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Like the chilling psychological thriller The Silent Patient, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Ruby Falls is a nail-biting tale of a fragile young actress, the new husband she barely knows, and her growing suspicion that the secrets he harbors may eclipse her own. On a brilliantly sunny July day, six-year-old Ruby is abandoned by her father in the suffocating dark of a Tennessee cav Like the chilling psychological thriller The Silent Patient, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Ruby Falls is a nail-biting tale of a fragile young actress, the new husband she barely knows, and her growing suspicion that the secrets he harbors may eclipse her own. 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. In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a dangerous marriage to an exotic stranger, and the mind of a young woman whose past may not release her.


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Like the chilling psychological thriller The Silent Patient, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Ruby Falls is a nail-biting tale of a fragile young actress, the new husband she barely knows, and her growing suspicion that the secrets he harbors may eclipse her own. On a brilliantly sunny July day, six-year-old Ruby is abandoned by her father in the suffocating dark of a Tennessee cav Like the chilling psychological thriller The Silent Patient, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Ruby Falls is a nail-biting tale of a fragile young actress, the new husband she barely knows, and her growing suspicion that the secrets he harbors may eclipse her own. 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. In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a dangerous marriage to an exotic stranger, and the mind of a young woman whose past may not release her.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce This psychological thriller tossed me around like a ragdoll. Ruby/Eleanor was abandoned by her father while on a dark cave tour, when she was six years old. This event, tied up in secrets only she and her dad know, haunt her in ways that might not be evident to others.  We pick up with twenty- six year old Eleanor, now an actress and newly married to someone she has just met. Due to something she did, she's been fired from a New York soap opera and now has sett Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce This psychological thriller tossed me around like a ragdoll. Ruby/Eleanor was abandoned by her father while on a dark cave tour, when she was six years old. This event, tied up in secrets only she and her dad know, haunt her in ways that might not be evident to others.  We pick up with twenty- six year old Eleanor, now an actress and newly married to someone she has just met. Due to something she did, she's been fired from a New York soap opera and now has settled with her new husband in a cottage in Hollywood Hills. Before long Eleanor has the lead in a horrific remake of the movie Rebecca. As Eleanor tells us her thoughts and story, the title of each chapter is taken from scary classic thrillers.  I can't say much more without giving Eleanor away. It's hard to know if Eleanor is an unreliable narrator, a compulsive liar, mentally ill, or a mixture of all those things because it's clear that her story/memories don't add up. Is she surrounded by a wicked, cheating, husband and strange neighbors or is she the problem? What happened to her dad all those years ago, where did he go, and why did he abandon Eleanor and her mom.  I was on board with this story at first but as I began to trust Eleanor less and less, I mostly worried about something bad happening to her cat, Bel. Because, never mind anyone else around Eleanor, it was her that worried and bothered me the most. At the end we find out what is going on and I can't say I was very happy with the answer.  Publication: May 4, 2021 Thank you to Post Hill Press and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    The haunting of Hill house meets Rebecca with gothic, mysterious vibes, distorted reality theme with unreliable heroine who barely differentiate between reality and nightmares! Yes, bring it on! High tension, gripping, intriguing, fast paced story line with deliciously well- written, captivating characterization and lots of twists which blow your mind, increasing your excitement levels. This is definitely one sit, unputdownable story, making you question your own reality and giving you a great The haunting of Hill house meets Rebecca with gothic, mysterious vibes, distorted reality theme with unreliable heroine who barely differentiate between reality and nightmares! Yes, bring it on! High tension, gripping, intriguing, fast paced story line with deliciously well- written, captivating characterization and lots of twists which blow your mind, increasing your excitement levels. This is definitely one sit, unputdownable story, making you question your own reality and giving you a great chance for brain exercise! ( most of my cells are overcooked, smoking right now! But it’s absolutely worth it! ) Here it’s a brief introduction without giving so much away: Dear six years old Ruby Falls has been abandoned by her own father, trapped in a cave. When her childhood trauma starts affecting her entire future, she decides to reinvent herself by burying her past. She turns into a soap opera star named Eleanor Russell, marries with a perfect stranger Orlando Montague in Europe, living in a storybook cottage located in Hollywood Hills. And now she has a big chance to play the leading part at the remake of Rebecca (somebody should warn her: Lily James already took the part and had the best one night stand with Chris Evans. Yes, what a lucky cow, isn’t she?) She seems like finally she has it all. Nope, think again! Because as soon as she mentally immerses herself into her role, she realizes her life turns into exact same movie story as her husband’s manners start to change. It’s too late for her to find our she’s not the only one keeping secrets in this marriage. I’m zipping my lips and recommending you to take this thrilling, WTH I just read kind of truly surprising ride as I’m giving my four heart throbbing, nail biting, soul crushing stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Post Hill Press for sharing this reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    First of all let's take a moment to really appreciate this stunning cover. Gorgeous! 😍 1968 Eleanor Ruby Russell was only 6 years old when her father abandoned her inside a cave called Ruby Falls. This has haunted her her entire life leaving her with two questions. Why didn't her father love her? Why is she so unlovable? 1989 Ruby, now Ellie, has become a soap opera actress. Unfortunately her character gets written off the show but not all is lost. She flies out to Zurich and meets Orlando Montague First of all let's take a moment to really appreciate this stunning cover. Gorgeous! 😍 1968 Eleanor Ruby Russell was only 6 years old when her father abandoned her inside a cave called Ruby Falls. This has haunted her her entire life leaving her with two questions. Why didn't her father love her? Why is she so unlovable? 