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July 18, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

A Rapid Review

RuinFallsRuin Falls by Jenny Milchman

Publisher: Random House Audio | January 2014
Format: Audio Download | 12 hours | Rating: 3½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate

In a suspenseful follow-up to her critically acclaimed Cover of Snow, Jenny Milchman ratchets up the tension with this edge-of-your-seat story of a mother determined to find her missing children.

A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Liz Daniels. Her two children have wandered off and are missing. And now her husband is missing too. It soon becomes apparent that he has taken them. But where, and why? At first Liz is puzzled and confused, but determined to get her children back.

For the first half of the book we are like Liz, unsure of what is going on and don’t know who to trust. There are a lot of layers, many secondary characters and the plot tends to wander at times as Liz searches for answers. I didn’t feel a lot of suspense, but did get caught up in the mystery and Liz’s evolution from ‘dazed and confused’ to ‘tiger mom’. Readers who have small children will probably feel a little more of the fear that enveloped Liz than I did.

The loose ends do come together in the end, but the explanation for her husband’s actions was a little unbelievable – or perhaps needed a little more explanation. Apparently Liz didn’t know her husband very well.

Audio production:
I chose the audio because it was narrated by Cassandra Campbell, a favorite of mine. She does a nice job conveying the emotion and suspense. The multiple viewpoints and complex plot require a little extra attention from the listener, but overall an enjoyable production.

Audio Sample:

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid ReviewSource: Review copy provided by Random House Audio.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Jul 18 2014 9:46 am

    A book with a lot of loose ends like that is hard for me on audio.


  2. Carol / Jul 18 2014 12:10 pm

    Not for me – I tend to not like children in my mysteries.


  3. diane / Jul 18 2014 5:39 pm

    I was just okay with this one, but I do love C. Campbell as narrator.


  4. Mary / Jul 18 2014 8:32 pm

    I like Campbell but given all the detail, etc I think I’d do better with reading a print copy. Sounds interesting.


  5. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jul 19 2014 11:10 am

    Hmmm…. I am pretty sure I have this one on my review shelf. I was excited to see you reviewing it but now concerned about the loose ends… ugh…. hate that 🙂


    • Leslie / Jul 19 2014 11:15 am

      We get explanations for everything in the end. And as long as you accept that Liz was totally clueless about her husband, I guess it works.


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