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The Vanishing of Ruth

The Vanishing of Ruth

Author(s): Janet MacLeod Trotter

Location(s): Central Asia, Europe, India

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery

Era(s): 1970's and present day

1976: Ruth English and her lover Marcus, 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 – sometimes dangerous – hippy trail to India. 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 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

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