out and hug the parents of Skylar Neese. They bore and will always bear the heartache of losing their only child. I know how much that hurts because i ...more
Frankie michelle dennison
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The heartbreaking details in this book, answered most of the questions surrounding Skylar's disappearance and her murder. My heart pours out for her parents, for the lies and rumors that haunted them from the time Skylar went missing, and until her killers were brought to (however slight) justice.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Considering I picked this up because I read an excerpt in People magazine, I should not be surprised that it was written like a Lifetime movie or an after school special. Especially after reading Columbine, which may not have been 100% accurate in its assumptions but at least had years of research and was written in a much more serious, chilling way with lots and lots of input from experts and people actually involved in the case. This book focused on the sensationalized aspects of this story, e ...more
I don't feel comfortable rating this book because it was a true story about a teenager that was brutally murdered by her two best friends. I do however really like how it was written. Not only do the writers include a back story, they also take you deeper than just the crime. You get to know the players before you're introduced to the game. I read an article about this tragedy first and that made me want to read the book. This story has so many twists and turns and it's fascinating how the polic ...more
Emmy Groendyke
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely devoured this book based on the real life murder of Skylar Neese by her two "best friends", Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy in 2012. Apperently their reasoning was "We just didn't like her" . There has already been a Dateline special and a Dr. Phil special on this horrific crime. I had heard of this murder a while back when it was first being reported by the media. To actually read first hand accounts from the Neese family and Skylar's school friends really made this book a punch in th ...more
Maya B
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I wish the author focused more on the girls and the parents. The murder of skylar neese was very brutal and horrific. I did not like the author's writing style. The story was all over the place even though it did keep my attention. Once I started reading I could not help but to finish to find out what happened and why.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, non-fiction
This is the very sad story of Skylar Neese who was murdered by her 2 best friends. You can still see Skylar's tweets on twitter and also the tweets of one of her murderers Sheila who I feel after reading this that she is a sociopath with no real emotions.

Sad story my heart goes out to her parents and family.
Denise Spicer
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime
This 2014 book about the July 2012 murder of Skylar Neese by her two “best friends” is truly upsetting. In over 300 pages the authors recount (in a rather disorganized manner) the events leading up to the brutal, tragic event. The roles played by the four main police investigators and suspicious members of the community, social media and other students at Skylar’s high school are related in detail. A useful list of “Relevant Individuals” is at the front of the book and proves helpful in trying t ...more
Kimberly Lund
I love to read true crime and as a daughter of teen girls, I expected to find this one interesting, but it didn't hold my interest. The story is told a little haphazardly, with the timeline jumping around enough to confuse me, and none of the girls really seemed to come alive. There were lots of little anecdotal stories, but it felt like it was missing some essential pieces. It's a sad story of teens who think they're invincible (on the part of Skylar and her murderers) and I just hope her famil ...more
Ashley Gobin
I enjoyed reading more about skylars life and the details into catching her two best friends. I feel like there was a lot of repetition in the writing and questionable accounts of the details.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This was one of the most biased and poorly reported books I have ever read. While the author talks about both the main killer (Shelia) and the victim (Skylar) as suddenly changing in high school (the "bad girl" was a straight A student and a good kid) every bad behavior was the Shelia's fault, she coerced the others into doing bad things. There were examples of Skylar being rude and obnoxious, fighting, saying vicious things, and just being what some people would call a bad girl, but apparently ...more
Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
This is a horrendous, yet all-too-true crime that bewildered not only the local community, but the entire state, and those who heard about it. This true crime novel is a riveting read that depicted the tragedy behind Skylar’s murder.

I appreciated the time, effort, and detail put into this book for those who are interested in finding out what happened. In the beginning of the book, there is a list of Relevant Individuals who were a part of Skylar’s life, or played a role in her murder. It was he
Jessica | Booked J
There’s something striking about the case of Skylar Neese, a bright teenage girl who was murdered by her two so-called best friends in the summer of 2012, and with every shocking detail and theory comes the realization that it all hits close too home. When you think of the ups and downs of teenage friendships it’s not often you think that, upon friendships falling out, murder will soon follow.

In all its horrific notes, you can’t help but wonder how this could have happened or why. Skylar Neese’s
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, reviewed
This book tries hard but just doesn’t get there. The author seemed to be attempting two things, exploring the events around the murder and making some point about social media. While thorough in the former, the latter read more like someone attempting to explain Twitter to my grandmother.

The book comes off as rambly, repetitive, and in need of an editor. Too many times the author references something before introducing it, or alludes to the same thing repeatedly within two pages. It simply did n
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, true-crime
This book is disturbing. It disturbs me more now than it did 2 years ago when I first read it. Perhaps because I didn't have a daughter that was old enough at the time to be drawing parallels, and now I do.

This book gives a description of victim and perpetrators. It goes into detail on the build up to the killing of Skylar Neese. Skylar is not painted as a perfect angel, just as an unsuspecting victim. It's truly heart breaking to think that Sheila and Rachel had so little provocation to attack
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
It's hard to know how to review/rate a book that tells such a tragic, horrific, true story. It's a very intriguing book. At times I had to keep reading, simply in hopes of understanding why two "best friends" would brutally murder their friend. (Not gonna happen. I'm just not wired to understand evil like this.) And it's certainly a cautionary tale. The entire time I read this book, I kept thinking how difficult it must be to parent teenagers today. With social media, cell phones, and just socie ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
A very emotional and moving book.

Once I started it, I couldn't put it down till I read it cover to cover and did even more online research just because the case was a heart breaking one - it just went on to show me that teens, girls in this case, can be very mean, selfish and vindictive.

The book was well written and organized; I liked that it presented the events that drove the 2 friends to commit murder so I was able to get a background on the group's dynamics. I also found the fact that the bo
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Daleen Berry is a New York Times bestselling true-crime author and an award-winning journalist who took a first-place award for investigative journalism in 1990. Her memoir, Sister of Silence, garnered her an invitation to give a TED talk in 2013, and is being used at several colleges.

Berry's fourth book, Pretty Little Killers, was released in July 2014.

Her fifth book, Guilt By Matrimony, was re