‘Life Ruins’ by Danuta Kot

Life Ruins by [Danuta Kot]


In a small northern town, girls are disappearing.

You won’t see it in the papers and the police aren’t taking any notice, but the clues are there if you know where to look.

Becca sees that something is wrong, but she’s been labelled ‘difficult’ thanks to her troubled past. So when a girl is so savagely beaten she can’t be identified, and Becca claims she knows who she is, no one will believe her.

With the police refusing to listen, Becca digs for evidence that will prove what she is saying. But her search for justice will put herself and those closest to her in danger – and once she finds the truth, will anyone even listen?

My Review

If there’s one thing I like doing, it’s discovering new authors.  Danuta Kot is certain a new author for me.  I read the synopsis of ‘Life Ruins’ and it certainly sounded intriguing.  I couldn’t wait to start reading and so without further ado, I made myself comfortable and eagerly began to read.  Well I really enjoyed reading ‘Life Ruins’ but more about that in a bit.

I must be honest and say that it took me a little while to get into ‘Life Ruins’, which has more to do with the fact that I was tired when I started reading and I was finding it a bit hard to concentrate.  Once I got into the story then that was it and I was away as the saying goes.  I found reading ‘Life Ruins’ became addictive in the sense that if I had to put the book down for any reason then I would be itching to get back to reading it.  I was intrigued by the story and by the characters.  I had my own theories as to what was going to happen and so I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or if I had wandered down the wrong path entirely.  The pages turned over at a fair old pace as I made my way through the story.  I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through ‘Life Ruins’.  All too quickly I reached the end of the story.  I found ‘Life Ruins’ to be a tense and dramatic read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘Life Ruins’ is extremely well written.  The author has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  I love the way in which Danuta grabs the readers attention and slowly reels them into the story.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout.  Reading ‘Life Ruins’ was a bit like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s thanks to Danuta’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.

In short, I really enjoyed reading ‘Life Ruins’ and I would recommend this book to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Danuta’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*

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