Non-Fiction - True Crime
196 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2021
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Author Biography

Ruth Forrest Glenn has been writing for 40 years, as early as 1970 in her first diaries with a key, to present of 2022. JUGGERNAUT is her fifth novel published, bringing the first of a seven book series.
Her characters have a unique portrayal and fresh approach to living their lives from the city to the small hometowns' of America. Remember the children who survived the Depression of the 1930's raised their children through the 1960's-1970's. Heaven Help Us! JUGGERNAUT's Story Can Now Be Told!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Bette could never do anything right in her father's eyes. Her father, Jake West, wanted a son. Jake never missed an opportunity to tell her she was good for nothing. Bette had very low self-esteem and started hating women. Jake was abused when he was a child by his older brother. It was the beginning of domestic violence that could be handed down. Bette met Mark Omen, and they fell in love. They got married soon after. But Bette could not stand her daughter, Jennifer, since birth. Mark had been in a relationship with Darlene before his marriage to Bette. When Darlene moved into town, Bette was on high alert. She was jealous of this previous relationship. Bette rushed out of the house after a phone call from Darlene. The Omen household was turned upside down in Juggernaut by Ruth Forrest Glenn.

Juggernaut by Ruth Forrest Glenn is complex. The story was fast-paced, and I enjoyed the twists and turns. There was never a dull moment. The story is packed with intrigue and suspense and full of action. I was compelled to keep reading to see where the story was going. The characters were well-developed and authentic. Everyone had a background story, and I knew where they came from. My favorite character was Jennifer. She grew up with a mother who hated her. However, she did not allow her mother’s behavior to change who she was. She stopped the domestic violence in her generation and raised her children in a loving home. The story is excellently written. It captured my interest and was a fascinating read.

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Juggernaut by Ruth Forrest Glenn is the first book in the It Went Like This series, a gripping true crime with an intelligently written plot and robust characters. Forty-six years ago, a phone call to the sheriff’s wife got her rattled. That phone call was from someone who was going to be a victim of murder. But what happened was witnessed by the sheriff’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Jennifer. The deputy sheriff went after the sheriff’s daughter, asking what she knew. But the young girl, terrified and abused by her parents to keep her mouth shut, could say nothing. It is not until after four decades that she musters the strength to speak up.

Juggernaut is poignant and heart-wrenching, a tale of murder and domestic violence that explores what parents can do to hide their evil. Readers are introduced to a world where those who are supposed to protect lives and seek the truth hide it. The author’s descriptions are terrifically rendered and readers will have vivid images of what happened on the fateful night of the murder. The emotions of the young girl are strong and readers instantly feel sympathy for her. The story opens with a disturbing scene, capturing the meanness with which Jake West treats his toddler, Bette, calling her dirty and evil. The cycle of domestic violence will eventually be transmitted down to Jennifer, the sheriff and Bette’s fifteen-year-old daughter.

From the moment the reader is introduced to Mark, Bette, and Darlene, the narrative becomes more gripping and electrifying. The premise is ingeniously written and the interest of the reader is grabbed. Ruth Forrest Glenn writes in prose that is excellent and in a tone that is captivating and spellbinding. This is one true crime story that is written with ingenuity and will have the reader on the edge of their seat. A book never made me so angry and riled at domestic abuse before the way this one did.