Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce

.PDF, 227 pages
Expected Publication: May 4th 2021 by Post Hill Press

About the Book:
On a brilliantly sunny July day, six-year-old Ruby is abandoned by her father in the suffocating dark of a Tennessee cave. Twenty years later, transformed into soap opera star Eleanor Russell, she is fired under dubious circumstances. Fleeing to Europe, she marries a glamorous stranger named Orlando Montague and keeps her past closely hidden. Together, Eleanor and Orlando start afresh in LA. Setting up house in a storybook cottage in the Hollywood Hills, Eleanor is cast in a dream role—the lead in a remake of Rebecca. As she immerses herself in that eerie gothic tale, Orlando’s personality changes, ghosts of her past re-emerge, and Eleanor fears she is not the only person in her marriage with a secret.

My Review:
Whatever fate awaits me inside the walls of this cottage, I am in its possession. 
It can have me now. I can no longer resist it.

This was a very quick read for me, one sitting. Not only because it is a fairly short book but an absorbing one too. I liked the way it introduces various gothic elements - menacing visions, female paranoia, a slight supernatural edge - without them ever taking over. 

My one criticism (and, hence, the dropping of half a star) is the incredibly clichéd final reveal. That aside, this is an absorbing homage to the classic du Maurier Rebecca. If you like domestic thrillers with a gothic edge this is likely to be a good choice. Deborah Goodrich Royce writes eloquently yet in an unobtrusive way and I was soon gripped by this book and reluctant to put it down.

Thank you NetGalley, Deborah Goodrich Royce and Post Hill Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.



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