Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and international bestselling author of the THE SILENT GIRLS, LIE IN WAIT, and REAP, novels heralded as intelligent and profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. He lives in his home state of Vermont. His latest novel, THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS—the terrifying sequel to the smash sensation THE SILENT GIRLS—publishes September 12, 2017. Pre-order today: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound
Eric is represented by Philip Spitzer of the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency.
THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS
Coming in September…
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.
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LIE IN WAIT
Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.
“A brilliantly crafted crime novel. Whiplash pacing and disturbing psychological profiles will grip readers until its startling conclusion.”
— Lisa Turner, Edgar-nominated author of THE GONE DEAD TRAIN
“Every bit as excellent as THE SILENT GIRLS. Engrossing, riveting, and re-readable. Don’t miss out.”
— Mallory Heart Reviews, 5-star review
“A flawless mystery, brilliantly told, with a twisted, spiraling plot that gets under your skin and sends your nerves into overdrive.”
— Classic Book Reader
“Another gem. Rickstad invents his own genre and LIE IN WAIT ups the game. Gripping. Deft. Unexpected. Surprising.
— Drew Yanno, author of In the Matter of Michael Vogel
“Gripping, topical, and wrenching—a top-flight mystery. I didn’t see the gut punch ending coming, even as it tumbled into place. Great stuff.”
— Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-Winning author
THE SILENT GIRLS
New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
A #1 Nook #1 Kindle and #1 Kobo ebook
A terrifying meditation on good and evil.
—Roger Smith, author of Wake Up Dead
Dark and disturbing. Intelligent and profound.
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award Winning author of TRUTH BE TOLD
A bone-chilling mystery.
—Paul Doiron, Edgar-nominated author of THE POACHER’S SON
A deep, dark, intense mystery.
—Classic Book Reader
Vermont’s TRUE DETECTIVE. Compulsively readable. A stunner!
—Steve Ulfelder Edgar finalist author of PURGATORY CHASM
A dark, page-turning, unsettling, up-all-night story.
—Tyler Mcmahon, author of KILOMETER 99
A thrilling ride to very dark places.
—Jake Hinkson, author of The Big Ugly
A New York Times Noteworthy Novel
A hard-edged and violent story tempered by a fine lyric sensibility. A masterwork of literary crime fiction.
A bloody beauty. Illuminates worlds of darkness. A dramatic reminder of the mystery and majesty of the wild places that exist in both man and nature.
—SUNDAY CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Remarkable. Intoxicating. Arresting. Poetic.
—THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
Bucolic and eerie. Twists inexorably in unpredictable, dangerous directions. A progressively more harrowing, absorbing tale.
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