After killer Shelia Eddy pled guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years for second-degree murder, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts you would have learned if the case had gone to trial.
Including specific details drawn from Rachel's confession, Pretty Little Killers looks at the crime through the eyes of the victim and killers, providing intimate testimony from the pages of Rachel's personal journal, Skylar's diary and school papers, and court records. Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller examine all this, including previously unreported details about Rachel and Shelia's rumored lesbian relationship, and explain why more than one investigator believes that Skylar's murder was a thrill kill. Most important, Pretty Little Killers provides a satisfying answer to Skylar's final question: "Why?"
©2014 Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller (P)2014 Tantor
I used to actually read books, held them in my hand, left grubby marks over the pages complimenting the coffee rings on the cover. No more
It's a warning to all parents of teenagers, a stark and terrifying one, I
The Lad who loved Skylar, he seemed really sweet, kind and genuine.
No, to be honest. I didn't like Skylar, I thought she was demanding, jealous, controlling and someone who would blackmail friends in order to keep them as friends, dangling the threat of exposure like a nasty old carrot. The three girls were typical bratty singletons , and the issues that singletons have when children is a 'mine mine mine' demeanour when they mature the unwillingness to share is just as prevalent and in this case it ended in disaster.
""I finally decided to get this...."
"Because I had read reviews that were not so great, but I caved because there is nothing else on this case . I agree that it is generic info that doesn't tell the listener any new details and you will only be ingesting the Twitter and Facebook posts Already released .
This book felt so rushed and written so quickly after the tragedy that the book doesn't even include the pleas of the girls.
I hope a more thorough book is published with the answer to the fundamental question that this book did not answer, which is WHY? Why did they do this and "because we didn't like her isn't cutting it." Someone needs to delve deeper into what was going on in the minds of the girls".
"Good writing, not convinced on the narrator"
I liked the in depth and intelligent way they approach the case.
I like how the writers with us, the reader, try to understand how something like this could happen.
I'm not sure Pam ward was the right choice for this. She is a good narrator, but I agree with some other people that she may be percieved as judging grandmother. To appeal to the age group that should listen to this book, I think it would be a good idea to choose someone with a "younger" voice.
"Slow and drawn out"
The story is sad and is easy to follow but some of the insignificant situations are long and drawn out.
"Amazing book... enough said"
The fact that it looked at the crime from everyones angle that was involved. I played out like a story.... it made you fall in love and almost forget it was real. It was truly amazing summery of events.
Knowing that it was real. Finding out the truth behind each girl. The Media really name Sheila and Rachel look a lot different then who they were..... Sheila is truly evil!
You cant pick a favourite in this kind of book.... You fall in love with Skylar, who she was and the legacy she left behind. I do feel the smallest amount of sympathy for Racheal as i went to school with a girl that couldn't remind me more of her. When your that young you can lose reality.... I think she got caught up in something wanting to impress..... and got lost along that way... but what she did was wrong and she got the punishment she deserved.
Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead....
I truly think this book deserves more publicity... These things are happening more and more. More girls need to read this.
"sad but true and they should of got more time"
sad but true I used to live right a round the corner from Skyler and I think them girls should of get a lot worse punishment then they did
"Social Media and the Age of Entitlement"
This story is so completely incomprehensible that the best part about this book is that the authors attempt to make since of what so clearly makes no since.
It id difficult to answer this question without offering a spoiler. I would say that the most memorable moment for me in this story is when one of the killers, Rachel, confesses. However, I cannot say I wasn't equally rattled when Rachel pleads guilty to the crime, and apologizes for her actions acknowledging that it simply isn't enough. The father's response is about what I suspect would be my response, only he was far nicer about it than I think I could have been.
Sometimes when I read a book myself, especially one with this much information I forget to give a different voice to the individuals than the narration that fills in between the dialog. I think that's something Pam Ward does for this story.
I think I would give it the title of this review, "Social Media and the Age of Entitlement". In reality, those two things are the real motive for this crime.
The book concludes with recommendations for ways to try to protect your child from today's technology and how to stay engaged in your child's life. The sad truth is, there is no way to protect them from the friends that they have had all through growing up. There is no way for a parent to predict these kinds of things. The Neesen's could not have protected Skylar by being stricter with her. They could not have protected her by monitoring her friends more closely. The only thing they could possibly have done is be more aware of the tensions and strife between the girls that would have been evident from their social media accounts. This does NOT make them in any way at fault. This story will be the fodder of my fears for the next 3-6 years while my daughter finishes high school and college.
"Great book! "
Mesmerizing and well written. VERY well read. This book will haunt you.
incredible, heart wrenching, and intense. a must read for every parent...especially those with daughters.
God bless you, Skylar Neese. R.I.P.
Absolutey loved this book! I have followed the story every since the beginning and this book had a lot of things in it that I hadn't known about!
The story itself is sad but after an hour I felt like I had the story and this book just dragged. It contains some interesting information but in my opinion also a lot of conjecture. I struggled to get through.
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