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With the first disappearance, the townspeople begin to mistrust outsiders. When the second girl goes missing, neighbors and childhood friends start to eye each other warily. And with the third disappearance, the sleepy little town awakens to a full-blown nightmare.

The Church of Dead Girls displays Stephen Dobyns' remarkable gifts for exploring human nature, probing the ruinous effects of suspicion. As panic mounts and citizens take the law into their own hands, no one is immune, and old rumors, old angers, and old hungers come to the surface to reveal the secret history of a seemingly genteel town and the dark impulses of its inhabitants.

©2015 Stephen Dobyns (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Donna
  • 27-11-15

Not a slasher book

The title almost discouraged me , I don't want an author filling out the required wotdage with graphic descriptions of killings taken from Murder for Dummies. The author takes us all around this small town, introduces some fun characters while teasing us with who done it and when will he do it. This is a long story that won't let you go until the end.

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  • stephkatritter
  • 03-01-16


This book was terrible. It's over 13 hours long with only about 20 minutes of excitement. I noticed how boring it was about 30 minutes into beginning the story, and I kept going because I held out hope that it would pick up or get better. But it just never did.
There is way too much detail about dumb things no one cares about, and there are very few likable characters. So much rambling and going on and on and on about nothing, at least, not anything with substance or meaning.
I rated this book with one star because the story was very uneventful, and it left a lot to be desired. Even the narrator was monotonous and boring but I rated the performance better than the story. Still, it bombed all around for me. So disappointed with this one.
My advice is: Save your time and your money and skip this one, unless you need a book to help you fall asleep!