It’s been a while since I’ve come across such a captivating, well written book. While strolling through the “New Arrivals” section of the Dartmouth Book Store in Hanover, I picked up local writer Eric Rickstad’s newest thriller, The Names of Dead Girls. Rickstad, known for his New York Times Bestseller The Silent Girls, does it again with his latest Canaan Crime Series novel.
Set in the foggy, remote woods of Northern Vermont, Rickstad takes us on a journey to uncover who is behind the missing girls of Canaan. Years prior, a double murder in Canaan leaves Rachel orphaned to her uncle, Frank Rath. Rath, a local retired detective, had protected her from the details of her parents’ grisly murder until the murder suspect, Ned Preacher, is released from prison and begins stalking Rachel. Desperate to put Preacher away for good, Rachel dives deep into the world of deceit and murder in search of justice for her parents. But how far can Rachel go before she gets herself into trouble?
Simultaneously, numerous girls show up dead in the woods of Northern Vermont and a new woman, one that has close personal ties to Rath, goes missing. When these new mysterious events come into play, Rath must re-enter the police force and is assigned as the lead detective for the cases of the murders and the missing woman.
Through a series of twists and turns, Rath must uncover who is behind the missing girls of Canaan–is it Preacher or is there another psychopath lurking in the woods of Rath’s town?
Check out the book to find out what happens!
You can purchase it here or just shoot me a message and I’d be happy to let you borrow my copy!