"Something about the flashbacks—from staid, starchy Watch Hill, RI, in 2014, to big, bad Detroit in 1979—made it feel sexy and a little dangerous...the story is a fun one, with a nifty twist midway."
– The New York Times
"Royce, an actress and a story editor for Miramax, imbues her debut novel with plenty of drama, suspense, and sharp observations. [...] A compelling, well-written thriller with an effective, twisty plot."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Juicy and suspenseful"
– People Magazine
"Royce draws you into her plot via her dazzling treatment of this setting, and other equally well-drawn locales, including disco-era suburban Detroit, which figures heavily in the plot as well. This novel, which is Royce's first, features equally three-dimensional characters and plot twists that are engaging and original as well. Once you've enjoyed Finding Mrs. Ford, you'll find yourself expecting more great things from this author, as am I."
"In this absorbing debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce takes readers on a twisty, mesmerizing journey between the rarefied world of Watch Hill, Rhode Island and the warring of gangsters of 1970s suburban Detroit, as a grieving widow is forced to confront the consequences of a fateful summer thirty-five years earlier. Brimming with vivid characters and emotional insight, Finding Mrs. Ford tackles big themes of identity, friendship, and loss, spinning out the suspense to the last page. A total triumph."
– Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of "The Summer Wives"
"Deborah Goodrich Royce's gripping and relatable literary suspense novel Finding Mrs. Ford unravels the decades-old secret behind an otherwise perfect life... The novel's payoff is a thrilling twist that comes late in the book. As Susan accepts that the truth will cost her everything's she's known, her memories of 1979 become more vibrant, violent, and graphic. The real thrill of Finding Mrs. Ford comes from reconciling the person Susan says she is with the girl she used to be."
– Foreword Reviews
"An impressively original, immediately engaging and thoroughly entertaining novel by an author with a distinctive narrative storytelling style."
– Midwest Book Review
"Royce has done a sterling job of incorporating all the things our mothers warned us about...Which is where the title of the book comes in. Don't think you know who's at the door, what's in the envelope, or who's been sleeping with whom until all the players have been accounted for."
"In her literary debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce has given us the sort of thriller that wants to be devoured in one sitting. Written from start to finish with crisp and poignant prose, compelling characters and setting, Finding Mrs. Ford entertains as much with imagery as with its masterful plot twists. I couldn't put it down."
– Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Author of "Eden" and "The Nine"
"The plot propels forward in unexpected ways—connecting the past and present with an ending that I didn't see coming. If you are seeking a beach read that is impossible to put down, look no further than Finding Mrs. Ford. I was hooked from the very first page."
– Sarah Vickers, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, Co-found Kiel James Patrick
"Deborah Royce's first novel, Finding Mrs. Ford is a treat—an exquisitely written literary thriller that compels the reader forward right to the last page and makes one hope she is writing a second and third novel."
– Patricia Chadwick, Author of "Little Sister: A Memoir"
"I tore right through the early galley of Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce this past weekend. This is a thriller set in wealthy Watch Hill, RI and blighted suburbs of Detroit, MI, alternating between the late 1970s and present day, with an incredible twist in the middle that will take your breath away. Written with such self-control and calculating precision, Royce has done an excellent job of keeping us glued to the pages as the characters expose themselves in their intricate lives, and lies. A superb debut!"
– Annie Philbrick