From true crime legend Ann Rules comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon - and a determined mother’s 11-year crusade to clear her daughter’s name.
It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and 32-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle to Spokane to visit her mother and brother and grandmother before the holidays. Ronda’s second marriage was dissolving after less than a year, her career as a pioneering female Washington State Trooper had ended, but she was optimistic about starting over again. "I’m actually looking forward to getting on with my life," she told her mother earlier the night before. "I just need a few days with you guys." Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mother, who had met her daughter’s second husband only once before, was just happy that Ronda was coming home.
At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds called 911 and told the dispatcher his wife was dead. She had committed suicide, he said, although he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t know if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem was conducted. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the death scene nor attended the autopsy, declared the manner of Ronda’s death as "undetermined." Over the next eleven years, Coroner Wilson would change that manner of death from "undetermined" to "suicide", back to "undetermined" - and then back to "suicide" again.
But Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide.
©2011 Anne Rule (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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"Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?"
Can I receive a half credit refund? I paid for a whole story and only got half, struggling through the 29 parts of this book only to arrive at the last part to listen to "Maybe this person murdered the victim, bur maybe it was that person." What's with that?
I have read or listened to several of Ann Rule's books. I thought that Green River, Running Red was very well written. Ms. Rule cleverly switched back and forth between a narration of the victim's histories and a detailed biography of the killer. This device kept the reader engaged, telling bits and pieces of the killer's twisted background, while telling the sad stories of the many, many victims.
This book plodded on, turgidly recounting over and over the greed and coldness of the victim's husband and presumed killer. Only toward the end did the focus shift, and I will not go there and spoil it for other potential readers. I read on, eagerly waiting to learn the killer's identity, judgment and punishment. But this was not to be. The book ended with speculation, plus a dark hint that Ms. Rule was in possession of information that she could not yet reveal.
Other authors have had the integrity to abandon a project that could not be resolved. Ms. Rule should not have written this book, and I should get a half credit refund. :)
"Never a dissapointment!"
If you like true crime novels, Ann Rule is the best. She developes the characters to the extent that you can see and sense them. They become your neighbors and friends. You walk with them through their difficulties and root for their success.
Truman Copote's "In Cold Blood"
Barbara. The Mother who wanted justice for her daughter and found the people and resources to see it through.
Made me angry. We watch weekly as crimes are solved through technology on our televison and wonder why in this narrative, the police were so incompetent.
Could not stop listening. Ann Rule draws you into the lives of these people and you just want to finish the book to see what happened.
I chose this book because I have always liked Ann Rule's books but I was really disappointed with this one. It seems unfocused with the story having a seemingly linear flow - very flat and I am sorry to say, told in a boring way. I fall asleep, awake and feel Iike I have missed nothing relevant to the story. The story is also filled with a lot of unnecessary details. I am trying continue listening out of respect to the victims.
"Good book, poor narrator choice"
Maybe it's just me, but the mismatch of voice and oral interpretation with the content was frequently distracting, to the point that several times I wanted to turn it off. (And I would have, if not for the subject and needing to know how the case played out.) Listening was not enjoyable, as I had to consciously focus on what was being said and try to ignore how it was being said. As for the book itself--not Rule's best but not her worst, either, and well worth reading. Ronda Reynolds' story needed to be told and I'm glad Rule told it. She deserves justice and her mom is truly a compelling and inspirational subject.
"unfinished stories are not satisfying"
no as i was not happy the ending was incomplete.
no not at all. i like true crime. this is one of the few books that i did not care for.
it is not the kind of book that you have a favorite scene. if there was a trial and someone was found guilty or not guilty i would say that would be my favorite scene.
there are plenty of sloved crimes out there. i would like to hear about those crimes. i would like a book about sarah johnson or maybe sharee miller.
"More questions than answers."
It should not have been written. Ann Rule really disappoints all the way around. From the story, there is no resolution. I suspect that this book was written due to the friendship between author and victims mother. I do believe she was murdered but Ronda was let down in the very beginning by a blotched investigation/inquest/police/coroner/etc. It leaves you feeling empty not knowing and we never will.
No not at all.
No I am trying to finish out of respect for Ronda.
Ann Rule is the queen of true crime. Audible should offer MANY of her other wonderful books.
Ann Rule is still a great author, but there was quite a bit of redundancy in this book. Barbara Caruso is awesome! We would listen to her read anything!
"Still of the Night-ok"
Worth my time as it killed time while on a long drive.
Average, average, average.
To kill time.
This was not nearly as good as other Ann Rule books.
"Not as bad as people are saying..."
I thought it was a really interesting look into the details of a crime, the people involved, and the ensuing investigation (or lack thereof). The ending was quite a bit more sloppy than the rest of the story though.
"A story with no ending"
very disappointing ; interesting story but with a very unusual end!!!!! There was no conclusion to the tale with no Ending the story just finished.
"This is as per usual her very best work"
Again this book is audible and lets me get to do my running around and listening to my IPOD and even can put them on my Windows Nokia Lumia. I am thankful somebody invented Audiobooks as my diabetes has started affecting my eyesight and was hindered to reading the so now as I say I am thankful for the invention of Audiobooks, I would wait as long as necessary to wait for Ann Rule's books. P.s a little note nobody else captures my attention at all times, edge of your seat stuff .......thank you
I Haven't started this yet but will write a comment here when finished
again not read yet
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