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Publisher's Summary

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

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great and powerful read

This story is awful but so interesting. it really hits close. not for the faint-hearted

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Struggled to stay interested

For me it just dragged on and on about the details of these girls friendships.. way too much detail.. I would listen for a while until I was overcome with boredom then start a different book.. I ended up listening to 7 other books and an entire podcast series just to avoid this book.. I am so glad it's done and I never have to listen to it again!

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Brilliant

The story goes through everything with the case. The girls social media and the fact that the heartless girls plot to
Hide what they have done. Well written and researched. Enjoyable listen

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Excellent

Very interesting. It's amazing how people can be so heavily effected. I'd never be a teenager again.
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  • leelee8888
  • 01-02-2016

"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".

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  • Pern Dahl
  • 25-10-2015

Good writing, not convinced on the narrator

What did you love best about Pretty Little Killers?

I liked the in depth and intelligent way they approach the case.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how the writers with us, the reader, try to understand how something like this could happen.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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.

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  • Jerrilynn
  • 04-09-2016

Social Media and the Age of Entitlement

What did you love best about Pretty Little Killers?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Little Killers?

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.

What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you could give Pretty Little Killers a new subtitle, what would it be?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Michelle Hubbard
  • 31-01-2015

Slow and drawn out

The story is sad and is easy to follow but some of the insignificant situations are long and drawn out.

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  • Celina
  • 22-01-2015

Amazing book... enough said

What made the experience of listening to Pretty Little Killers the most enjoyable?

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.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

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!

Which character – as performed by Pam Ward – was your favorite?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead....

Any additional comments?

I truly think this book deserves more publicity... These things are happening more and more. More girls need to read this.

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  • K21
  • 24-05-2021

An awful story that I think could have been written a little better.

The book just jumped around too much. It jumped to different areas and then repeated itself. Had a hard time following it a few times. No matter what, it’s a terrible terrible tragic story.

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  • Ludovica Brienza
  • 12-05-2021

Great book, could have flowed better

Overall, I really liked this book. It's informative and detailed, and I really liked that the authors, after going into all the facts, give their version of what they think happened, and I think they offered a lot of useful insight. There are a couple of comments I have regarding things that could be improved - 1) the story should flow better, it comes off a little "choppy" due to the authors constantly jumping back & forth in time 2) the narrator tends to make annoying voices when reading direct quotes and, while I think that occasionally it did add to the performance, it was mostly just annoying. I enjoyed this book because it does a good job of trying to explain what could have happened in this situation, and I also liked that they did not show too much sympathy and didn't try to "explain away" the killers' actions. I would definitely recommended it to whoever wants a deeper dive into Skylar Neese's tragic story

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  • Agray
  • 13-04-2021

I absolutely loved every minute of this book

I Loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend.for all my true crime lovers.

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  • Marilyn Wanamaker
  • 12-01-2021

Everybody Aint Your Friend

I felt as though the book was well written. It basically wakes everyone up to the point of knowing everyone isn't your friend, No matter how much they smile and joke around with you. Only if Skylar listened to those who told her that Sheila was bad news. Both the girls grew to hate her...with no legitimate reason. Why didnt she see that or feel that. I am way grown but when I was Skylars age my mother would always tell me to watch you friends....and she could always tell who was genuine and who was acting for their own selfish reasons, At first you dont want to loose that friend, but then the real person comes out which proves your parents right. My mother and father were right every time,,,, even when I married, they knew what kind of husband I had. We are divorced. Parents need to monitor their children, their friends their friends parents and home-life. This comes in handy. When you see the signs of something admidst....you let them know. Parents can feel this...I believe Skylars mother intuition kicked in that something was'nt right....but it was too late. We just know when a friend is worth keeping. Its that gut feeling!

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  • S. Whitmore
  • 02-08-2020

Writer jumps around way too much

The book was written as though the reader already knew the entire story, which was a let down because I did not and didn't like that so much was given away so soon. It zig-zags all over and doesn't flow very well. It gave away all the details of the murder, who committed it, and the sentences in the first few chapters, so there wasn't much reason to read on... but I did. It lacks in intrigue or needing to finish the next chapter, which I love in a book, but I enjoy true crime so I finished it. It's worth the read if you have a lazy day at the pool and don't have to pay close attention to details and can doze off between chapters. That said, the Neese family will be eternally in my prayers, and I hope those two Pretty Little Killers never see the light of day outside a prison yard ever again. who kills their BFF?

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  • Mrs F
  • 28-04-2015

Sadness

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a warning to all parents of teenagers, a stark and terrifying one, I

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Lad who loved Skylar, he seemed really sweet, kind and genuine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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