1989 Ruby, now Ellie, has become a soap opera actress. Unfortunately her character gets written off the show but not all is lost. She flies out to Zurich and meets Orlando Montague and after only 6 months finds herself married to this charismatic man. How lucky she is! They decide to move to the Hollywood Hills where Ellie lands herself a movie role in an upcoming adaptation of Rebecca. A six month relationship that leads to marriage is a whirlwind to be sure but is it possible that she doesn't really know her husband? You better believe it! What a well written and immersive book this is. The atmosphere and tone Royce set is just beautiful. I adored Ruby / Ellie as a character. Was she naïve? Sure, but she was so relatable and likable that I didn't think of her as weak. I was just as confused as her trying to figure things out. The ending did surprise me as a couple of revelations caught me completely off guard. My one complaint was what happened to her father. That part seemed a bit of a stretch in believability terms but to say more would spoil things so I'll zip my lips. All in all I really enjoyed this gothic tale and I look forward to more work by this author. 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Post Hill Press for my digital ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    3.5 This is a clever premise intertwined with old-school thriller cliques. It's atmospheric, and gothic-like and mysterious. It kept me entertained as I wasn't quite sure what to think or believe as I read the book. As a young child on one of our first road trips to Florida my family and I visited, "Ruby Falls" in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I really don't remember much about the place but recall some "darkness." That location is what first caught my eye about this book. Six year old Ruby Eleanor Russe 3.5 This is a clever premise intertwined with old-school thriller cliques. It's atmospheric, and gothic-like and mysterious. It kept me entertained as I wasn't quite sure what to think or believe as I read the book. As a young child on one of our first road trips to Florida my family and I visited, "Ruby Falls" in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I really don't remember much about the place but recall some "darkness." That location is what first caught my eye about this book. Six year old Ruby Eleanor Russell goes on a trip with her father to Ruby Falls. While underneath and in the caves her father lets go of her hand. She is left there in darkness all by herself with just the tour group. Years later Ruby now a pretty famous soap opera actress goes by the name Eleanor Russell. She marries Orlando Monatague (if that is not a soap opera name I don't know what is!) The marriage is quick and she's still plagued by fears and terror from the day her father abandoned her. Next is some interesting story telling about Eleanor's marriage. All may not be what it seems. For the most part this book was an enjoyment and written very well. There was some repetition and I think too much focus was spent on Eleanor's cat. I think the ending took it down a notch for me. I wanted something more original for the big reveal. I'd like to kindly thank NetGalley and Post Hill Press for granting me access to this Advance Reader Copy. p.s. The cover artwork is amazing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain in 1968 is where Eleanor Ruby Russell is abandoned by her father whilst they are deep inside the cave. Fast forward to 1989, she’s now a successful soap star, is married to Orlando Montague, they are moving to Los Angeles where Eleanor is cast as the lead in a remake of Rebecca. Ruby/Eleanor narrates her own story .... reliably? Only time will tell. First of all, this is very well written and easy to immerse yourself in. It’s very colourful and descriptive, you can a Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain in 1968 is where Eleanor Ruby Russell is abandoned by her father whilst they are deep inside the cave. Fast forward to 1989, she’s now a successful soap star, is married to Orlando Montague, they are moving to Los Angeles where Eleanor is cast as the lead in a remake of Rebecca. Ruby/Eleanor narrates her own story .... reliably? Only time will tell. First of all, this is very well written and easy to immerse yourself in. It’s very colourful and descriptive, you can almost smell the roses and taste the food! The characters are really good - Eleanor is very damaged by her terrifying childhood experience and loss of her father, Orlando is a controlling enigma who creates a veritable emotional rollercoaster of twists and turns. I really like the Rebecca angle (it’s one of my favourite books) and through the film the book does have a gothic vibe and some spooky elements to it. The story unfolds well, there is growing mystery and tension as you get one bombshell revelation after another although at times you do feel like you’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole with Alice as it’s very riddle-me-ree!! I like the titles of each chapter which are clever and usually film references and you do get the feeling that it’s all very Hitchcockian or Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap - who is the mouse in the conspiracy I wonder??!! I love the puzzle of Ellie’s father and the clues that we get are interesting and we learn the truth about him towards the end. However, on occasions it’s a bit repetitive as Eleanor turns things over in her mind although I’m certain this is true to life I’d still have preferred less. The ending feels a bit rushed too and didn’t entirely do justice to the rest of the book. Overall, though it’s a well written and surprising read that keeps you gripped and entertained. The cover is amazing and I love it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    I don't know exactly what I expected when I picked up this book, but I got so much more. Honestly one of my favorite books so far this year! The writing was so beautiful and the storyline was...haunting. It had an eerie, disturbing gothic vibe...and I loved it! I literally couldn't put it down. As I got to know Eleanor, aka Ruby...don't call her that, it won't go over well at all.I began to question how reliable Eleanor really was, but time and time again her story seemed to check out.I was const I don't know exactly what I expected when I picked up this book, but I got so much more. Honestly one of my favorite books so far this year! The writing was so beautiful and the storyline was...haunting. It had an eerie, disturbing gothic vibe...and I loved it! I literally couldn't put it down. As I got to know Eleanor, aka Ruby...don't call her that, it won't go over well at all.I began to question how reliable Eleanor really was, but time and time again her story seemed to check out.I was constantly on edge waiting for the other shoe to drop..and when it did...wow what a twist! An elderly neighbor that knows all about Eleanor, yet they have never met... A marriage to a handsome stranger after a whirlwind romance...A move to Hollywood to become famous...intrigued yet? Oh and let's not forget that her father left her at age 6 at a tourist attraction...a mystery in itself right there! Gothic, dark and twisted...loved it! Huge shoutout to Suzy Approved Tours for having me along on this blog tour. Thank you Deborah Goodrich Royce for my beautiful gifted copy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    A retelling/homage of Rebecca??? YES PLEASE

