13 August 2015

{Book Review} The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

By: Me My Shelf And I | 13 August 2015 at 1:12 AM | | | | | | | | | |

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THE SILENT GIRLS
Author: Eric Rickstad
Release Date: November 25th, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse (HarperCollins)
Pages: 396
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Crime
Rating: 5 Birds

With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Soon Rath's investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.
With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere--and no one is safe.

Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story.

This book was KILLER.

Pun intended.  #NotAshamed

I spend a lot  of time watching crime shows and reading crime novels, both of the fictional and non-fictional variety. Some might say I have an unhealthy obsession with it – (I guess I'm a bit like Rachel Rath in SILENT GIRLS). It's because of this, it's nearly impossible to shock me, trick me or leave me guessing until the very last page, and Rickstad did just that – and then some! Even the most glaringly obvious things didn't click into place for me until the very end when a chorus of "OMG's" and "How in the hell did I miss that's?" came from behind my copy while I sat on the couch in the family room.

And let me just tell you about the first chapter – a child trick or treating, a scared witless home owner. A knife, blood…you'll nearly rip out the pages trying to turn them fast enough! And Halloween will be a little scarier.

Rickstad doesn't just tell you a tale of missing and dead girls, he puts it such a real life situation you'll get the creeps just knowing that this could happen.  Spun like it was ripped from the headlines, SILENT GIRLS dives deep into one of most heated topics there is and twists you around until you don't which way is up.

One of my favorite things is something I'm not even sure if Rickstad did on purpose – his character names. We spend a lot of time with 3 police officers. Rath, Test and Grout. You might be wondering why those 3 names are so interesting to me I'd mark them as a favorite part – but it's not just their names – it's how they perfectly sum up each character.

Rath is vengeful, and angry, and impulsive. He let's resentment over what he wasn't able to do 17 years ago fuel him every day.
Definition of Wrath: strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire. vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.

Grout is just trying to keep things together. His family life, his job – he's holding it all together.
Definition of Grout: a thin, coarse mortar poured into various narrow cavities, as masonry joints or rock fissures, to fill them and consolidate the adjoining objects into a solid mass.

Test is new. She's always pushing, trying new things that the others might not think of
Definition of Test: a particular process or method for trying or assessing.

This really hit me as a remarkable detail and drove home the outstanding writing capabilities of Eric Rickstad., Not since DEAD POETS SOCIETY, where they names of those characters represent each of them so well, has this kind of thing ever stood out to me in book or film.

Eric Rickstad has a new novel coming out September 1st called LIE IN WAIT that I will be reading ASAP. I can't wait to go back to Canaan and try to solve another crime!

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