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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs F on 28-04-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By leelee8888 on 01-02-16

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jerrilynn on 04-09-16

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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