  8. 5 out of 5

    JaymeO

    “What’s in a Name After All?” When Eleanor Ruby Russell is six years old, she is abandoned by her father at Ruby Falls. Clearly traumatized, she attempts to move on with her life. Twenty years later, she is transformed into a beloved soap opera star. When she is fired from her job under strange circumstances, she flees to Europe. It is there that she is swept up in a quick romance with a man named Orlando Montague. They marry six weeks later and move to Hollywood, where she is cast in a new movie “What’s in a Name After All?” When Eleanor Ruby Russell is six years old, she is abandoned by her father at Ruby Falls. Clearly traumatized, she attempts to move on with her life. Twenty years later, she is transformed into a beloved soap opera star. When she is fired from her job under strange circumstances, she flees to Europe. It is there that she is swept up in a quick romance with a man named Orlando Montague. They marry six weeks later and move to Hollywood, where she is cast in a new movie based on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. When Orlando’s personality abruptly changes and he is not who she thought he was, Eleanor begins to question her own secrets. Whoa! Ruby Falls is one whip smart, messed up, clever, quirky thriller. This book can best be described as National Treasure meets Rebecca. What, you say? That’s ridiculous? Preposterous? Yep, but somehow it actually works. Ladies, hold on to your wigs, Ruby/Eleanor is a force to be reckoned with! This leading lady is a brilliantly written unreliable narrator. I have to admit that I had literally no idea what was going on or how this story was going to end. It is an extremely fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing up until the final page. I was absolutely glued to the pages of this book, furiously trying to figure it out. There are multiple layers of truth to unravel through so many paths of misdirection. This book is a unique read that kept me on my toes and completely engaged. Deborah Goodrich Royce is a new author to me, but one I will definitely be adding to my auto-request! Thank you to NetGalley and Post Hill Press for the ARC of Ruby Falls in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    3.5 stars Soap opera star Eleanor Russell has been fired under shady circumstances. Uncertain of her future in acting, she flees to Europe where she meets and marries handsome stranger Orlando Montague within weeks. Everything is coming together: they’ve purchased a gorgeous cottage nestled in the Hollywood Hills and Eleanor has been cast as the lead in a remake of Rebecca. But Eleanor’s future begins to look uncertain as her husband seems to change overnight and his behavior becomes suspicious. W 3.5 stars Soap opera star Eleanor Russell has been fired under shady circumstances. Uncertain of her future in acting, she flees to Europe where she meets and marries handsome stranger Orlando Montague within weeks. Everything is coming together: they’ve purchased a gorgeous cottage nestled in the Hollywood Hills and Eleanor has been cast as the lead in a remake of Rebecca. But Eleanor’s future begins to look uncertain as her husband seems to change overnight and his behavior becomes suspicious. Worse, Eleanor has a secret she’s keeping from him: she was abandoned at Ruby Falls by her father when she was only six. He left her in the cave, his car was found in the parking lot, and not of a trace of him was ever found. This traumatic event has left a lasting mark on her life and the ripple effects continue as she begins to lose her grasp on reality. This book left me guessing! I couldn’t determine if Eleanor was an unreliable narrator, mentally ill, or if her spiral was simply because Orlando appeared to be the king of gaslighting. The stranger the story became and the more skewed Eleanor’s perspective seemed, I was racing to learn the truth about what happened to her father and her husband’s true intentions. While Ruby Falls was highly entertaining, the ending required a suspension of disbelief that I didn’t care for and created an underwhelming/disappointing ending for me. I recommend this book to readers who appreciate gothic mysteries! Thanks to Post Hill Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Ruby Falls is scheduled for release on May 4, 2021. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Hmmm ... what to say about this book?? I finished this one over a week ago but am still not exactly certain as to how I feel about it. It is definitely complex and intriguing and not your usual suspense/thriller. It is touted as a twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, but I think that's a stretch. The book begins with six-year-old Ruby being abandoned by her father in a dark of Tennessee cave. Twenty years later, she is now soap opera star, Eleanor Russell, who has recently been fired un Hmmm ... what to say about this book?? I finished this one over a week ago but am still not exactly certain as to how I feel about it. It is definitely complex and intriguing and not your usual suspense/thriller. It is touted as a twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, but I think that's a stretch. The book begins with six-year-old Ruby being abandoned by her father in a dark of Tennessee cave. Twenty years later, she is now soap opera star, Eleanor Russell, who has recently been fired under questionable circumstances. She flees to Europe, where a whirlwind romance with a handsome stranger, Orlando, leads to a speedy marriage, but she keeps her past and an odd secret closely hidden from her new husband. She and her husband start over in LA, buying the first cottage in Hollywood Hills that they see with their realtor, Mindy, who