When Paul and Liz Daniels and their two children, Reid and Ally, leave for a vacation one day, they are headed to a place that neither wants to go.
To the farm where Paul grew up and where his parents still live, to the grandparents the children haven’t seen in a very long time.
Paul’s approach to everything in their lives is all about control and changing the world for the better. As a professor, he is used to adulation and has come to expect it. Demand it, even. Liz does her best to cope, but in doing so, she has become more submissive than she thought she would ever be.
Everything changes after the family spends the night in a hotel, and Liz awakens to find the children missing. Something about it isn’t right, however. Paul’s attitude is amiss.
Soon she realizes what has happened when her husband also goes missing.
Over the subsequent weeks, we follow Liz’s efforts to find her children, with some help from an old friend who is a cop. But the search is unofficial, since one parent taking the children from the other is not kidnapping, not when there is no custody order. And not in this state.
Liz’s search extends from Paul’s students and assistants to a strange website, and in the end, the search uncovers unexpected secrets and the discovery of something truly horrific.
Set in the Adirondacks, Ruin Falls: A Novel is a sinister story with creepy characters, some of whom we learn more about in alternating chapters. What do all of these strange individuals have in common? Where are they and what is their agenda?
A story I could not put down, I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys family drama and suspense thrillers. This story will keep you up at night. 5.0 stars.