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Pretty Little Killers

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Pretty Little Killers
By Geoffrey Fuller Daleen Barry
BenBella Books
Retail Price $16.95
Amazon Price: $13.50

Book Description: 

In Pretty Little Killers, journalist Daleen Berry and investigator Geoffrey Fuller expand upon their New York Times bestselling ebook The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese to give you even more information behind one of the most horrific and shocking murders of our time. Including over 100 pages of new material, Pretty Little Killers shares the latest theories and answers the questions that have left many people baffled.

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.

Berry and Fuller examine all this, including previously unreported details about Rachel and Shelia’s rumored lesbian relationship and explain why more than one investigator believes Skylar’s murder was a thrill kill.

Most important, Pretty Little Killers provides a satisfying answer to Skylar’s final question: “Why?”


This was well written account of a terrible true life tragedy.  I found this book to be a riveting read that I could not put down. I had never heard of this case prior to reading this book. Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese disappeared from her home in West Virginia in 2012 with her remains being found in January of 2013, in Pennsylvania.  Following this her friend Rachel Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, telling authorities that she and another teenager, Shelia Eddy, planned and carried out Neese’s murder.  Reading this story, I felt connected to Skylar as if I really knew her and I was just heartbroken for her parents, family and friends. While it appeared that the three were good friends, Skylar  found herself on the “outs” from her two friends Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf  when she discovered their lesbian relationship and they killed her to keep her quiet.  Terrible. I would recommend to parents of adolescents since the problems encountered are hardly unique to those in this story.  The authors list ten suggestions for parents to follow in dealing with their adolescent children. This book should be must reading for parents and educators alike.

~Reviewed by  Sherry W.

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