“Blood Sugar”

Is Ruby Simon a victim of unfortunate circumstances or a cold blooded serial killer?

“Blood Sugar” opens on the beach; a child is in peril, in a life and death struggle. Trauma follows. The old saying goes that where there is smoke, there is fire, and there is a lot of smoke around Ruby Simon. Ruby, 30, lives in Miami Beach, and police are interrogating her about a murderer. The police have photos of four people, and each photo has a story. These four people had at least two things in common; Ruby had contact with all four, and they are all dead. Just how many people did she kill? Is she, herself, a victim of the terrible, even unspeakable tragedies that happen around her?

“Blood Sugar” is Ruby Simon’s story, and she tells her story as a conversation with the reader, chatting as if talking to a friend, a confident, telling all, everything she wants no one else to know, and yet she has secrets that must be kept forever. She goes back and forth in time, transitioning smoothly, filling in details, making startling revelations, and posing unanswerable questions. Often past and present are contained in the same conversation.   Ruby is organized and methodical. She has a syllabus for everything; she has control because she plans, and she takes precautions. Ruby unfolds her life to readers like a Picasso painting; it is a horrible disfiguring of the facts, but none of it is actually a lie. She tells a story, and then reflects on the why, the how, and the purpose. To her, life’s past events are spoiled milk; they just have to be thrown out. She does not tolerate the putrid smell of past bad actions.

 I received a review copy of “Blood Sugar” from Sascha Rothchild, Penguin Publishing Group, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons. It was not the book I was expecting, but I could not stop reading. It is fast-paced, and there is a surprise on every page.

“Blood Sugar” is now available in print, as an e-book, and on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries and anywhere you get your books.