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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.
This is a very different spooky mystery, just right for Hallowe’en as long as you don’t mind reading initially about a very abusive relationship. If such things are triggers for you, avoid this story.
Eleanor, who prefers to known as Nell, keeps having nightmares and flashbacks to events from her childhood. She has recently lost her beloved Nana and is shocked to discover her inheritance – just what she needs to enable her to escape her abusive relationship before he accidentally kills her. She is initially helped by Clarissa and it only after that that she starts to realise that she’s having visions of things from the past and present, making her suspect she’s being haunted by a young girl who disappeared twenty three years ago. That’s when Nell learns about thirteen year old Emily disappearing, her visions increase and she meets Maxine, a medium, and together they seek to discover what happened to Ruby in the past and to save Emily before it is too late…..
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it really is an intriguing mystery with obvious paranormal elements. I found the descriptions of abusive behaviour hard reading but did like how Nell grows in all aspects through the story. There are plenty of flawed, original characters who, together with the mystery elements help keep you turning the pages. I suspect this is going to be the first in a new series and I look forward to reading more about the exploits of Nell, Maxine and Leon in future and to discover just what Will is going to do next!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Author Bio –
Born and raised at Porton Down in Wiltshire, and currently working for the NHS in Salisbury, J A Higgins has always been fascinated by crime, history and the unexplained. Finding Ruby is the first in the Nell Montague mystery series which will examine how horrors from the past are still very relevant today.
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