Synopsis (from Goodreads):
“My past was never more than one thought, one breath, one heartbeat away. And then, on that particular October evening, it literally arrived at my doorstep.”
Eight months after dropping out of Tarble, an all-women’s college, twenty-two-year-old Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year-a year marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that not only caused her to question her own sanity but prompted a failed suicide attempt.
And then a mysterious paisley print suitcase arrives, bearing Ruby’s name and address on the tag. When Ruby tries to return the luggage to its rightful owner, Beth Richards, her dorm mate at Tarble, she learns that Beth disappeared two days earlier, and the suitcase is the only tangible evidence as to her whereabouts.
Consumed by the mystery of the missing girl and the contents of the luggage-a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, the book on which Ruby based her senior thesis, and which she believes instigated her madness-she sets out to uncover the truth, not only about Beth Richards’s past but also her own. In doing so, Ruby is forced to reexamine the people from her past: the professor who whisked her away to New Orleans and then shattered her heart and the ghosts of dead women writers who beckoned her to join their illustrious group. And when Ruby’s storyline converges with Beth’s in a way she never imagined, she returns to the one place she swore she never would: her alma mater.
This was the perfect mix of secrecy, mystery, murder, and revenge. The book certainly had gothic tones to it, but it was also a story, that sadly some people can probably relate to. We’ve all heard the stories of professor falling in love with student, student being expelled or shunned, and professor somehow moving on unscathed. So, what happens when the professor doesn’t get away with it???
Well, this story explores that and the secrets behind those who are left to pick up the piece after the affair. While there are parts that are not too realistic, it was still a fantastic read!! I didn’t try guessing what happened at the end, or tear apart some of the scenes that seemed unrealistic…rather I just let the author take me where she wanted. Doing this, I found myself wanting to read more, enjoying the book, and loving the ending.
It’s a great summer read, it’s an easy read, and certainly one that shows that everyone has to pay their dues sometime. This would also make for a perfect book club pick!! There are so many topics that could be discussed and the conversations would certainly be interesting!!
This is one of those books that by sharing my thoughts, I will give away some spoilers, and I don’t want to do that!! So, I’ll simply let you know: read the book!!
*This book was provided through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
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