Nationally Bestselling and Award-winning Author

Reef Road

  • Kirkus Reviews'

    Best Books of 2023
  • Publishers Weekly Bestseller

  • Good Morning America

    Top 15 Books of January
  • American Booksellers Association

    Indie Next Pick
  • A truly absorbing mystery by a writer at the top of her game”
    • — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • This is an expertly paced thrill ride.”
    • — Publisher's Weekly
  • The exciting, page-turning intelligence of Reef Road cannot be overstated.”
    • — New York Journal of Books
  • Reef Road is the perfect example of literary and psychologically-driven action that takes suspense to a different level.
    • — Midwest Book Review
  • Royce delivers a rich story that’s also steeped in Palm Beach History and Society.
    • — South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Precisely and perfectly crafted.”
    • — Fresh Fiction
  • Reef Road is magnificent. It has left me shaken to the core.”
    • —Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
  • An altogether original novel of suspense. Instantly immersive and deeply felt, Reef Road is both intensely personal and powerfully universal.”
    • —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
  • Nothing short of brilliant.”
    • — Annabel Monaghan, author of Nora Goes Off Script
  • Mysteries intersect in this haunting page-turner as Deborah Goodrich Royce explores the ripple effect of violence, generational trauma, and the emotional weight of a case gone cold.”
    • —Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot
  • Propulsive and riveting.”
    • —Mary Dixie Carter, author of The Photographer
  • Original, taut, and psychologically complex, Reef Road is Deborah Goodrich Royce at the top of her game!”
    • — Wendy Walker, nationally bestselling author of Don’t Look For Me
  • Winner of the Zibby Award

    Best Plot Twist
  • Veranda Magazine:

    One of the 20 Most Riveting Books of Spring
  • Taut and propulsive.”
    • Kirkus Reviews
  • Imaginative, unique, spine-tingling, and just the right amount of eerie, Ruby Falls is what a reader wants a psychological thriller to be.”
    • —Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author
  • Captivating thriller.”
    • —Zibby Owens, author and host of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
  • Highly recommended reading for those who like gothic stories infused with psychological tension and introspection.”
    • —Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer
      Midwest Book Review
  • Secrets abound in this bang of a book, a haunting tale sure to give readers chills. A stunner with some serious Gothic vibes.”
    • —Kimberly Belle, Internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife and Stranger in the Lake
  • A tribute to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this unnerving story about a Hollywood starlet haunted by her past will captivate you right up until the shocking ending.
    • —Emily Liebert, USA Today bestselling author of Perfectly Famous
  • Ruby Falls is a skillfully plotted page turner!”
    • —Wendy Walker, nationally bestselling author of Don’t Look For Me
  • Fans of Rebecca will be enthralled with how the classic story is woven into the masterful plot of Ruby Falls.”
    • —Vanessa Lillie, Amazon bestselling author of Little Voices and For the Best
  • Much more than a mystery, Ruby Falls is about stories - the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we tell others, and the dark gaps in between.”
    • —Elka Ray, author of The Toby Wong Vancouver Island mystery series
  • Ruby Falls is a psychological tour-de-force that grabs you on page one and doesn’t let you go until the end.”
    • —Kris Frieswick, author of The Ghost Manuscript
  • Forbes

    One of the Top 5 Must-Read Summer Mysteries
  • Good Morning America

    Top 10 Summer Reads
  • Sexy and a little dangerous.”
    • The New York Times Book Review
  • Juicy and suspenseful.”
    • People Magazine
  • A compelling, well-written thriller with an effective, twisty plot.”
    • Kirkus Reviews
  • Once you’ve enjoyed Finding Mrs. Ford, you’ll find yourself expecting more great things upcoming from this author, as am I.”
    • Forbes
  • The real thrill of Finding Mrs. Ford comes from reconciling the person Susan says she is with the girl she used to be.”  
    • Foreword Reviews
  • An impressively original, immediately engaging and thoroughly entertaining novel by an author with a distinctive narrative storytelling style, Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce is unequivocally and unreservedly recommended.”
    • Midwest Book Review
  • Lies from the past are uncovered in this thrilling and entertaining debut—incredibly well written and so visual at times it will catch your breath; this book would make a wonderful movie!”
    • —Jennifer Blankfein, Book Nation by Jen
  • Finding Mrs. Ford tackles big themes of identity, friendship, and loss, spinning out the suspense right to the last page. A total triumph.”
    • —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives
  • Don’t think you know who’s at the door, what’s in the envelope, or who’s been sleeping with whom until all the players have been accounted for.”
    • —Sherri Daley, BookTrib
  • Written with such self-control and calculating precision, Royce has done an excellent job of keeping us glued to the pages as the characters expose themselves in their intricate lives, and lies. A superb debut!”
    • —Annie Philbrick, Owner, Bank Square Books and the Savoy Bookshop & Café

About Deborah

Deborah likes to call her novels identity thrillers—which she acknowledges is not a "thing"—and delights in nothing more than a riveting literary puzzle.

Deborah Goodrich Royce: Author of Ruby Falls and Finding Mrs. Ford