also turns out to be their next-door-neighbor. Things begin to immediately turn around for Eleanor as she is then cast in her dream role—the lead in a remake of Rebecca. She quickly immerses herself in the gothic tale; but just as her career takes off, Orlando’s personality quickly changes, and Eleanor fears she is not the only person in her marriage with a secret. Royce has a very creative writing style no doubt, as she kept me guessing the entire book as to what might be the truth and what might be fiction. I love me a good unreliable narrator most of the time, but Ruby/Eleanor was almost a bit much. I feel like I would need to re-read the book to make all the pieces come together in my mind, but honestly I have no desire to do so. I think it all comes down to the fact that in the end, the conclusion was far too simple and left me wanting much more. There were still unanswered questions, and it needed a mind-blowing twist or something. Also, I love animals and thank goodness, no animals were harmed in the telling of this story; but Bel, the cat, started getting on my nerves by the end of the book. Maybe it was just that I was constantly worried something nefarious would happen to him, or maybe it was just that he was always "underfoot," but I was more than ready to say good-bye to him at the end of the book! Overall, I felt a bit let down when I finished this one - it's a well-written book that had potential for perfect 10's, but just didn't stick the landing. 3.5 stars rounded down to 3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Deborah Goodrich Royce's second novel, Ruby Falls , is a twisty, slightly creepy mystery with a gothic feel which really kept me guessing. In 1968 when she was 6-1/2 years old, Ruby’s father abandoned her in a dark cave, a tourist attraction they were visiting. No one was sure how her father could have gotten away from her, so many thought he drowned in the cavern below. Years later, in 1987, Ruby, now known as Eleanor, becomes a successful soap opera actress. When her run on the show ends unex Deborah Goodrich Royce's second novel, Ruby Falls , is a twisty, slightly creepy mystery with a gothic feel which really kept me guessing. In 1968 when she was 6-1/2 years old, Ruby’s father abandoned her in a dark cave, a tourist attraction they were visiting. No one was sure how her father could have gotten away from her, so many thought he drowned in the cavern below. Years later, in 1987, Ruby, now known as Eleanor, becomes a successful soap opera actress. When her run on the show ends unexpectedly, she flees to Europe, where she meets a mysterious, handsome man named Orlando, and they get married after only a few weeks of knowing each other. Eleanor and Orlando return to Los Angeles to begin a new life. They buy a picture-perfect little house and Eleanor is ready to continue her acting career. She’s excited to land the starring role in a loose remake of Rebecca . But as filming begins, she starts to have flashbacks from that day in the cave years ago. At the same time, her husband starts acting strangely, sometimes even meanly toward her. What secrets is he hiding? Is she in danger? What happened to her father that day years ago? Goodrich Royce definitely kept me guessing for the entire book. I didn’t know what was memory and what was really happening, whom to trust or fear. Ruby Falls was a creepy, entertaining read, and I love the way she writes. (As an aside, since I’m a huge 80s movies fan, reading books by someone who acted in one of my absolute favorite 80s movies— Just One of the Guys —is super cool.) Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours and Post Hill Press for inviting me on the tour for this book, and for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for an unbiased review! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I was first drawn to his book by the mention of Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee having been there twice, once as a young child and another time as a teen. It is a popular tourist attraction that is an exceedingly long trek in the cold darkness of an underground cave until you finally reach the conclusion, a massive waterfall. The book itself is a modern-day gothic tale of a young New York actress, Eleanor, recently fired from a soap opera and ends up married to Orlando, someone she barely k I was first drawn to his book by the mention of Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee having been there twice, once as a young child and another time as a teen. It is a popular tourist attraction that is an exceedingly long trek in the cold darkness of an underground cave until you finally reach the conclusion, a massive waterfall. The book itself is a modern-day gothic tale of a young New York actress, Eleanor, recently fired from a soap opera and ends up married to Orlando, someone she barely knows. When Eleanor was six years old her father took her to Ruby Falls and deserted her there in the dark and it has transformed her life. Eleanor and Orlando relocate to Los Angeles where she has a part in the remake of Rebecca. Once in LA, strange things begin to occur, and she begins to question herself and her husband. I can’t divulge more without giving too much away, and although the ending took me by surprise, I was not wowed by the story. The plot was original but could have been better developed. Don’t let that scare you away, however, there is no doubt that this author has talent. The book was engrossing, and creepy and gothic fans will enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Post Hill Press, for the chance to read it for my honest opinion. I gave it three stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca | Velvet Opus

