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Life Ruins by Danuta Kot

Genre: Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours

About The Book

Three very different people, connected by a thread of violence … and hope.
Kay, recently widowed and coming to terms with life on her own, feels she has hit rock bottom. For years she and her husband fostered difficult children – including Becca, whom trouble follows like a stray puppy. And now Becca seems to be in the worst trouble of her life.
A girl has been attacked so savagely she can’t be identified. She’s alive, but only just. Becca, tossed out of university and just let go from her dead-end job, is certain she knows who the victim is. But no one will believe her.
A body, briefly glimpsed at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft, vanishes when the police investigate. Jared, recovering from an almost fatal injury and addicted to painkillers, knows he saw something terrible in that mine… but he has no evidence, and fears he’s losing his grip on reality.
And then Jared and Becca meet. Becca, strong-minded and fiercely independent, is confident they can figure out what’s going on. She pulls Kay into the mix, knowing they’ll need all the help they can get … because the police don’t believe them. And more girls are vanishing …
Can these three help each other to rebuild their lives from the ruins of the past?

My Thoughts

What a non-stop read; I couldn’t put it down!
The story is told between Becca, Kay and Jared; neither of them have an easy life but they will have to work together if they want to discover the truth. All of them will connect when there’s an incident. Becca wants to discover what’s happened and Jared will be the need she helps; sadly no one really believes them and they will need Kay’s help. She was Becca’s foster mother, and maybe is the only one that is ready to trust her and listen what she has to say. But the story is much more than a case, is about healing and connecting, how a damage soul can be healed with the correct people around them; not easy, but possible.
The story is interesting and atmospheric, the landscape is part of the story and makes the story more grey and dark, because there are women disappearing and no one is ready to do anything to discover the truth.
I liked the story, but I felt like the ending was a little bit abrupt, maybe we’ll see the same characters on another book? Simply to know what they are doing? The characters are not easy to like, but once you read their past and how they’ve changed during the story, I want to know that they are ok!
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About The Author

Danuta Kot grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals, and has appeared on radio and television.