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The Woman in the Strongbox

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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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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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.

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  • Delah
  • 12-08-18

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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  • Customer
  • 16-12-19

Unbelievably True story

Fast read. I was riveted. I didn’t know it was a true story until after I finished it. I read the whole thing thinking it was fiction, and I cried for poor Lori—a character—a woman so real, and yet so alone and so remarkable. When I read it, I found myself thinking of true stories that sounded somewhat similar. I believed it and found it wholly unbelievable all at the same time. Stories like this just take my breath away.

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  • cj
  • 01-11-19

Dry

Info about forensic genealogy is somewhat interesting. But, in general, the storytelling is too clinical.

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  • A. Sabala
  • 23-09-19

Its more like a 20/20 segment

Its an hour long story. Its not a book, its more like a 20/20 segment. Its good.

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  • mommermom
  • 20-05-19

A good short story

Read more like a documentary. I did enjoy it and it was a nice break before I get into my next book.

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  • Managing Director
  • 30-04-19

A mystery

A mystery, great narration and engaging, yet the mystery never becomes completely resolved. Is it scarier to keep some mystery lurking in the shadows...I suppose...

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  • missdawes
  • 01-03-19

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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  • Victoria
  • 19-01-19

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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  • Javafox
  • 10-01-19

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
  • 22-11-18

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.