Blood Sugar

Books on Tape. Apr. 2022. 8:39 hrs. ISBN 9780593553046. $76. THRILLER
Ruby Simon has a secret. On the outside, she’s a happily married Yale graduate, a successful psychologist, and an animal lover. On the inside, she’s a serial killer. Of course, her victims were all detestable, maybe even dangerous; if Ruby only kills degenerates, she can’t possibly be one herself. When her husband dies, however, Ruby’s proximity to so much death is finally called into question. Will a tragic accident finally reveal her true nature? In her fiction debut, Rothchild has cleverly constructed a protagonist that is equal parts sympathetic and cold. Narrator Allyson Ryan’s impassive, almost annoyed, tone is such a stark contrast to the compelling story that it serves to unsettle listeners almost as much as the murders themselves. Through this first-person point of view, Ryan becomes Ruby herself, nonchalantly recounting her criminal past. Short chapters with cliffhanger endings enhance the suspenseful tone and shocking twists.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a psychological thriller with an amiable yet amoral protagonist. Recommended for fans of Greer Hendricks, Gilly Macmillan, and Michele Campbell.
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