In the Still of the Night

  • by Ann Rule
  • Narrated by Barbara Caruso
  • 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From true crime legend Ann Rules comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon - and a determined mother’s 11-year crusade to clear her daughter’s name.
It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and 32-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle to Spokane to visit her mother and brother and grandmother before the holidays. Ronda’s second marriage was dissolving after less than a year, her career as a pioneering female Washington State Trooper had ended, but she was optimistic about starting over again. "I’m actually looking forward to getting on with my life," she told her mother earlier the night before. "I just need a few days with you guys." Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mother, who had met her daughter’s second husband only once before, was just happy that Ronda was coming home.
At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds called 911 and told the dispatcher his wife was dead. She had committed suicide, he said, although he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t know if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem was conducted. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the death scene nor attended the autopsy, declared the manner of Ronda’s death as "undetermined." Over the next eleven years, Coroner Wilson would change that manner of death from "undetermined" to "suicide", back to "undetermined" - and then back to "suicide" again.
But Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide.

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Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Can I receive a half credit refund? I paid for a whole story and only got half, struggling through the 29 parts of this book only to arrive at the last part to listen to "Maybe this person murdered the victim, bur maybe it was that person." What's with that?

I have read or listened to several of Ann Rule's books. I thought that Green River, Running Red was very well written. Ms. Rule cleverly switched back and forth between a narration of the victim's histories and a detailed biography of the killer. This device kept the reader engaged, telling bits and pieces of the killer's twisted background, while telling the sad stories of the many, many victims.

This book plodded on, turgidly recounting over and over the greed and coldness of the victim's husband and presumed killer. Only toward the end did the focus shift, and I will not go there and spoil it for other potential readers. I read on, eagerly waiting to learn the killer's identity, judgment and punishment. But this was not to be. The book ended with speculation, plus a dark hint that Ms. Rule was in possession of information that she could not yet reveal.

Other authors have had the integrity to abandon a project that could not be resolved. Ms. Rule should not have written this book, and I should get a half credit refund. :)
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- Fred

Never a dissapointment!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like true crime novels, Ann Rule is the best. She developes the characters to the extent that you can see and sense them. They become your neighbors and friends. You walk with them through their difficulties and root for their success.


What other book might you compare In the Still of the Night to and why?

Truman Copote's "In Cold Blood"


Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

Barbara. The Mother who wanted justice for her daughter and found the people and resources to see it through.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me angry. We watch weekly as crimes are solved through technology on our televison and wonder why in this narrative, the police were so incompetent.


Any additional comments?

Could not stop listening. Ann Rule draws you into the lives of these people and you just want to finish the book to see what happened.

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- Bessie Hawley-Crissman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio