Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review of Finding Ruby as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.
On Halloween night, thirteen-year-old Ruby disappears in the company of a masked figure. She is never seen again. The only witness is Nell Montague who is just seven years old.
Twenty-three years later, Nell is trapped in an abusive relationship and still suffering from vivid nightmares of what she saw. When tragedy strikes she escapes and attempts to put her past behind her. Then, thirteen-year-old Emily disappears.
Haunted by increasingly disturbing visions and helped by a reluctant psychic, Nell must unravel the mystery of what really happened that night, because to save Emily she must first find Ruby. But to do so she will question everything she thought she knew about her own childhood and soon discovers that nightmares don’t always end when you wake up.
In Finding Ruby, the reader is introduced to Nell Montague. I warmed to her immediately and instantly felt sympathy for her in the difficult situations in which she finds herself. The images Higgins creates are incredibly haunting and I wanted to know why Nell saw them. I was intrigued the whole way through.
Through Finding Ruby, Higgins touches upon several themes including domestic violence, grief and homosexuality. These issues are portrayed incredibly realistically and I felt able to experience the feelings as the characters did.
As Finding Ruby reaches its conclusion there are several moments of tension and I was gripped to the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen.
Finding Ruby is available from Amazon.
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