I've been a big fan of Ann Rule and her true homicide books for years. This one follows the same pattern of most of her books, very in depth about both the victim and the law enforcement officers investigating the crime, and also the murder trials that follow. However, my complaint about this book is how it leaves the reader with unfinished business. I don't recall any of her other books ending before the crime was solved. So while I still liked this book, I wouldn't list it as one of my favorites of hers.
Ann Rule has done it again! This book is a gripper detailing much about the life and trials of Ronda Reynolds and walking you through her mother's angst and search for the truth. Leaves you with a desire to reach out and help.
This is a great book about a mother's search for the truth about her daughter's "suicide". She was murdered but the local police/sheriffs department didn't agree.
I liked this book because it wasn't about a bad person and what they had done and their capture/trial.
Ann Rule and the mother are still tracking down what happened the night the daughter was murdered. Sounds like they are close to finding out. Hope to hear in the next year the result.
This is, I think, one of the only books of Ann Rule's where the crime remains unsolved. I found this to be a great, if hard to believe, read. It is appalling to me that the justice system has so far failed Ronda Reynolds and her family. This is the story of Ronda Reynold's strange death, that spent so long being classified as a "suicide" that it seems the detectives and the crime scene investigators forgot that they were supposed to be doing a proper investigation. Ann Rule lays out the crime scene details and the strange behaviors of certain individuals so that even though the crime is not yet resolved, you get a pretty good idea of who is responsible for it. I feel badly for the Reynolds family and fervently hope that this crime is solved soon.
Rule's emotional attachment to the victim's mother comes through in this book. It's almost as if she's entering a different phase in her writing. While I enjoyed it, there were some typos, some awkward phrases, and some extraneous passages which I didn't feel added to the professional job she usually does. The case is fascinating - and still to be solved. The legal process is disgusting, and she fully explains how a coroner's office managed to escape doing their job for a truly unbearably long time. The victim is not particularly sympathetic; one gets the feeling she might have been quite a difficult person. But the end she meets is so unjust and horrifying. I enjoyed the book a great deal.