    A twisty tale that is equal parts an homage to my favourite gothic tale of all time, Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca' and a glamorous, Hollywood thriller in its own right. I loved everything from the movie sets, to the ingenue protagonist and the subtle and decadent double entendres. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley A twisty tale that is equal parts an homage to my favourite gothic tale of all time, Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca' and a glamorous, Hollywood thriller in its own right. I loved everything from the movie sets, to the ingenue protagonist and the subtle and decadent double entendres. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    3.5 Stars 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 clic 3.5 Stars 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. Disclosure: 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. #NetGalley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Justin Chen

    3 stars A dreamlike read with prose that paints vivid imagery, Ruby Falls has moments of brilliant storytelling, but ultimately underwhelming; trapping itself with conventional thriller tropes, instead of heading down a bolder, more original direction. Comparing Ruby Falls to The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and Rebecca in its marketing copy is a little pompous, and ultimately not doing itself any favor. In my opinion, the 'final twist' is the novel's weakest link, and even though Rebecca is 3 stars A dreamlike read with prose that paints vivid imagery, Ruby Falls has moments of brilliant storytelling, but ultimately underwhelming; trapping itself with conventional thriller tropes, instead of heading down a bolder, more original direction. Comparing Ruby Falls to The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and Rebecca in its marketing copy is a little pompous, and ultimately not doing itself any favor. In my opinion, the 'final twist' is the novel's weakest link, and even though Rebecca is often referred to throughout (The protagonist is playing the lead in a new film adaptation), its presence is superficial at best, offering little substantial juxtaposition or correlation to Royce's story. (Same goes with naming each chapter after a movie, when there's no clear association to the happening in the plot.) If we have to compare Ruby Falls to existing materials, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper comes to mind (Alice in Wonderland is another contender). Ruby Falls is at its best when it embraces its hallucinatory quality, painting an alternate, rose-tinted Los Angeles, where the protagonist transverses between a house with kooky cat lady, an antique store in the middle of Hollywood, and the blurring boundary between her shuttered memory, Hollywood make-believe, and an unreliable present. The plot ultimately leads to a reveal that should be no surprise to domestic thriller enthusiasts, however, such a defining resolution with concrete evidence put all the surrealist build-ups in jeopardy; instead of being satisfied with this book as a metaphoric fever dream of a troubling mind (where things are symbolic and not grounded to common sense), we are forced to re-analyze the preceding events through a new, logic-focused lens, and unfortunately many elements starting to fall apart under such scrutiny. Ruby Falls should've been a literary fiction with a touch of magic realism through and through, instead of the sleight of hand act pivoting to a thriller in its final moment, because the only player that got played, is itself. ***This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated!***

  16. 5 out of 5

    Riya Reads

    RUBY'S FATHER FALLS IN RUBY FALLS. This incident plagues and torments the six year old girl for her entire life. She changes her name, her personality and grows up to be a talented soap opera actress, ELEANOR RUSSELL. This book is not at all INSCRUTABLE and will keep your attention transfixed on it and cease only once you are done with it. There are some elements of an ESCAPE ROOM as well with codes and encrypted texts here and there. This book has been inspired by the reader's favourite Daphne D RUBY'S FATHER FALLS IN RUBY FALLS. This incident plagues and torments the six year old girl for her entire life. She changes her name, her personality and grows up to be a talented soap opera actress, ELEANOR RUSSELL. This book is not at all INSCRUTABLE and will keep your attention transfixed on it and cease only once you are done with it. There are some elements of an ESCAPE ROOM as well with codes and encrypted texts here and there. This book has been inspired by the reader's favourite Daphne Du Maurier's REBECCA. It has copious movie and book references. ENTERTAINING DARK AND TWISTY FAST PACED Just pick this book, its one of those books that you should read this Halloween month.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    Ruby Falls will sweep you headfirst into the life of Eleanor Russell, an actress setting up house in the glamorous Hollywood Hills with her handsome new husband, Orlando. Secrets abound in this bang of a book, a haunting tale sure to give readers chills. A stunner with some serious Gothic vibes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    Griping, face paced, so many twists that will blow your mind. You will shaking your head. I love a good mystery and Royce gives you all this in one book. I recommend this 4 star and I hope that you will grab a copy to enjoy. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Avalon

