Tabula Rasa
Shelly Reuben

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Narrated By: Anna Fields

Duration: 7 hours and 17 minutes

What to expect

Arson investigator Billy Nightingale and his brother-in-law, Officer Sebastian Bly, are called in to investigate a house fire that killed two young children. The discovery of a baby hiding underneath the porch put Billy and Sebastian on the trail of a murderous mother while Sebastian and his wife, Annie, raise baby Meredith without revealing her dangerous and frightening past. Meredith grows up to be a promising young ballerina, fueled in part by the fictional past that Sebastian and Annie have invented for her. But the truth threatens their charmed family circle as Merry's biological mother returns to finish what she started.

Tabula Rasais not only a gripping and entertaining crime novel but also a sensitive, warm exploration of the deeper issues of what defines a family and an individual.


Crime and mystery fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Generational sagas, Thriller / suspense fiction

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Tabula Rasa is a stunning novel. It shocks and revolts you, and then restores your faith in humanity. Reuben writes not only of fire, but with fire.”

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, winner of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America

“Shelly Reuben is an experienced arson investigator as well as a licensed private detective, which lends authenticity to her novels. Better yet, she is an adroit storyteller with a gift for creating quirky and compelling characters.”

San Diego Union-Tribune

Tabula Rasa…is a compelling, intriguing tale that deals with the exposure of a calculated murderer whose victims are close to home…Reuben’s mesmerizing tale succeeds on a variety of levels, exploring the growth of an individual whose past is a blank slate.”

Lansing State Journal

“A poignant crime drama…Reuben, herself a veteran fire investigator, skillfully depicts the arson investigation.”

Publishers Weekly

“This exciting suspense story, similar in style to Mary Higgins Clark’s early novels, will grab teens from its intriguing beginning and keep them reading.”