Deborah Goodrich Royce - Finding Mrs. Ford

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On a summer morning in the seaside village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the FBI visits Susan Ford. They have come to ask her about an Iraqi Chaldean named Sammy Fakhouri, but Mrs. Ford denies knowing him.

Flashback to the summer of 1979 when a much-younger Susan meets wild-as-the-wind Annie Nelson, who lures her to work at a shabby discothèque on the crumbling edge of Detroit. Frankie’s Disco is populated by Italian-American men, Iraqi Chaldean men, and pretty girls whose parents don’t know or care what their daughters do on sultry summer nights.

Finding Mrs. Ford is a riveting work of literary suspense that builds up steadily and ominously—like a roller coaster chugging up a track—until the chilling moment midway when it begins its shocking and thrilling descent.

Deborah Goodrich Royce

Apart from writing, Deborah loves good books, good movies and good conversations about both with family and friends. And—it goes without saying—good doggies.

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Deborah Goodrich Royce - Finding Mrs. Ford
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives

—Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives

In this absorbing debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce takes readers on a twisty, mesmerizing journey between the rarefied world of Watch Hill, Rhode Island and the warring gangsters of 1970s suburban Detroit, as a grieving widow is forced to confront the consequences of a fateful summer thirty-five years earlier. Brimming with vivid characters and emotional insight, Finding Mrs. Ford tackles big themes of identity, friendship, and loss, spinning out the suspense right to the last page. A total triumph.”

In this absorbing debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce takes readers on a twisty, mesmerizing journey between the rarefied world of Watch Hill, Rhode Island and the warring gangsters of 1970s suburban Detroit, as a grieving widow is forced to confront the consequences of a fateful summer thirty-five years earlier. Brimming with vivid characters and emotional insight, Finding Mrs. Ford tackles big themes of identity, friendship, and loss, spinning out the suspense right to the last page. A total triumph.”

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Author of Eden and The Nine

—Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Author of Eden and The Nine

In her literary debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce has given us the sort of thriller that wants to be devoured in one sitting. Written from start to finish with crisp and poignant prose, compelling characters and setting, Finding Mrs. Ford entertains as much with imagery as with its masterful plot twists. I couldn't put it down.”

In her literary debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce has given us the sort of thriller that wants to be devoured in one sitting. Written from start to finish with crisp and poignant prose, compelling characters and setting, Finding Mrs. Ford entertains as much with imagery as with its masterful plot twists. I couldn't put it down.”

Patricia Chadwick, Author of Little Sister: A Memoir

—Patricia Chadwick, Author of Little Sister: A Memoir

Finding Mrs. Ford, Deborah Royce's first novel, is a must read for those who love a powerful thriller and appreciate exquisite writing. Her depiction of scenes is cinematic and lures the reader into the ever-intensifying drama.”

Finding Mrs. Ford, Deborah Royce's first novel, is a must read for those who love a powerful thriller and appreciate exquisite writing. Her depiction of scenes is cinematic and lures the reader into the ever-intensifying drama.”

Annie Philbrick, Owner, Bank Square Books and the Savoy Bookshop & Café

—Annie Philbrick, Owner, Bank Square Books and the Savoy Bookshop & Café

I tore right through the early galley of Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce this past weekend. This is a thriller set in wealthy Watch Hill, RI and blighted suburbs of Detroit, MI, alternating between the late 1970s and present day, with an incredible twist in the middle that will take your breath away. 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!”

I tore right through the early galley of Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce this past weekend. This is a thriller set in wealthy Watch Hill, RI and blighted suburbs of Detroit, MI, alternating between the late 1970s and present day, with an incredible twist in the middle that will take your breath away. 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!”

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