    I was immediately swept up in Deborah Goodrich Royce's evocative tale about Ruby (or Eleanor as she prefers to be called) Russell's whirlwind romance with the debonair Orlando Montague. The newlyweds move to sunny Los Angeles to begin their new life together. Eleanor is excited to start her burgeoning career as a Hollywood actress with a ruggedly handsome husband by her side. But it isn't long before cracks begin to appear in their seemingly perfect relationship. It quickly becomes clear that th I was immediately swept up in Deborah Goodrich Royce's evocative tale about Ruby (or Eleanor as she prefers to be called) Russell's whirlwind romance with the debonair Orlando Montague. The newlyweds move to sunny Los Angeles to begin their new life together. Eleanor is excited to start her burgeoning career as a Hollywood actress with a ruggedly handsome husband by her side. But it isn't long before cracks begin to appear in their seemingly perfect relationship. It quickly becomes clear that the two lovebirds haven't been completely honest with each other. Deceit abounds and Eleanor grapples with her own dark secrets. Her father's abandonment at the infamous Ruby Falls continues to haunt her, casting a long shadow over her charmed life. As the unsettling incidents pile up and tensions mount, Ruby is left wondering.... how well does she really know the suave Orlando? Ruby Falls is like a vivid fever dream, unsettling and elusive. It provokes the imagination and slips through your fingers like smoke. I very much enjoyed this eerie, ethereal tale that continues to linger in my mind. I know I am under its thrall because I find fragments of the story surfacing in my psyche from time to time. As a Southern California native I especially appreciated Goodrich Royce's lush descriptions of the City of Angels. She perfectly captured L.A.'s eclectic allure. I would have loved to have seen additional content about Eleanor's time on set as a lead actress. That was a very unique and intriguing aspect of the story and it left me hungry for more. This book struck a nice balance between plot and character development- a rare feat! I found myself reading well into the night, unable to put it down. Ruby Falls is the kind of story that demands to be devoured in one sitting. Goodrich Royce kept me on my toes the entire time and I just had to discover what would happen next. The side characters were especially delightful and dynamic. I loved hearing about the exploits of the supportive and upbeat Howard, the intuitive and compassionate Dottie and Eleanor's adorable (but feisty) cat, Bel. If I had any minor criticism, it would be that certain scenes were drawn out for longer than necessary. Most notably, the hillside scene. Also, while some readers may not appreciate an unreliable narrator as it is admittedly an oversaturated device, I feel that it worked for this particular novel. Ruby Falls is moody, bewitching and riveting, perfect for fans of psychological thrillers. It is akin to experiencing a literary descent into madness. You won't be able to look away. Thank you Netgalley and Post Hill Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Barber

    Thank you to NetGalley and Post Hill Press for the ARC. I was initially attracted to the book because the premise was so intriguing. The narrative is very twisty and unreliable, and it was the question of what happened to Eleanor's father that kept me reading. The connection to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier was also interesting, and the setting, but I was disappointed by the ending. A lot of the central plot wraps up very quickly towards the end, with a twist that's surprising but unsatisfying, a Thank you to NetGalley and Post Hill Press for the ARC. I was initially attracted to the book because the premise was so intriguing. The narrative is very twisty and unreliable, and it was the question of what happened to Eleanor's father that kept me reading. The connection to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier was also interesting, and the setting, but I was disappointed by the ending. A lot of the central plot wraps up very quickly towards the end, with a twist that's surprising but unsatisfying, and the actual ending is very abrupt. I feel like there were a lot of elements to deal with that got jumbled and not fully explored.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Walker

