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Publisher's Summary

In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger.

Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

Maureen O’Hagan’s The Woman in the Strongbox is part of Missing, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives - from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Maureen O'Hagan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Great Short Story

I really enjoyed the search for who the real girl was, before she had changed her name . I also liked the length of the first book in this series. You can enjoy the book in one sitting

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DNA Solves Another Mystery

Very well written and read. Flowed well with a minimum of high tech jargon. I recommend it!

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Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting. Well read and well researched. Definitely worth a listen.

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A great real mystery.

I was mesmerized by this tale of a real mystery woman. The lengths to she went to obscure her past is amazing and the incredible efforts by many people to reveal her real identity make a terrific read.

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Lack luster ending.

It was interesting to follow and full of facts and timelines. Great for those interested in mysteries full of detail. It seemed to all build to an ending that lacked the time spent on developing the plot. Wouldn’t listen to/read again.

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A Thoughtful Rendering Of a Modern Tragedy

A true story of an unhappy girl who reimagines herself into a new person. The "how" is revealed. The "why" remains a mystery.

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Unsolved Mysteries

When I was younger, I loved the TV show Unsolved Mysteries. This story was exactly the kind of story that would have fit in an episode. The mystery woman was identified, but the why can't be answered. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a real-life mystery. Campbell does a solid job of narrating.

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great short listen!!

very interesting short story. the narration by Cassandra Campbell was great!
I wanted to find out what went wrong in this woman's life to cause such irrational behavior.

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  • Hilary
  • SIMI VALLEY, US, Canada
  • 08-06-18

The Woman in the Strongbox

This was an interesting story and sad, too. I listened to it in its entirety, in one session, as it captured my attention. Makes you wonder if we ever really know someone. Makes you sad to realize how unhappy a person can be and still somewhat function.

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  • MP
  • USA
  • 08-05-18

Great story

The story was. Very interesting . It was too short but I enjoyed it very much. Th narrator was a bit flat. But, not to the point I had to stop listening to the story.
I would recommend reading or listening to this book.

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  • Misheru
  • 08-07-18

Jane doe

Very interesting listen, the story is well written and the narration is clean and easy to listen to. I was hooked from the start, a nice short performance which can be enjoyed in one sitting.