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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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Mystery deflated

So a young woman wanted a bit of privacy. it's amazing what people consider to be worthy of hours of work.

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Beautifully narrated.

One of the best narrator's I've heard on Audible.
Wonderfully written also. All round very good production.

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Dangerous assumptions

Could have been an intriguing story, but dangerous assumptions were made (about the absence of abuse, mental illness, etc...) about what might have led to such a dramatic fleeing from everything that she knew, even her own identity and finally her life. I would suggest that if you don’t know, then please have the integrity to say so.
On top of that I found the narrator grating. The saving grace is that it’s short.

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Interesting enough story though disappointed not to really get to the heart of the issue. Narration was a little irritating at the start but soon got used to it. Sound levels were the worst aspect - one moment the narrator was shouting, the next you could hardly hear her!

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it's ok

the story itself is interesting but the narrator was a bit flat and the writing overly pretentious

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Moira Schitt is the narrator

Great story, extremely interesting. Particularly amused by the narrator who sounds a lot like Moira from Schitt’s Creek.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Riley15222
  • 13-04-21

Just eh.

I don’t know why I was expecting a little more—a little more story, a little more enthusiasm, a little more explanation. It wasn’t a bad read—quick, simple,—it just wasn’t anything to recommend either. I’m glad it was included, otherwise I would have wasted a credit.

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  • Debbie
  • 25-03-21

Strange, Sad and Fascinating Tale

This short and true story of the young wife and mother who ultimately shot and killed herself in front of her in-laws house is one of the strangest and saddest I've ever heard. I couldn't stop listening as the story of Lori Ruff's short life unfolded and bit by bit came apart. The further the family and investigators dug into her past, the more bizarre it became . . . like a real life Alice down the rabbit hole, without explanation as to the reasons for her choices. I was very impressed by the many people who care for, look for and respect people like Lori, who for whatever deep personal reasons that we can never understand leave behind a life and a family. We will never know what went on in the deepest parts of the young girl's heart, how on earth at age 18 she had the courage and wherewithal to walk away and SURVIVE, but I appreciate the telling of her story.

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  • Alison D. Greene
  • 16-07-21

Heartbreaking

This story makes me wish I could have been there for both Kim and Lori.

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  • Beverly Peterka
  • 04-03-21

No ending

The story doesn’t end. Very anticlimactic. I could have gotten the same information from a newspaper clipping.

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  • San W
  • 29-04-22

Sweet & Concise

I liked that the story got right to the point, was short & informative!

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  • Barbara Gunther
  • 31-03-22

Not my style

Interesting but Just not my style.Did not keep my interest. Very slow reading in my opinion.

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  • Dani
  • 13-03-22

A book with no point

This one is free for a reason. A reporter spent a lot of time chasing down a lead that wasn’t a story. This book is the attempt to make something of those efforts. The narrator’s southern drawl is insulting. She just reads southern as slow and stupid.

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  • 16-01-22

Interesting

I downloaded this thinking it was something else but was pleasantly surprised. Very interesting story.