Published by Atria, Simon and Schuster on 2/2/16
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: Barnes & Noble
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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.
A truly gripping, sexy, and captivating suspense. If this is Tucker’s new bag, then I’m buying it.
I love K. A. Tucker’s stories and writing. There’s something effortlessly entertaining and compelling about her stories, and I think it’s her talent. She’s a smooth writer; her vigorous prose easily flows, making it easy for my eyes and mind to devour her words, sentences, and pages. I’m a reader, a reader of many books, but I’m an easily distracted reader, so the writers that can ensnare my overwrought, over-thinking brain, and allow me to block out the world around me, are my catnip. I know that K. A. Tucker can do this for me, and she did with He Will Be My Ruin. This sensual thriller trapped me. Not only that, it totally fooled me!
What’s this book about? Read the synopsis.
The novel opens with Maggie in New York, shell-shocked from the news of her best friend’s suicide as she prepares to settle her accounts. (Well, that’s not where it really opens. There’s an insane prologue, but I can’t tell you anything about that!) Anyway, Maggie becomes more and more suspicious about Celine’s death as she goes through her belongings. (As she should. You should never trust an ‘open and shut’ case! F*** the police, trust your gut).
I liked Maggie right away. She’s smart – an out-of-touch rich girl, yes, but she has a good heart – and she’s an unrelentingly loyal friend. The novel is told mostly through Maggie’s POV and it’s fun to puzzle through the facts and lies as she tries to uncover the true cause of her best friend’s death. The rest of the novel (about 30% of it, total) is told from Celine’s POV in the months before her death. I love how this is set up! We get to see more than the narrator sees, but we’re still in the dark, still completely spun around and confused (and insanely tense!) as we try to find out what the hell happened to Celine.
Of course, I can’t tell you who was who and what they were suspected of, because (hello?!) this is a thriller. So, you’re just going to have to go into it blind. I can say that the characters are amazing. Everybody is shady as hell and I didn’t trust a single one of them. I was so sure I knew what was going on, but then I wasn’t. Then I was worried, because I was so unsure, that I thought it would be an unsatisfying ending with View Spoiler »some random person named as the culprit. « Hide Spoiler But the reveal was… I thought it was genius. View Spoiler »So simple! She tricked me! Totally tricked me and I’m kind of mad about it, but I love it at the same time. I feel so dumb. Like, why didn’t I see it coming? « Hide Spoiler
He Will Be My Ruin is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it! I recommend it for the simple fact that it’s just a damn good book that’ll get your blood pumping (no flowery prose here, or in there ☺️). I only have one tiny gripe, and it’s that I believe one character’s story is hastily managed. But I get it…page count and all that. I just always want more. It’s a small gripe though, and it doesn’t at all take away from the fabulousness of the novel.
I was surprised at how many emotions it elicited. I felt the tension, and exhilaration from the adrenaline rush, of course. But there were also some poignant and thought provoking moments as well. View Spoiler »Why was she so fucking proud!!!! All of this could’ve been avoided. These idiots. « Hide Spoiler Also, humor. I laughed a few times while I was reading, and it was great to release the tension I was feeling, plus, a smart way to change the rhythm of the book so it never felt so ominous that I desensitized to it. And let me not forget, this novel is sexy.
Heads up: this book is organized under romance (as per a B&N employee) because they don’t have a romantic suspense section, but I don’t think it should be in that section. I believe it’s also listed under romance on Amazon. When I hear ‘romance’, I expect something that this book isn’t. There is romance, and I think it’s a sexy read – very sexy, because the dangerous tone just enhances the provocative undertones, but this isn’t a traditional romantic suspense. Regardless, it’s wonderful, and I’m all for reading different genres and sub-genres, so hopefully the classification is irrelevant for you.
I was looking forward to this book for a long time, excited that K. A. Tucker was embarking on a new journey and experimenting with her writing. I hate when authors get stale. Keep it fresh, people! Keep it fresh. She delivers with He Will Be My Ruin. I loved it, and I hope lots of readers take a chance with it, because it’s a book that deserves to be read.
P.S. It’s expensive as hell, but it’s worth it. I received the eARC and I went out and bought a hardcopy because I wanted to hold it while I was reading. Plus, I can get it signed at ABF! 😀