He WIll Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria
Published on February 2, 2016
Genres: Crime, Romantic Suspense, Mystery, New Adult, Suspense, Thriller
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“A nail-biting thriller...clever twists and turns will keep readers in suspense, and just when they think they have figured out what happened to Celine, the story veers in another direction.”—Publishers Weekly
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.
A woman who almost had it all . . .
On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?
A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .
Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.
Until he became her ruin.
On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
At this point in time, I am pretty sure that K.A. Tucker can do no wrong. Seriously. I have yet to read something by her that was anything short of wonderful. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but I just assume they will be amazing. I’m not even worried.
This book is a little different than her previous work, being a romantic suspense, thriller, mystery type thing. Her other books are more on the romantic side, and deal with family and social issues. Of course there is also her series that is urban fantasy/paranormal which I have yet to read, but I’m working on that…. anyway, this book is a new genre that she has jumped into and made her bitch.
Maggie is unfortunately dealing with the death of her lifelong best friend, when she starts to suspect things are not what they seem. I will not go into detail, because I don’t want assumptions formed based on this review, and I don’t want to reveal or spoil anything, but I definitely suspected everyone. At one point I might have even been suspicious of a little old lady. Seriously. But in the end it’s usually the liar that is guilty. The problem is, there is more than one liar. I wanted to love someone, I wanted to so much. But this is not that kind of book.
This may not be the kind of book where you find yourself on “Team So and So” or whatever. I couldn’t. I had moments where I wanted too, but it was just too questionable. I was so torn. Even when it is narrowed down to two people to blame, neither ends up necessarily being the “good guy”. With so many lies and so many secrets, how do you choose who to believe?
As it drew to a close, I started to see what was happening. Even as I did, it was still moving forward at such a pace and in such a style that I was hooked. I was intrigued. I wasn’t even upset that I started to see it coming, but I think I saw it coming at exactly the right time.
I loved the mixture of characters – Maggie is likable, I love her determination. I loved the strange detective. I loved that this isn’t a love story. The pacing was smooth; I was never bored. This was such a great mystery and thriller. KA Tucker can probably just reach into any genre and blow minds.
Can we have some horror next? Pretty please???