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The Woman in the Strongbox

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)
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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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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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  • missdawes
  • Brisbane, Edinburgh, Redding
  • 03-01-19

thoroughly engaging

I felt that the story was well-crafted, and well narrated. It's the longest story in the Missing series and I had been expecting it to wind to conclusion at around the 1-hour mark. I think that that added to my enjoyment - because everything that came after that felt like a bonus. The story *could* have wrapped up earlier... but I felt that it was good story-telling to keep adding little temptations to keep the reader engaged.

I'd not normally choose or listen to something like this, but I am glad that I did.

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Don’t waste your time...

This was really a horrible, disjointed story. I’m pretty sure it was a commercial for genealogy companies.

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Did not hit the mark

After having completed several audible books, I'll say the only positive was the narrator's voice. Otherwise, the story was quite boring. I continued with this book because I kept thinking, "Surely it will take off soon." Unfortunately it never did. This story sucked up minutes in my life I'll never get back.

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  • JT
  • 11-22-18

Ugh

Probably an interesting story but told in such a boring way that it is hard to listen. And the reader is monotone so nothing to keep the listener interested. Couldn’t finish this one and don’t even care what the outcome is.

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Doable

It was ok... I like the narration but the story didn’t capture me like I’d hoped.

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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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  • 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.