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THE VANISHING OF RUTH: an enthralling story of dark secrets and lost love

THE VANISHING OF RUTH: an enthralling story of dark secrets and lost love [Kindle Edition]

Janet MacLeod Trotter
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Reading Groups' praise for The Vanishing of Ruth: 'Loved the book - couldn't put it down!' 'Wonderful. Kept me guessing all the way through.' 'A most enjoyable read, with so many interesting characters and very good descriptions of the areas visited. The end was an interesting surprise. Thank you for a captivating read.' 'I love split-time storylines and this was perfect.' 'I thoroughly enjoyed this journey through time and distant lands without leaving the comfort of my armchair. The contrast between the Victorians, the hippies and the modern day was fascinating.' 'It would make a fabulous screenplay - the split stories, great characters, wonderful locations and a well-resolved murder mystery at its heart - and there was a lot enthusiasm in the room for the idea!'

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1976: friends, Marcus and Ruth, go missing in Afghanistan during an overland bus trip to Kathmandu. A generation later, Ruth’s niece Amber, haunted by the disintegration of her family, determines to get at the truth of their disappearance. Was it murder, as her father suspected, or a suicide pact as the police believed?
Tracking down the trip’s bus driver, Cassidy, Amber starts to piece together a lost world - the mystical vibrant hippy trail to India – and colourful characters like Juliet, who imagined herself the reincarnation of an Edwardian traveller. As the mystery surrounding her aunt and the charismatic Marcus unfolds, Amber begins a journey of discovery of her own, that will lead her not only into the dark secrets of the past and lost love, but face to face with a tragedy much closer to home.
Bonus content:
Interview with the author about her own overland adventure as an 18 year old that inspired the story
Discussion notes for reading groups

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956642616
  • Publisher: MacLeod Trotter Books (1 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041KL6NA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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British author Janet MacLeod Trotter has had 17 novels published, 13 of them historical family sagas. Her first, THE HUNGRY HILLS, was nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, while THE TEA PLANTER'S DAUGHTER (set in Britain and India) was long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year in 2008 and was an Amazon top ten best seller. Janet has also written two romantic suspense mysteries - THE VANISHING OF RUTH was inspired by an overland trip to India she did as an 18 year old! THE HAUNTING OF KULAH is set in the remote, Outer Isles of Scotland. She has written for teenagers and numerous short stories for women's magazines, some of which are published in ebook ICE CREAM SUMMER. She has been a columnist and reviewer for The Newcastle Journal and editor of The Clan MacLeod Magazine. Her childhood memoirs of Durham and Skye in the 1960's, BEATLES & CHIEFS, was featured on BBC Radio 4's Home Truths.

Janet's latest novel, THE PLANTER'S BRIDE, is set in 1920s Scotland, North East England and India.

Find out more about Janet and her novels at

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vanishing of Ruth 10 April 2011
My reading group recently read The Vanishing of Ruth. The story is set both in the current day and 1970's when Ruth and a group of travellers set off from London on a bus tour which took them across Europe all the way to Kathmandu. However, two of the travellers went missing in Afghanistan and it is left to Ruth's niece Amber to discover what fate befell her aunt. None of us guessed the revelation at the end of the book. With the current revival of all things 1970s this book is a must-read for anyone who remembers life before Easy Jet and mobile phones when it was possible to enter and travel around Afghanistan freely. The bus brings together a myriad of characters who are all searching for something including Juliet (who believes she is a reincarnation of Edwardian traveller Grace Ellison), who is searching for the final resting place of her airman father, Cassidy, the Geordie bus driver and the mysterious Marcus. Throw in Bactrian relics, a Vietnam war veteran a Buddhist refuge in Germany, and a modern-day romance and you have a cracking book which none of us could put down till the final page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vanishing of Ruth 16 Mar 2011
Been a fan since her first novel The Hungry Hills - wasn't sure how the move from historical romance to mystery would work, but work it certainly has. Fantastic read - atmospheric and riven with suspense. Can't wait for next mystery - just wish there were three of her so she could write faster!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vanishing of Ruth 10 Mar 2011
The Vanishing of Ruth: An Enthralling Story of Dark Secrets and Lost Love on the Hippy Trail

