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The Names Of Dead Girls

(Canaan Crime #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,406 ratings  ·  259 reviews
New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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 ca
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Slayermel I have never read any of the other books in the series and the book seemed to stand alone fine. It recaps enough for you to follow what's gone on. …moreI have never read any of the other books in the series and the book seemed to stand alone fine. It recaps enough for you to follow what's gone on. (less)
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May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved THE SILENT GIRLS and I was worried that I might be expecting too much from this one, but it turned out to be another superb read. This guy can write and his stories are never predictable, so he ticks all the right boxes.

Retired detective Frank Rath adopted his niece, Rachel, when she was only six months old and her parents were brutally murdered. Now, sixteen years later, Ned Preacher gets paroled. And he's set his eyes on Rachel, who has left home for college.
Soon after Preacher's relea
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
Last month I read the first book in this series, The Silent Girls and really enjoyed it so I’ve been looking forward to The Names of Dead Girls and was really excited to start it. If you haven’t read the first book, here’s your warning to stop reading now because there will be some mild spoilers for the first book.

Things pick up almost immediately where they ended in the last book, Rath is on edge knowing that Preacher is out of prison and taunting him with phone calls and veiled threats. His d
J.D. Barker
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twisted and disturbing, you'll wake with THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS on your mind long after putting this book down.

My thanks to the author and publisher for an advance copy of his wonderful novel.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won this novel in a goodreads drawing.

A young lady thinks somebody is watching her all the time. It turns out, her parents were killed by a notorious mass murderer. Her police detective uncle has tried to protect her for her entire life.

Then the phone calls start...

Not bad,but I don't feel the need to seek out Canaan Crime #1 or 2, either.
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very atmospheric story and a definite page turner. The author keeps the characters believable...the story was tight with few to no unnecessary parts. It's fast paced and it was nice to see some of the bad guys get their due at the hands of their victims. The dialogue was a tad weak but still interesting and easy to follow. If you are a James Patterson fan you will surely love this authors' offerings.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story with lots of characters (sometimes hard to keep everyone straight) but was a really fast read and had a surprising outcome that was really good!
Michelle Willms
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
This is a mystery that couples a parent’s worst nightmare with brutal crimes committed upon young girls. As a detective races to find a released murderer in order to protect his daughter, he finds that there might be more than one mystery he needs to solve before his worst nightmare finally be laid to rest.

This is a relentless read, the pace is rapid-fire, with high tension and drama. Most of the characters are vividly created, with a villain that is chilling and believable. The crimes mentioned
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent sophomore entry in the Canaan crime series involving Frank Rath and his obsession with Ned Preacher, the psychopath who murdered his sister and her husband years ago who's now free from prison. The story includes a search for the person responsible for the murder of another girl found strangled, while other elements from The Silent Girls come into play. It's a nicely complicated police procedural that benefits from Rickstad's tight writing and complex characters. It's definitely a cut ...more
Mary  Carrasco
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Eric Rickstad's Canaan Crime series and I've enjoyed reading them all. I recommend it to mystery lovers although I would suggest starting from the beginning of the series as much of this book ties in with the previous ones. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktopia-2018
This was a good read. Enough crimes and suspects to keep your head spinning, but the loose ends all tie up satisfactorily in the end.

I have one quibble in the depiction of the law. In the story, a juvenile on trial for murder in Vermont is told she would be tried as an adult and would have to go to prison "in Oklahoma". What? The murder would have been a state offense, not federal, and therefore, if convicted, she would have served time in a Vermont prison.

I think sometimes people don't realize
Tim Mcgurrin
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
How can a book this terrible get 4.5 stars on Goodreads? I found the premise unbelievably dumb from page one. A rapist, killer and probable serial killer is freed from jail and almost immediately threatens the daughter of his victims' and another victim from his past. The daughter is stupid personified, refusing take even the most basic precautions to protect herself from harm. After 100 pages of ridiculous plot development and poor writing, I want to throw this book into the fireplace.

Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was great. Fast paced and a new twist on every page. Will most definitely read more from this great author
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author. I can guarantee that it will not be the last book I read by Mr. Rickstad. This book really can be read as a standalone novel. Yet, if you are like me and have not read the first book, The Silent Girls, you will be picking up a copy afterwards.

Instantly, the intensity was cranked up and it only got better the further I got into the story. The dynamics between Rath and Preacher was very personal. This up'd the ante as Preacher knew how to push Ra
Linda Latimer
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific ride filled with suspense, mystery and a plot that leaves you baffled. I loved this second in the series. Once again Rickstad knows how to write. Hoping he writes another one with Rath as the inspector/hero.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery/thriller and this certainly is one. It is a fast-paced, well-plotted story that kept me interested start to finish. I especially liked the 'good guys' ... Rath, Test and Grout. Can't wait to see what they will be up to in their next book.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Natalie M
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best, not the worst.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really didn't enjoy rhis book. I found it flat and the characters weren't engaging or interesting. It is a huge pity as I wanted to enjoy it ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad is a highly recommended police procedural/thriller. Detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test work together again to track a depraved killer through rural Vermont and into Canada. This is a sequel to The Silent Girls, but can be read as a stand alone novel.

