Ruin Falls; Jenny Milchman
Random House - 2014
In Ruin Falls, Liz Daniels is not thrilled about the prospect of visiting her husband Paul’s parents, Matthew and Mary Daniels, who Paul has had a strained relationship with for some time. She agrees to go along with their two children, Reid, 8 and Ally 6, but has an unsettling feeling about doing so.
On the way to Paul’s parents the family stops at a hotel for the night and in the morning when Liz checks in on the kids, she finds them missing. Horrible as this may seem, her husband, a well-respected professor of agriculture, soon disappears as well. Could Paul have planned to take the children all along or is there something more sinister at play?
Without her children and the police not yet in panic mode, Liz returns to her home in upstate New York, and begins to look for clues as to whether Paul had been planning this for some time. She is desperate to find answers, but runs into several dead ends. An old friend who is now the police chief agrees to help Liz. It isn’t long before she realizes that some of the people she felt she could trust perhaps aren’t been looking out for her best interests after all.
I loved the beginning of this mystery, but then the middle slowed for me. There were several threads going in this story, which I felt made the story confusing at times, but in the end most of my suspicions turned out to be correct. Liz, at times, seemed clueless, but then her fighting spirit eventually kicked in. In her defense, I had to ask myself how I might have acted in a similar situation.
Overall, this mystery was just okay for me, as there were some plot elements which just did not ring true for me. I must say Cassandra Campbell as the audio book narrator made the listening experience itself a treat.
Rating - 3/5 stars
(book was provided by the publisher)