Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine Books, April 22, 2014)
Imagine going on a long-planned vacation with your family only to wake up and find your children missing from the hotel room. Now imagine it is determined that your husband took your children and the police are unable to do anything about it. Liz and her husband Paul have a nice life in a small Adirondack town in New York State. Liz has a small farm plot and sells her harvests and products made from them and Paul is an adored professor at a nearby agricultural college. They have decided to take their two young children, Ally and Reid upstate to visit Paul’s parents at their cattle farm; Liz is a little surprised as they haven’t seen Matthew and Mary in a very long time and Paul is mostly estranged from them. As Liz begins to look for her children she realizes that there is a lot about her husband she doesn't know and there is a secret from his past, one that caused the estrangement between Paul and his parents, one that is very disturbing, and one that might just be the key to where Paul has taken the children. Strange encounters with strangers at Liz’s house and threats to stop looking for her children make her all the more determined to find her children and bring them home no matter the cost. Tautly plotted with many twists and turns, Ruin Falls will keep you reading long into the night as Liz’s worst nightmares are slowly revealed.