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Ruby Falls: A Novel
by Goodrich Deborah Royce

Published: 2021-05-04T00:0
Hardcover : 304 pages
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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. In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a ...
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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. 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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Prologue:
Then.
1968. Lookout Mountain



I was standing with my father in the pitch-black dark—the blackest dark I’d ever seen in the few short years of my young life—and the blackest dark that I’ve seen since, which is a considerably longer span. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Young Ruby experiences a shocking event when she is six years old. This trauma leaves her with lasting scars. Do you believe incidents from our childhood live on long into our adult years and how have you coped with your own less-than-happy childhood memories?

2. Eleanor marries Orlando Montague after only knowing him for six weeks. Do you think it is possible to trust an instinct formed in the instant? What, if any, consequences have there been in your life for the hastily-made choices of youth?

3. Eleanor decides not to tell Orlando about the cataclysmic event of her childhood, knowing that it is a mistake to withhold the information even as she does it. Have you ever found yourself having missed the moment for admitting something and finding it increasingly more difficulrt to tell the truth later?

4. Much of Eleanor’s life is “curated” by her, almost like a stage set. The English chintz curtains, the Italian wine, particular dishes, and foods, and clothing that belonged to her mother are all part of the world that Eleanor creates. How do you find yourself curating your own world to make it one that you like to inhabit?

5. Eleanor forms an unlikely bond with Dottie, her much older neighbor. Do you have any cross-generational friends and how have they enriched your life beyond what it would have been had you only had same-age friends?

6. By the end of the book, you see that things are not what they seem. Were you able to go back—much like in the movie, The Sixth Sense—and follow the breadcrumb trail after the truth has been revealed to you to add up the clues you may have missed?

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