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E. J. Ruek, author / novelist
"Writing is about translating life into words without sacrificing the grimace and the giggle." --E. J. Ruek
E. J. Ruek, pronounced "rook", writes contemporary mainstream novels with just a nod of nerve-tingling what-if possibility.
"In life, things are not always as they seem -- not on the surface and not underneath. I like that. I like to write about that. Your auntie might not be that nice lady you always thought she was. In fact, she might be nicer. If fact, she might have hidden knowledge that you never dreamed someone like her could harbor, much less use. She has secrets, and those secrets drive the neighbors crazy, because they just "know" that something isn't quite as "normal" as it should be. ...And it isn't.
"You just never know. You can never assume. Because, when you do, things happen."
Masha du Toit
on March 16, 2014 :
This was a tough book to read. It's good! But it pulls no punches.
The premise is gripping: Deborah, a fierce, solitary woman, who finds it easier to relate to animals than humans, adopts a twelve year old boy, William. From the start, she knows that the boy has severe problems. He is a cruel, violent, manipulative child, a child with no empathy and no inhibitions. She fears for her own safety, and for what she might do to William if he harms one of her animals.
This book is an emotional rollercoaster. On the one hand, it's easy to admire Deborah, to empathise with her. She's a driven woman, hard on herself and others. She's a skilled horse woman, and has a boundless love for the animals in her charge. She's also got an evil temper. There are times when her anger at William, her attempts to curb his behaviour are difficult to stomach. Deborah and WIlliam have a lot in common, and what they share is not pretty.
To Inherit a Murderer has a strong streak of horror, and from the beginning it's clear that all is not as it seems. William seems to have the ability to control objects without touching them, and at times his behaviour seems more like demonic possession than anything modern medicine or psychiatry could define.
The characters are compelling though, and the setting beguiling. A powerful book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 13, 2014 :
An orphaned child, an uneasy guardian and nature at her finest and most ferocious. Evil is alive and well in Cedar Falls but Deborah will not give up without a fight.
This is a gripping story that explores the very nature of evil itself. It grabbed me from the start and refused to let go.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 02, 2009 :
Thriller, mystery, paranormal, this excellent read covers all the bases! A chilling account of a woman who, against her better judgment, reaches out to a boy everyone has pegged as evil. Deborah, despite many setbacks with the boy, begins to trust. The story of what that trust costs her is positively breathtaking. I couldn't put it down!
Fantastic read. I also look forward to more of her work.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 09, 2009 :
A woman reluctantly takes on the creepy son of her dead friend. Why would Deborah not just turn the kid over to the state to deal with? First, she has promised her friend to take care of him. Second, she sees in the boy something of herself, a part of her that she has learned to control. Nobody else can help this child, but will everyone around him come out unscathed? I don't want to give any more details because the answers will surprise you and make your skin crawl at the same time.
Excellent book by Ms. Ruek. I look forward to seeing more of her work.
Quest for the Simurgh (right here on Smashwords)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)