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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342262
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It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle to Spokane to visit her mother. Ronda’s second marriage was dissolving after less than a year and her career as a pioneering female Washington State Trooper had ended, but she was optimistic about starting over again.

At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds called 911 and told the dispatcher his wife was dead. She had committed suicide, he said, although he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t know if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem was conducted. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the death scene nor attended the autopsy, declared the manner of Ronda’s death as “undetermined.”

But Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide. For eleven grueling years, through the ups and downs of the legal system and its endless delays, these people and others helped Barb Thompson fight to strike that painful word from her daughter’s death certificate.

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  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita_book | 2/17/2014

    " Although it wasn't as compelling as some of her other books, Ann Rule has crafted a suspenseful and intriguing story out of one family's devastating event. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 2/14/2014

    " After a certain point, just skimmed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/12/2014

    " The first Ann Rule I have read (or listen to). I skipped a lot of the book because she is so repetitive and fills so many pages with sub-plots and descriptions of the lives of minor characters. I was intrigued by the major plot line, but the ending is so dissatisfying. Also I did not like how much the author interjects herself into the story itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise Swenson | 2/11/2014

    " Typical Ann Rule: good beach read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/3/2014

    " I am sure the deductions made in Ann Rule's research are very possible. I almost 2-starred this one though. Her friendship with Barb Thompson seems to mess with the author's point of view. Maybe not. However the book brings to mind a divorce where friends take sides. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sunny Shore | 1/21/2014

    " I usually love everything former Seattle police detective writes, but this one was a snoozefest. Of course, I feel terrible for the victim, but many pages were wasted on a case that could have been summed up in one of Rules' one chapter crime books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Bowman | 1/20/2014

    " Fascinating as always. A bit disappointing that this one wasn't actually solved but I always enjoy Ms. Rule's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Galen | 1/16/2014

    " I stayed-up til six in the morning to finish this one. It's gripping, but not life-changing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2014

    " I really like true crime and Ann Rule is my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Rear | 12/26/2013

    " I like Ann Rule - she is my guilty pleasure. Some of her books are fascinating. But this one was pretty much a waste of time. She clearly didn't put her usual amount of effort into this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 12/13/2013

    " My second go-round with Ann Rule. Still not impressed. Find her writing very juvenile and incredibly generic. Why she is the "Queen" of true crime is beyond me. She is not even the same league with the late Philip Carlo . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith Guyot | 12/9/2013

    " I like this author. She kept my attention. I will read more of her works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 10/29/2013

    " I haven't read much true crime since I had my daughter, it freaks me out now that I'm a mom. This story caught my attention. The case is still open, maybe that is why I didn't love it as much as Ms. Rule's other books. The book felt choppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Keast | 10/6/2013

    " eminently readable, ultimately disposable. the mark of a good true crime read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 8/9/2013

    " this book resparked my interest in Ann Rule, so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 8/5/2013

    " This story is very well written but I feel that there was a lot of story that was left untold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/29/2013

    " Repetive, overly detailed, goes off on tangents, and yet a great entertaining story to listen to while working on a house. Ann Rule knows how to tell these stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 7/17/2013

    " I saw this story featured on 48 Hours and was so saddened by this case that I wanted to read more about it. Unfortunately, this book does not reveal much more than that show did, so I was a bit disappointed in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 5/10/2013

    " Love my true crime and Ann Rule is still one of my fav's! This one didn't end the way you would want it to but great story about fighting for what is right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Svestka | 4/23/2013

    " I read it very quickly. I found it very interesting--finished it quickly. Love Ann Rule but hate that people go through such horrible things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/26/2012

    " I get mad at authors who don't end a book with a viable ending. There is no ending to this story. The only thing determined is the manner of Rhonda Reynold's death. Hopefully Ann Rule can write a sequel to this book with an ending that brings closure to Rhonda's family and Ann's many fans! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 10/12/2012

    " Interesting story. I usually love Ann Rule, but she really repeated herself over and over in this book. It could have been half as long! Hope an arrest is made one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Forgetfulone | 5/19/2012

    " I have read many Ann Rule books, and I like that she writes true crime. This story, though, was extremely repetitive and didn't follow a chronological timeline. I enjoy her writing style, and thought it was a good "story." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 1/8/2012

    " I love ann rule books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxie | 11/14/2011

    " Another great novel....Ann Rule is the best true crime writer....she has a way of getting you involved fro, the first page to the last page.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Metagion | 8/23/2011

    " Good book, very compelling, but it left me wondering: how could someone LITERALLY get away with murder? And wh did it take so long for the wheels of Justice to turn? Sad, but a cautionary tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dommdy | 6/15/2011

    " I could not get into this book. This is the first Ann Rule book I've not been willing to finish. Boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 6/15/2011

    " I am sure the deductions made in Ann Rule's research are very possible. I almost 2-starred this one though. Her friendship with Barb Thompson seems to mess with the author's point of view. Maybe not. However the book brings to mind a divorce where friends take sides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/10/2011

    " This book made me angry...Angry at once again the injustice that people seem to get away with!
    I found myself wanting justice to be done just like Ronda's Mom and I pray justice IS done someday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/23/2011

    " I thought the book was well written, as all of Ann Rule's books are. I found it easy to follow. It is an excellent choice for anyone who is into true crime and court cases. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ketti | 3/16/2011

    " i think that i have read every book that ann rule has written...this one i would not recommend. i won't say why....just in case you want to read it. i'd move onto the other fabulous books she has written. i met ann rule once at a book signing, she is sweet, kind, thoughtful, a fabulous woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adela | 3/7/2011

    " Tragic story, just not as compelling or captivating as Rule's other books. But a typically well-written well-researched Rule nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/26/2011

    " I get mad at authors who don't end a book with a viable ending. There is no ending to this story. The only thing determined is the manner of Rhonda Reynold's death. Hopefully Ann Rule can write a sequel to this book with an ending that brings closure to Rhonda's family and Ann's many fans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/22/2011

    " I really like true crime and Ann Rule is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarra | 2/16/2011

    " Ann Rule is a very good true crime writer. She gets involved with the stories but not overly involved. This book was a little dry in places but it's hard not to be when talking about evidence from a decade old crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2011

    " Definitely not her best book...writing was too simplistic. Very sad story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 1/27/2011

    " My second go-round with Ann Rule. Still not impressed. Find her writing very juvenile and incredibly generic. Why she is the "Queen" of true crime is beyond me. She is not even the same league with the late Philip Carlo . "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rule

Ann Rule (1930 or 1931–2015) was a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. Eight of her books have been made into movies for television, and she won the Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices. She also won two Anthony Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award three times. Aside from being a writer, she was a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectured frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso, winner of twenty-two Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit. She has won twenty-two AudioFile Earphones Awards.