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A book set in a library Oh yes, try and stop me The rest of the synopsis really caught my eye too Unusual, thrilling, exciting A compelling plot with intriguing characters As it progresses we see the very worst that humanity has to offer The dark atmospherics ratchet up the tension yet further Main character Ruby is a loner whose only social interaction is at work and who immerses herself in the past to avoid thinking about the here and now That changes when she is visited by the police while working at the library one day.Slavin structures the novel in such a way that it falls into two distinct halves The first section builds the tension and continues to add different threads to the mystery and the second is where everything unravels until Ruby is in extreme danger Despite the overwhelming struggle Ruby has she does not quit There were so many questions to be answered and as the truth emerges you get those answers.Emotionally challenging and featuring sensitive themes that the author deals with admirably, The Stopping Place is a great read that is deeper than other thrillers out there with a unique, impactful storyline with fantastic use of observational humour.I would like to thank Helen Slavin, Ipso Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. One thing can be said for certain about this book, Ruby, the main character, is not a quitter Overall, this was a fantastic book that told a very compelling story There were so many questions that needed answers and as you read along the truth began to emerge The only thing I can add as a criticism is that the writing was a bit overdone at times I could read the sentence a few times and still not quite understand what the author was saying Other than that small negative, the story was unique and it was fast paced The questions I had were all answered by the end of the book Kudos to Ms Slavin for an interesting read and for creating a heroine that she should be proud of Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for the chance to read and review Has it ever happened to you that you read blurb of some other book and end up requesting some other from netgalley Well, same thing happen to me.but since I got this from NG, I ll give it a try regardless The stopping place by Helen slavin.Ruby Robinson drifts through life stacking shelves at the library, quiet, solitary, invisible Invisibility lends itself to collecting secrets, though, and Ruby has always valued the importance of knowledge She watches the world go by from her place amongst the shelves The bored students, the domestic dramas, and her colleague Martha vivacious, wild, enchanting.Drawn in by Martha s light, Ruby finds herself watching, observing which is why she notices the cracks in Martha s shiny new relationship before anyone else.Forced to intervene, Ruby is drawn out of the shadows, but all actions have consequences, particularly someone with a past she d rather forget.Ruby spends her days among books She should have known that every story has a history and that secrets don t stay hidden for long Good read although it was slow I did read it 4. Meet Ruby Robinson, a librarian and self confessed people watcher The quite unobtrusive woman that no one really notices, but she notices them and when you blend into the background it is surprising what you see and hear So it is Ruby that notices her coworker Martha is having relationship problems She can see the tail tale signs that things are wrong, very wrong She knows the signs and excuses of domestic violence but how far dare she become involved in Martha s relationship at the cost to herself Because Ruby has a secret of her own, one that she desperately wants to remain exactly that a secret With the arrival of the police at the library Ruby s past catches up with her, shattering her quiet life and secrets are revealed.The book is set in a library which being a book geek I absolutely loved Set in two parts, present day and Ruby s past it is certainly a rollercoaster of a ride, packed full of suspense and emotions, one that will surprise you and ultimately delight you For me it was Ruby s past that made this book for me, she is a great protagonist who s inner dialogues were so realistic that I could hear myself saying and thinking the same things, I swear her voice became and sounded like my own at times, and if nothing else, Ruby is certainly not a quitter.This book deals with an emotional theme that is portrayed perfectly and handled with care The setting of the book is fairly unique to this genre which is great, the characters are all well fleshed out, personable and relatable It may not be the fastest paced book to begin with but the second half of the book makes it completely worth it This is the first book I have read by this author and after reading this one I will definitely keep an eye out for in the future.The Stopping Place was published back in Jan 2018 so i am a bit late in discovering it but i am glad that I did You can grab a copy now and it is even available at the moment to read for free with s Kindle Unlimited Ruby is isolated and dissatisfied with her life Her only real social interaction is at work However, most of her colleagues at the library have problems of their own, and Ruby likes to detach herself from the others, sitting in the staff room on a chair by the window, looking out across the park opposite The working environment is a microcosm of society, reflecting many of it s ills, and Ruby appears to want to distance herself from that world Indeed, given the opportunity, she spends most of her days independently in the archive, immersing herself in the minutia of the everyday lives of the people who inhabited the local manor, Kite House, during the culminating years of the nineteenth century It s a welcome relief Here she can escape from the workplace undercurrents of aberrant husbands and the machinations of illicit love affairs It s also a release from the uncomfortable knowledge that a pervert prowls the town, seeking unattended washing lines decorated with bunting of woman