from Goodreads.com : 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 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 readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.
My Take: This is a part of a series. Not sure if it is the 3rd or second as different places say different things. Anyway you can read this book by itself but there is probably alot of back story in the previous book(s). I haven't read them but I did enjoy this book. I have always wondered how victims must feel when whoever committed a crime against them no matter what it may be gets out of jail or prison. This book helps to answer that question to a degree. The good guys are great and the bad guy is a very creepy. There is plenty of suspense and thrills to keep you reading as fast as you can as you will want to find out what happens. It is a dark story so be warned of that.
I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.