Thank you for a rivetting read.I have enjoyed the book very much. I'm not usually a fan of flashbacks but this makes sense of the story and I felt that you were sitting with Amber listening to the evidence. An emotional journey but worth it. Memories of tales of adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recounting the hippie trail 4 Mar 2011
a vivid recounting of what life was like on the Hippie trail, Trotter spins an enthralling yarn which weaves the past and present. A must for anyone interested in the time period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vanishing of Ruth - a vanished way of life 19 Jan 2011
I have a friend who, after leaving school in the '70's, caught a magic bus to Kathmandu. Just 18, she was stranded in India on New Year's Eve.
'Couldn't she have just phoned home?' asked a 2010 teenager.
Well - no.
Janet MacLeod Trotter's latest & arguably best novel is more than a visual & compelling blend of mystery, romance & travel that begs to be televised. She combines international geography & history with personal accounts of ventures off the beaten track as a backdrop to the events that befall Ruth & her all too human fellow travellers on Cassidy's bus. She then adds to the suspense by waiting over 30 years for Ruth's niece Amber to reassemble the fragments & clues surrounding her aunt's disappearance in the present day.
It is a brilliantly descriptive account of a way of life, not that long ago, that has more in common with intrepid & eccentric Victorian travel than with today's safety net of texts & Twitters, health & safety. The characters are solid & set with the integrity of experience in a vanished world of informed informality that has been wiped out by politics & the very things that make international travel allegedly so convenient. Those old square, orange, Instamatic snapshots of the time show smilingly grubby white teenagers with trendy headbands & ragged flares - children devoid of artifice & sans mobiles, compared to their more sophisticated Gap-year counterparts. And yet they travelled through places & met people in a way that is unthinkable today.
And I know this sounds D'uh - but I hadn't realised that overland, one travels through Europe to the Far East. The Vanishing of Ruth takes us from Weardale to Baluchistan, via Berwick, Paris, Venice, Split, through a pre-oil crisis world where cultures were as distinct from each other as neighbouring villages - & yet where human nature remains the same.
Great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vanishing of Ruth - a rollercoaster ride 20 Dec 2010
The Vanishing of Ruth: An Enthralling Story of Dark Secrets and Lost Love on the Hippy Trail

What a rollercoaster ride - take your seat on the bus to Khatmandu and be prepared for many mysterious twists and turns on the way. I could not put this book down. Janet MacLeod Trotter engages you fully in the lives of the lead characters. You are with Amber every step of the way as she unravels the story of her Aunt Ruth's bizarre disappearance. You worry for driver Cassidy, as he tries to guide his hungover passengers on the 1970s overland route to the East, and hope that he builds up enough `Dutch' courage to declare his love for Juliet. This is a perfect winter book, which will waken the wanderlust in even the most jaded traveller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, It is first Kindle book! 21 Sep 2010
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The Vanishing of Ruth. It was first book to read in Amazon kindle. I,m not very good with computer-ish mind. But only way I want to do something different. At first I was confused about ebooks. I decided ordered Amazon Kindle. A few weeks ago. I received it last Saturday, and first thing in my mind to read I ordered for The Vanishing of Ruth, by download by less minutes! It was very easy way to do it.
I started to read it right way and I just finished read. It was brilliant!, all the clues went through to very end and very good twists.
I could,nt put it down till to end. The Vanishing of Ruth was first book of Janet's mystery Novel, and she managed to work out very different novel - some part that she was in real life to travel the bus to india in 1976.
There have very strong characters in the book. I enjoyed every minutes!, I was quite moved when it near the end. It was tremendous! worth read and buy it!.
If you want to read something different so buy amazon kindle and get this book first!. The vanishing of Ruth is excellent mystery book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Not as good as other novels by Janet MacLeod Trotter but never the less a compelling novel with a great story line and final twist
Published 7 months ago by Julie Dewa
5.0 out of 5 stars The vanishing Ruth
This woman author is just marvellous. Her knowledge of people and the stories she writes are so so good. I love her books
Published 9 months ago by elvira allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday book
Kept my intrest throughout liked how it moved from past to present day and all the different character s will recommend to friends
Published 9 months ago by Doris
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth emerges
The time zones are brilliant the sorry reminded me of what I did but across China a lovely read and was sorry when I finished it I wish it were a saga so it could tell us what... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeannie Lynne Lovelock
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read, quite boring
I bought this book after reading the reviews, but I think everyone was reading a different book from the one I purchased. I found it long winded and boring. Read more
Published 15 months ago by fischer.usa
2.0 out of 5 stars The Vanishing of Ruth by Janet MacLeod Trotter.
I persevered until halfway through the book, hoping it would improve, but I found this boring and disappointing. Not up to the author's usual standard.
Published 16 months ago by Muriel Anderson
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