    Original and skillfully plotted, this one will get you. Don't even try to guess what's coming. Just enjoy the ride! Original and skillfully plotted, this one will get you. Don't even try to guess what's coming. Just enjoy the ride!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This fascinating and chilling psychological thriller has great twists and turns. Eleanor “Ruby” Russell is fired from her job as an actress on a soap. After a whirlwind vacation in Zurich and Italy, she becomes married to a man she barely knows. After the wedding, she and her husband decide to move to Hollywood and purchase a home way up in the hills. Things seem great but suddenly change. Eleanor’s husband isn’t quite what he seemed to be when they were first married and he seems to have grown This fascinating and chilling psychological thriller has great twists and turns. Eleanor “Ruby” Russell is fired from her job as an actress on a soap. After a whirlwind vacation in Zurich and Italy, she becomes married to a man she barely knows. After the wedding, she and her husband decide to move to Hollywood and purchase a home way up in the hills. Things seem great but suddenly change. Eleanor’s husband isn’t quite what he seemed to be when they were first married and he seems to have grown cold. Also, other strange things seem to happen in her home and the homes surrounding the one where she lives with her husband. She wonders if he’s who he says he is and is he after something of hers. Then there is the mystery of the disappearance of her father when he abandons her in a cave when she was 6. This book definitely pays homage to the gothic novels and movies of the past. It was fun to ravel all the clues and and learn how everything ties in. There were some good twists at the end too. I definitely recommend this book to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    RUBY FALLS BY DEBORAH GOODRICH ROYCE This was a very intriguing and interesting idea for a novel. I do have to say that this has to be hands down the most unreliable narrator that I have ever come across in all of the many books that I have read over the years. I had to go back and reread the explosive ending twice to make sure that I understood the story and the way it ended I just never could have imagined how it tied up and ripped the curtain down that for the entire book was built on such fals RUBY FALLS BY DEBORAH GOODRICH ROYCE This was a very intriguing and interesting idea for a novel. I do have to say that this has to be hands down the most unreliable narrator that I have ever come across in all of the many books that I have read over the years. I had to go back and reread the explosive ending twice to make sure that I understood the story and the way it ended I just never could have imagined how it tied up and ripped the curtain down that for the entire book was built on such false pretenses. I thought that I had been reading the narrative carefully but what makes this story so flawless is that the final reveal had me fooled throughout the entire novel. Nothing prepared me for such an explosive ending and nothing about most of the book was really evident that I was supposed to question the narrator as being completely unreliable. All I can really say is that childhood trauma can leave more of a mark on some than others. That sometimes things that happen to us as children can leave life long affects when we are triggered with a shock even as an adult. Everybody is different. I really loved this book and it was enjoyable to read from start to finish. I think that I am going to say as little as possible so as not to spoil it for any future reader. I loved this novel and I thought that the author has left me feeling grateful for having this wonderful reading experience that I won't soon forget. I really can't recommend this novel high enough. It is a gem that is unforgettable. One of my favorites of all time for sure. Publication Date: May 4, 2021 Thank you to Net Galley, Deborah Goodrich Royce and Post Hill Press for generously providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. #RubyFalls #DeborahGoodrichRoyce #PostHillPress #NetGalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Hold on a second, my jaw is on the floor and I need to pick it up!!!! WOW!!!!! This is the first book that I have read by this author, and if it's any indication of what's to come, then I can't wait. In 1968, Ruby Russell, six years old, is abandoned by her father at Lookout Mountain, never to be seen again. As a child, she is broken and the incident never leaves her. Even as an adult, she has held on to the fact that her father would return and because of it suffers from severe anxiety. She has ju Hold on a second, my jaw is on the floor and I need to pick it up!!!! WOW!!!!! This is the first book that I have read by this author, and if it's any indication of what's to come, then I can't wait. In 1968, Ruby Russell, six years old, is abandoned by her father at Lookout Mountain, never to be seen again. As a child, she is broken and the incident never leaves her. Even as an adult, she has held on to the fact that her father would return and because of it suffers from severe anxiety. She has just finished shooting a soap opera that did not end well but is so happy because she marries an aristocrat after a whirlwind romance and they move to Hollywood. This book had my head spinning as I could not figure out who were the "good guys" and those that weren't. A heart-pounding read that was tough to put down. The suspense caused palpitations because I didn't have a clue as to how this was going to turn out. And all I will say is, that it wasn't what I expected!!! Highly recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Royce

    Ruby is such a tender girl...I hope she enters your heart as much as she has mine. And read to the end for surprises! xoxo

  26. 5 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    Ruby Falls is a well written thriller that kept my attention from beginning to end. A compelling tale that had me furiously flicking the pages on my Kindle well into the night. Just one more chapter I kept telling myself which turned into another one and another one until there was none left! I was so caught up in the drama of it all I couldn’t tear myself away for even a second. Deborah Goodrich Royce is a new author to me and one I look forward to reading more from. All up Ruby Falls is a thri Ruby Falls is a well written thriller that kept my attention from beginning to end. A compelling tale that had me furiously flicking the pages on my Kindle well into the night. Just one more chapter I kept telling myself which turned into another one and another one until there was none left! I was so caught up in the drama of it all I couldn’t tear myself away for even a second. Deborah Goodrich Royce is a new author to me and one I look forward to reading more from. All up Ruby Falls is a thrilling and tension filled read that I recommend. Thank you to Deborah Goodrich Royce, Post Hill Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Ruby Falls, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa (alyssamoreads)

