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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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Narrator.....

Please get a better narrator. I just couldn't get into the plot with such a plodding narrator.

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Short and moving

The moving narration pulled me through this compelling and intriguing story. wish it had been longer.

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Finding Your Way Through The Past

It's the past that rules our future. What drives the human behavior. When do you stop running. How much hurt does it take for you to give up. The story is good but left too many questions unanswered..

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The lengths people will go to to disappear.

It is amazing as to what lengths some people will go to, to disappear. This story really brought the fact that you really don't know people even when you think you do.

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Very interesting

Very well presented true story. It is interesting how the process works and I really enjoy short books on occasion.

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Good story

Good story but I didn’t care for the ending, it didn’t seem finished. Overall a good listen.

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Murder who?

This book could have been much better with extra work put in by the author. The book was drab. The story was interesting but not delivered well.

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  • 09-12-18

Couldn't hold my interest

this sort of story this is not my thing. it just doesn't hold my interest.

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  • K. Sasser
  • Worthington, OH United States
  • 09-12-18

Fascinating

This was a fascinating, but sad, story. It makes me very grateful for the family I have.

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Fascinating true story.

fascinating, brief, true. I enjoyed this mystery very much. one of my favorite narrators. great writing.

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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.