s underwear As the plot progresses we are given a view of humanity s underbelly as seen through Ruby s eyes The narrative drawing the reader into Ruby s world with well rounded characters and expertly crafted atmospherics of place However, all the while there is a pervading suspicion that Ruby is guarding a distasteful secret herself It s an uneasy equilibrium, and when a police detective visits the library one day and starts asking questions, Ruby is toppled from her precarious pedestal Helen Slavin has divided her novel into two distinct halves, and it is a very effective way in which to tell Ruby s story The first section builds to create a multi threaded mystery which, in itself, is the consequence of the frightening tale that unfolds over the passage of the second half Gradually you ll begin to realise the immense danger of Ruby s situation And as the tension ratchets up, and blackness engulfs Ruby s past, you ll struggle alongside her, willing her to resist the overwhelming sense of the futility of resisting Carefully avoiding titillation and sensationalism, the author s unique approach gives fresh insight into sensitive themes that will be familiar to many readers This definitely isn t an all is wonderful, sunshine and blue sky novel If you like an emotionally challenging book, I definitely recommend it. .FREE DOWNLOAD ⚖ The Stopping Place ♸ Martha Has Responsibility For The Book Club And The Author Visits, And Dresses Like A Gypsy That S Not A Criticism, By The Way She Puts Tones And Shades Together That Make You Feel You Ve Been Seeing The World In Black And White All Your Life In Winter She S Velvet And Raw Silk And Wool Have You Ever Seen Raw Silk Just The Sight Of Her Coming Through The Door Each Day Makes You Want To Jump Up And Wave Your Arms I D Love To Dress Like That Ruby Works At The Library Shelving, Mainly Not In The Archive That S Mrs Atkinson S Magical White Gloved Domain, Where She Stands Watch Over The Historical Photos And The Special Files Of The Lost Boys Who Went To War Ruby Would Like To Work In The Archive Of Course, But There S Only One Pair Of White Gloves And Anyway Martha S The One Being Groomed For Greatness Martha Of The Flamboyant Bohemian Style And Russet Toned Beauty And The AffairsRuby Can See The Appeal Of The Affairs The Heat, The Danger Ruby Sees A Lot, Loitering There Behind Geography , Enough To Worry Her Maybe Even Enough To Bring Her Out Of Hiding And That Could Be A Problem, Because Everyone Has History Especially Someone Who S Trying To Lose ItHelen Slavin Brought The Afterlife To Life In Her Funny, Quirky First Novel, The Extra Large Medium With The Stopping Place She Takes Her Delicious Observational Humour Into Darker And Mysterious Territory, With The Harrowing Story Of A Woman Whose Past Has Made Her Try To Become Invisible All reviews can be found on my blog at out of my comfort zone once again with The Stopping Place by Helen Slavin Having not read or heard of Helen Slavin and her books, I was intrigued to see what awaited me beyond the front cover of The Stopping Place Seeing as I m not really one for reading blurbs, I went into this book blind so to speak, my decision based on the cover of the book and the title alone What peaked my interest at the start of the book was how the storyline was set in a library As nerdish as people may think, you cannot beat a book which is set in a library if you re a bookworm End of There really is no better setting However, when the storyline seemed to point in the direction of invisibility for the main character, I knew straight away that The Stepping Place was a different style of book to what I m used to I continued reading as I didn t want to give up purely on the basis of the storyline being different , that wouldn t have been fair on the author at all.The main character, Ruby, seemed to play all of her cards close to her chest and, weirdly enough, I actually found myself becoming and intrigued by Ruby s personality as well as the traits which were being kept hidden What was Ruby hiding As the story went on, it became clear exactly what Ruby s life was all about and whilst the author did write the story well, I have to admit that I spent a lot of time waiting for the Big Bang part of the book to happen And it didn t.There is a lot about The Stopping Place which made me stop and listen, especially the way in which the author produced the storyline itself Whilst this book didn t blow me away, I can still appreciate the thought behind it, including the historic features which Ruby came into contact with.Very different.Thanks IpsoBooks. The setting for The Stopping Place is a library and that sparked my interest I couldn t think of a perfect place to set a story The main character Ruby is definitely unique We really spend the book trying to figure out why she is the way she is.This was my first Helen Slavin book, it is written in a style I haven t ever read before and I don t quite have the best words to describe it It s almost lyrical the way it flows It was a special reading experience for me.As I got further into the book I was waiting for something extraordinary to happen and it didn t Although the book has some thought provoking topics throughout there is a certain pace to it that just wasn t for me, I found all the crying and weirdness with the library staff a bit much and I couldn t connect with Ruby at all However, others readers will love the storyline and unique writing style. Helen Slavin s The Stopping Place is a horror novel, at least for women readers It isn t terrifying at first The first part of the novel is unsettling, sure, especially as protagonist Ruby starts to become a vigilante for women who have problems with men who don t listen to the word no But when the second part, in which Ruby reveals where she came from and why she is so profoundly afraid of men, that The Stopping Place turns into a story so chilling that I had a hard time getting through it Thankfully, the ending not to say too much delivers justice for Ruby and other women victimized by men Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.