At 10, he stabbed his father
with a letter opener.
There’s the murder
of the family maid.
Now, his parents die
in a strange traffic accident,
and Deborah is willed custody.
What’s the novel about?
Willed custody of her best friend’s son, Deborah Rheinhart suspects the twelve-year-old is a murderer…and he is.
At seven, William killed his mother’s dog. At ten, he stabbed his father with a letter opener. There’s the murder of the family maid.
Deborah finds that she’s brought home a boy who is driven by hatred and rage. Injured by him the very first day, William threatens Deborah’s carefully secured life. Finding a knife stuck in her bedroom door, waking to William standing over her when he’s supposed to be locked in his room, she’s is pushed to the brink of hysteria as both she and the boy’s hired chaperones suffer increasingly disturbing incidents.
Straddling North Idaho ranch life and the prestigious world of Grand Prix show jumping, To Inherit a Murderer by E. J. Ruek is the story of a woman who must learn to love and listen, regardless how evil-seeming the child within her care. It is a story about earning respect and admiration by actions, which Deborah achieves, despite herself. William believes in her as he has never believed in anyone. But when Deborah lets her guard down and begins to believe in William, death answers.