He Will Be My Ruin
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: New Adult/Adult Romantic Thriller
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her romantic thriller debut with this 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.
Twenty-eight-year-old 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 bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker’s Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood 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 who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.
On the hunt for answers 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 who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
He Will Be My Ruin is one of the best thrillers I've read this year by far. Every aspect of the book was incredibly well done, and I honestly don't know how it could've been any better. If you've read any of my reviews before, you'll know that thrillers are one of my favorite genres. Most fall short of my hopes and expectations, but still have a good story line. This novel had my mind doing flips as I tried and tried to figure out who the killer was. Each time I thought I had it right - there would be a huge twist in the plot, and I'd be right back at square one. This happened several times over throughout the book, and although it bugged me at the time, I love that it made me go in circles and kept me guessing. When I've found a book or author that can pass this "test" - I know I've come across true skill and writing talent. This was definitely one of those books in so many different ways.
The story was incredibly well written with lots of vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that brought all the characters and the story itself to life right before my eyes. I loved Maggie as the main character - she was down to earth, smart, determined, and wouldn't back down at any cost. Celine was a wonderful and intriguing character as well - even though we don't actually get to "know her" - except through Maggie's diary entries, thoughts, and memories. Even the secondary characters throughout the book were rounded with distinct personalities and traits. This is perfect with a thriller or mystery because the author leads you to believe that you know all of these people - but in truth, you have no idea what is really going on. Which is precisely what this novel did - a lot - and I loved every little piece of it.
I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't go into much detail about the plot or what happens. Another thing about this book that makes it so hard to review is how much I loved it and nothing I could ever say about it would come close to describing how awesome it is. I can't do it justice, which is a shame, but there's a very small list of these books for me - and this one definitely earned a top spot. The last thing I have to talk about was the writing style the author used. The story is told from Maggie's perspective - through journal entries and present day experiences. Since we get to see everything from Maggie's point of view, we're able to form a very close and personal bond with her. As readers, we're privy to her thoughts, emotions, memories, suspicions, hopes, dreams, fears - I could go on and on. The point is that we get to see a much deeper side to her character with the first person point of view - and I think that the author made the perfect decision to go with this style of writing for the book. I felt like Maggie was talking to me personally - telling me the entire story herself - and like I was right beside her throughout the novel, experiencing it all with her. That kind of connection is hard to find with a character, so when you add that factor in with all of the other aspects of the book that I mentioned (and the ones I didn't) - you get one heck of a novel. I honestly can't recommend this book highly enough - especially to fans of the genre - as well as readers who enjoy suspense, mystery, romance, and contemporary fiction - basically everyone should read this one. Right now. I promise you'll have a wicked experience while reading and it'll definitely keep you guessing until the very last second.Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.
She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.
Buy Link: Amazon
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