The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

The Silent Girls, Eric Rickstad, 2014

My favorite quote: “It wasn’t even rebellion. It was an ecstatic pleasure taken from the debasement of other living creatures. Pure sadism.”

Notable characters: Frank Rath, the private investigator; Rachel, the niece he raised as his daughter; Sonya Test; another detective 

Most memorable scene: That opening scene on Halloween, 1985 … it’s what kept me going

Greatest strengths: Great plot twists. More than once, I clutched my pearls in astonishment. Not even kidding 

Standout achievements: A truly unique villain with a truly unique motive

Fun Facts: This is the first in a three-book series! I didn’t know that when I started this one 

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: This book gave great insights into the pathos of certain characters. As a reader as well as a writer, I appreciated the uncharted “human” dimensions that get explored here. Rickstad created a new kind of bad guy for this one and I appreciated that 

How it inspired me: This book has one of the best cliffhanger endings I’ve ever read. Writers, if you want to know how to create the kind of cliffhanger that REQUIRES readers to get the next book, look no further

Additional thoughts: Of all the book hangovers I’ve experienced in my reading career, this one ranks right up there with the best (worst?) of them

Haunt me:

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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