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Drowning Ruth
Drowning Ruth
Author: Christina Schwarz
In the winter of 1919, a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The shock of her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter, troubled sister, and husband... — Told in the voices of several of the main characters and skipping back and forth in time, the narrative gradually and tantalizingly ...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780345439109
ISBN-10: 0345439104
Publication Date: 7/31/2001
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 657 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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DROWNING RUTH is deceptively clever. What seems initially like the conventional, usually predictable murder yarn turns out actually being a meticulously crafted story of considerable artistic merit. The circumstances of the drowning of Ruth's mother serves as the catalyst that precipitates an intriguing flow of interrelated events in the lives of Amanda (the drowned woman's sister) and her niece Ruth. Christina Schwarz is a wonderfully talented writer who has woven a rather intricate tale of psychological suspense. There are many engrossing trwists and digressions (but quite necessary) in this very emotional marrative. The mystery is sustained throughout because the reader, as if carefully and thoughtfully fitting together all the jagged pieces of a puzzle, learns in successive chapters what actually occurred that particular wintry night so long ago in the past of both Amanda and Ruth. The writer does a marvelous job in pacing the delicate unravelling of the knitting. This is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller.
I recommend this book very highly.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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This is a dark story, but very good! I thought it was pretty predictable at first, but it wasn't at all. It's written in a mix of first and third person and the story bounces from present to past. Definitely kept it interesting.
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this book is as haunting and beautiful as the lonely landscape through which the events take place...repressed passion, living in a society where sexuality is so completely repressed and rejected that horrible events occur as a result.

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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This book was one that I had trouble putting down. Not only is it a best seller but it was also an Oprah's book club. There were a lot of suspensful moments and like another reviewer said, she was pretty sure she knew the ending but you really have to read the ending to "get it"
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Thought this book was great; read it very quickly because I was so excited by it.
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Different - a page-turner.