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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Girls Are Gone by Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann is a true story. A bitter divorce and a custody battle over 5 children results in terror on April 19th, 2013 when two of the children disappear. Samantha and Gianni Rucki were being settled back into the family home when they disappeared without a trace. Their father, David, worked with law enforcement every day to try to find his daughters, knowing that his ex-wife, Sandra, had something to do with it, although she, surprisingly as their mother, refused to get involved. Then Sandra disappeared. In November 2015, after 944 days missing, the girls were found in Minnesota, living on a ranch. Four people were charged with their disappearance, including Sandra Rucki, and this book tells the story of the criminal trials of all those involved.
The Girls Are Gone By Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann is an excellent true crime book. The two authors became acquainted in 2016; Michael a reporter and Allison representing David Rucki in court. This is a very involved book with lots of detail, including court transcripts, telling the whole story from start to finish, filling in some of the lesser known details about the case. This book reads like a crime novel but is far more horrifying, given that we know it is the truth. It is riveting and compelling reading but it will require some staying power. Loved it! I like true crime stories and this one is way above any other just because of the amount of detail and the way it was written; matter of fact yet drawing you into the web a step at a time. Fantastic book, I wish there were more like it.