Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 14 minutes
First Published: 2020
When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.
Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.
An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.
Quotes from Saving Ruby King
Rebellion even in its smallest forms can eventually birth great change. With change comes hope.
Invisible lines dissected black lives from white ones, and these lines were intentional and political and created with clear meaning. The unspoken rules and written laws define these boundaries.
But more things than love bind people together, secrets and lies make just as hearty a bond as love.
There’s no ointment or prayer that can heal mean. No one to deliver me like the fairy tales in storybooks or churches. We look to others to save us and we must save ourselves.