    Heartbreakingly relatable until the very end. This book is so full of twists and turns, it will lead you to wonder what is up and what is down. The way that this book is written, I kept finding myself reminiscing on "that movie I'm in the middle of watching," only to then remember that I was actually reading this story. The story kept me so entrapped from the very beginning, I actually read this book in about 3-4 days. The end did seem to be a little rushed, as I had not seen very many errors/ty Heartbreakingly relatable until the very end. This book is so full of twists and turns, it will lead you to wonder what is up and what is down. The way that this book is written, I kept finding myself reminiscing on "that movie I'm in the middle of watching," only to then remember that I was actually reading this story. The story kept me so entrapped from the very beginning, I actually read this book in about 3-4 days. The end did seem to be a little rushed, as I had not seen very many errors/typos and then right at the end I spotted a couple. The story builds up perfectly and I do feel that the end was just a tad bit rushed, but it almost seemed fitting to have the story all come crashing down at once, in a way. I am definitely interested in reading more from Royce in the future. Also, very fun, as Ruby Falls is the only cave I have ever been to and one of my favorite family vacations to date.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janall

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This delicious story has one of my favorite plot devices - the “unreliable narrator “. I love trying to figure out what is REALLY happening. Ruby’s trauma is rooted in an incident when she was 6- her father disappeared while she and he were on a tour of caverns in Ruby Falls Tennessee. Grown up, she find a career as a soap opera actress who gets so into her bad girl charac Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This delicious story has one of my favorite plot devices - the “unreliable narrator “. I love trying to figure out what is REALLY happening. Ruby’s trauma is rooted in an incident when she was 6- her father disappeared while she and he were on a tour of caverns in Ruby Falls Tennessee. Grown up, she find a career as a soap opera actress who gets so into her bad girl character that she had a nervous breakdown and flees to Europe to recover. As the book begins she is happy to escape New York for Hollywood and start her acting career anew with her handsome new English husband. The story is a modern take on classic movies Rebecca, Gaslight, etc-a young woman marries an older man after a whirlwind courtship. Of course, his personality immediately changes, caring becomes controlling, passionate becomes possessive and oh is he ever secretive. But our heroine has a secret of her own, and the tale becomes more twisted. She realizes that she MAY be imagining things and at first complies, apologizing for making her husband angry. Frankly, this pissed me off- nothing I hate more than simpering. Soon enough she realizes how her life is mimicking a movie plot, she gets more grit and does some investigating on her own, risking everything, all the while realizing she may only be the victim of an overactive imagination. I wont spoil the ending, but suffice to say I couldn't put it down. Spoilers below . . Schizophrenia is a serious disease and my heart breaks for Ruby/ Eleanor. Once I realized what was going on, I kept hoping I was wrong and that it really was just her husband trying to gas light her. Odd that that was the preferable option, but Sadly that wasn’t the case.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniela Petrova

    Brimming with Hollywood nostalgia this mesmerizing and thrilling page-turner is impossible to put down. Deborah Goodrich Royce’s sophomore novel, Ruby Falls, has all the elements of an addictive read: fascinating characters, quick pace, and an intriguing story full of suspense. Masterfully plotted, the story of Eleanor Russel, a young impressionable actress, plagued by a childhood trauma, unfolds against the backdrop of a film production remake of Rebecca, in which she stars. A haunting, unforge Brimming with Hollywood nostalgia this mesmerizing and thrilling page-turner is impossible to put down. Deborah Goodrich Royce’s sophomore novel, Ruby Falls, has all the elements of an addictive read: fascinating characters, quick pace, and an intriguing story full of suspense. Masterfully plotted, the story of Eleanor Russel, a young impressionable actress, plagued by a childhood trauma, unfolds against the backdrop of a film production remake of Rebecca, in which she stars. A haunting, unforgettable thriller.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but dang! I love this cover. It's gorgeous and a tad bit creepy. So PERFECT When Ruby was 6, her father disappeared, seemingly vanished into thin air while accompanied by Ruby in a cave at Ruby Falls. It's twenty years later and Ruby is still haunted by his disappearance but is trying to move on. She has a worldwind romance with Orlando and they marry in record time. As they start their perfect life together, Ruby and Orlando seem to no lo I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but dang! I love this cover. It's gorgeous and a tad bit creepy. So PERFECT When Ruby was 6, her father disappeared, seemingly vanished into thin air while accompanied by Ruby in a cave at Ruby Falls. It's twenty years later and Ruby is still haunted by his disappearance but is trying to move on. She has a worldwind romance with Orlando and they marry in record time. As they start their perfect life together, Ruby and Orlando seem to no longer be hitting it off, something definitely seems amiss with him. As Ruby tries to figure out why Orlando is acting so differently, her own sanity comes into question. This is a fantastic eerie psychological thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. It also had me laughing out loud as it is full of some very funny moments and witty one liners. The writing is fantastic. I definitely need to go back and read her prior work and I will be first in line for her next book. Fun fact: I love chapter titles. Most books don't name chapters which leaves me disappointed. Ruby Falls has cryptic chapter titles and I tried to guess the meaning. I was right exactly zero times, but I had fun trying 😂 Also, there's an intersecting story about the cover art that is worth reading about. And googling for more info. Cool stuff!

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