What She Never Said

What She Never Said

by Catharine Riggs


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People are dying at a luxury retirement community . . . and not from natural causes.

Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at Serenity Acres, where the privileged elite go to die. For a hefty fee, wealthy retirees can live the good life in this posh Santa Barbara community—even after they outlive their money. Ruth thinks this is a fine arrangement, but the savvy new boss has a new rule: if you can’t pay, you can’t stay.

Ruth is deeply disturbed when destitute residents start dying at an alarming rate, as if on cue. Even more troubling, a macabre note accompanies each departed guest. Surviving guests whisper about an “Angel” who assists with suicides. Ruth has another word for it: murder.

Ruth enlists her neighbor, an ex-detective named Zach, to discover the Angel’s secret identity. However, the two have a painful history, and Ruth has dark secrets all her own. To solve the mystery, Ruth must descend from her golden tower—but can she bear the consequences of revealing her own sinister truths?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542042130
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: Santa Barbara Suspense Series , #2
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Catharine Riggs lives and writes on California’s central coast. Before turning to fiction writing, Riggs worked as a business banker, an adjunct college instructor, and a nonprofit executive. What She Never Said is her second novel. Visit the author online at www.catharineriggs.com.

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What She Never Said 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
laur3296 4 months ago
I'm conflicted about this book. The good. It was a well written, engrossing read. It was also thought provoking, and made me stop and reflect. I really got involved in the lives of The characters and wanted to know what was going on. The bad. I just didn't like Ruth, the main character. And I need to like the protagonist to truly enjoy a book. (I'm kind of superficial like that). Overall, a very enjoyable read. Thank you to net galley for the advance read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
My first reaction "WOW" what a intriguing dark premise for a book. I found myself unable to stop reading until its conclusion. The writing drew me in, the sub plot and charcters rich and well connected. This was a unusual dark mystery that also can be a thriller at times. I liked it and do recommend it for all who enjoy a darker mystery/thriller. This is the story of a nursing home and someone unknown affiliated with the home is assisting the elderly die. The management is not concerned. Ruth, the VP of Operations at Silent Acres ( what a pun on words !) has seen to many suspicious deaths so she calls a retired detective friend and has him work the night shift. .Together they investigate and try to find the person responsible. If you have a parent at a nursing home this may be to disturbing to you. It is a different type of mystery with interesting charcters and a good plot. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the advance reading copy. My opinion is my own.
BookLover40MA 5 months ago
In this day and age of people living longer than ever before but also they are getting diseases that can ravage their body but leave their minds intact, who really wants to live like that? This story explores the idea of assisted suicide and the possible "slippery slope" it could lead to. The characters were well written and most of them were endearing and had me rooting for them while I was hoping other characters got what was coming to them. There was plenty of action, suspense, and twists to make you want to keep reading. I voluntarily reviewed the advanced review copy of this book via NetGalley.
aelily 5 months ago
This was an interesting book. The premise is that there is an angel of death roaming around a retirement home killing off residents who are close to death. It’s straight forward and fascinating but unfortunately this book just isn’t that good. It’s a shame because the characters are some of the most I’ve ever read and I loved to hate them. The reveal of the killer and the climax are lackluster and the end is laughable and not in a good way. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy of this ARC.
rlhendrick 5 months ago
Ruth Mosby is the VP of Operations at a luxury retirement community. Ruth is very strict and doesn’t like it when rules aren’t followed. So when the retirement home is sold to a new company, things don’t sit well with Ruth. The new company wants destitute residents out. There have been residents dying under unusual conditions and someone called the “Angel” is responsible. Some of these deaths seem to be assisted suicide when there is evidence of a “club” of elderly residents who want to decide when they die. However, others start to die including destitute residents and others with secrets no one knew about. Ruth enlists her neighbor Zach, a retired police officer, to work as a security guard and to help her investigate the deaths. This book had me interested from the beginning. There were enough twists and turns to keep me reading even if I did figure it all out before the end. Thank you Netgalley for an advanced reader’s copy for my honest opinion.
casey710 5 months ago
I wanted to love this book and I almost did. It's very well written and the mystery at the core of this book (seniors being murdered at a retirement home) is tightly crafted but the two main characters, Ruth and Zach, just didn't quite ring true for me and I had a hard time getting to like them or to believe their narrative. Aside from that though this book held my interest until the end. If you can get to appreciate the pair I think you will enjoy this story. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy for review.
labmom55 5 months ago
I’ve got two elderly parents in a retirement community, so I spend a lot of time there. Thus, I was interested in a murder mystery dealing with a retirement community. The book starts with the concept of an “angel of death”, someone helping the elderly on their way in exchange for telling a secret. But the real story seems to be about Ruth, the VP of Operations at Serenity Acres. She’s an odd one, a real stickler for rules. She’s not an easy character to like, even though she’s very sympathetic to her “guests”. When the community is bought by a publicly traded conglomerate, the old ways are tossed out the window and Ruth’s concerns really make her the odd man out. Ruth brings in Zach, her neighbor, a retired detective, to work as nighttime security. They have a dark history together, which we’re not privy to initially, and it’s damaged both of them. The story alternates between Ruth and Zach. Zach’s sections include way too much of him talking to his dead wife, which annoyed me. I can’t say this book enthralled me. I found the writing and plot to be pretty predictable and average. I had a good idea who the Angel was from early on. And the ending seemed rushed after such a long lead up. I hadn’t realized this was the second in a series. But it’s easily read as a stand-alone. My thanks to netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of the book.
Janice Lombardo 6 months ago
Ruth works as a director at Serenity Acres - a "life care community" in Santa Barbara, California. Ruth is cold and can be uncaring to her employees...and they know it. A patient with terminal bone cancer is assisted in dying by an "Angel" who keeps a Crossing Journal of all those (7 so far) who have passed on with his/her help. A common thread seems to be a pink post-it with the patient's name and a date & time. And what is the Goodnight Club? Sarah and her children, Adam & Alice have strained relationships - to say the best. Judgmental and commanding Ruth has not been caring in any of her relationships. Her neighbor of 30 years, Zach, needs a job ( he was a detective but alcohol got in the way). Ruth helps Zach get a positon with Security at Serenity. Serenity is sold, Ruth's boss retires and her nemesis, Kai, is promoted. And, not surprisingly, it all is about money. It looks as if the "destitute" patients who can't keep paying to stay there are being phased out and placed in less tasteful accommodations. Zach has a son that died and his wife died shortly, thereafter. Somehow Zach and Ruth share a secret that involves this... Zach finds out that Kai has some lethal weapons and is taking martial arts classes. .Adam starts back on his drug habit and gets a kitchen job at Serenity. There, he meets Ember, a night carer. At some point, Zach's old buddy from the force becomes the detective on happenings at Serenity. A good story with characters that are believable (yet mostly unlikeable!) Some surprises along the way and overall an enjoyable read. Many Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for a good read.
MKF 6 months ago
This alternates between Ruth, the VP for Operations at a retirement community, and Zach, a private detective she's asked to help her figure out why and how some of the less well off residents died. And who is making that happen. That's the most important thing. There's new corporate management and they're cutting costs but would one of them become "Angel?" This raises interesting questions about how senior communities deal with keeping their promises when residents outlive their money, an issue that's going to become more common with improved health care. The mystery is interesting and the characters (I know Ruth is not meant to be likable but she's sort of a hoot in spots) nicely drawn. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A quick read.
JillB1 6 months ago
More of a mystery then thriller. Not an author I’m familiar with but would certainly read another of her novels. Fast read,, easy read.