Rachel Rath is now a college student and she us being watched. Frank Rath and Rachel are sure the man who is watching her is the same man who killed her parents when she was a baby. Ned Preacher is out on pa
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, rickstad
I received a free uncorrected proof copy of this book via the Goodreads Giveaways program and would like to thank everyone who made that possible!

I loved the first book in this series and this one was every bit as good if not better. Both are fast-paced and suspenseful with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end...and the ending of this one is so good! I also love the idyllic Vermont setting. There were a few minor typos here and there but nothing major and hopefully they
May 19, 2022 rated it did not like it
I am giving it a one because I did manage to finish it. I didn’t appreciate the author using “schizophrenic” as an adjective multiple times. I also didn’t appreciate the subtle dig at trans folks.
The ending felt very rushed as though the author realized he was almost at a page quota and hustle to finish. It is in my donation pile now and I’m glad I only paid $2 at a thrift store for it.
Bre Schlitzer
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This sequel was everything it should and could have been!! It was suspenseful, intriguing, and downright good!
Mia Siegert
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very belated review as life got in the way (two knee surgeries, deadlines, getting married (yeah, you read that right!)). I wish I was able to post this sooner to further express how much I adored the novel.

Eric Rickstad’s THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS was a haunting sequel to his hugely successful THE SILENT GIRLS. As a reader, it’s a delightful page-turner. As a writer, it’s a textbook along with everything he’s written. I’m going to try to avoid spoilers, but read with caution. There mig
Drew Yanno
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eric Rickstad has written another tour de force with The Names of Dead Girls. I've been a big fan since his first book (Reap) and he has never disappointed me. While we all probably get visions of maple syrup and ski resorts whenever we think of Vermont, Rickstad takes us deeper into the woods and behind closed doors to reveal that the baser instincts that are uncontrollable in some people find their way into the Green Mountain state as well. His evil doers in TNODG are both frightening and dist ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the book was fantastic. first time reading rickstad and i can totally say he is the male counterpart of karin slaughter. i love how you just keep guessing what's the next thing that could happen. suspect everyone. it did get confusing at times as there is a lot of *spoiler* murders going on but you can easily catch on. i do want more Frank Rath books! ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
OMG, this book is sooo good! I was sucked in from the first page and was never disappointed. A good cast of characters with multiple twists that I wasn’t expecting. A must read!
NOTE: I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.

The Names of Dead Girls is a good book. Not great, but good, and I enjoyed it. As I reflected on what I might write in a review, I thought immediately of why, every now and again, I’ll still watch an episode, or two, of the television show Law and Order. Although it’s a show that’s been around longer than I’ve been an adult, they have simply nailed the format. It’s a good formula and as the idiom goes, “If it ain’t broke,
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

The Names of Dead Girls is the third book in Eric Rickstad's Canaan Crime series, and the sequel to The Silent Girls. Picking up immediately where The Silent Girls left off, Ned Preacher has been released from prison for the double murder of Frank Rath's sister and her husband. Rath's niece, Rachel, has noticed a strange man following her, and Rath is convinced that Preacher intends to hurt her next. When an old victim goes missing and Detective Sonja Test discovers another body in the sno
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mysteries and thrillers have always been at the top of my favorite list for reading material. Unfortunately, it's made me quite numb to a lot of the thrill that authors write. This book is an exception. Eric Rickstad had my skin crawling very early on in the book (in a GOOD way!). I haven't read the first of the series yet - but it's on my purchase list so I feel like I need to go back and read it; then re-read The Names of Dead Girls to get the full-effect. I'm guessing I will be up for days be ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Parters In Crime Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad was a great book. This is the second book in this series and the first one that I have read. That being said I didn’t feel lost and I was able to pick right up with what was going on. If you want to read both books, I would read them in orde
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

I was sent a copy of The Names of Dead Girls in part of a blog tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

This book is the second in the series, but can be read as a standalone. I did not read book one prior to jumping in. The first few pages were confusing since I did not know the characters from the previous storyline, but the author quickly fills you in on their past. It was easy to
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Eric Rickstad is the New York Times and International bestselling author of the new acclaimed page-turner I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM.

He also wrote The Canaan Crime Series — LIE IN WAIT, THE SILENT GIRLS, and THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS— as well as WHAT REMAINS OF HER. Each is a compulsively readable psychological thriller heralded as dark, disturbing, profound and heartbreaking.

His first novel REAP

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