This post is written in part of the He Will Be My Ruin review + excerpt blog tour. Thanks to Atria Books for providing me with a digital copy of the book for reviewing purposes!!
He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books (Simon & Schuster), February 2016
Overal Rating: 4.5/5 stars
On Sale February 2nd, 2016!! Pre-order your copy now.
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.
The way that Tucker writes creates SUCH a suspenseful mood is absolutely amazing. During the entire duration of reading this book, I was on my toes and terribly nervous. It was great that she was able to create such a feeling for the reader, definitely fitting of its genre.
The plot was very well thought out. There is enough complexity in it that keeps you engage, however not too complex that makes you want to stop reading because you don’t know what’s happening. I will refrain from talking about the details simply to avoid spoilers.
I REALLY enjoyed the characters. They were all so unique in motives and actions. This made it so interesting to read because I could NOT guess what the characters were doing.
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I personally don’t read a lot of mystery/suspense/thrillers, so this was definitely a change for me. However, I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I finished the whole book in one sitting, because I didn’t want to stop. I wouldn’t have been able to go to sleep if I didn’t find out about the ending. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, let’s be real here.. I suspected every character in this book. I don’t want to go into too many details since this book is a mystery, and I would hate to spoil you. However, this is definitely a “nail-biting” read and is perfect for anyone who loves reading mystery books or is someone like me, who doesn’t read them a lot. Overall, I find that this book was a GREAT read, possibly my favorite read of 2016 so far, and I highly recommend it to everyone to pick up a copy!
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Book Cover: 3.5/5
Look, I’m just…” I stare at my reflection in the mirror, my eyes lined with bags, my skin sallow, my hair matted. I look like someone who sat in bed for twenty-four hours, eating cold pizza from the box I had delivered last night and polishing off a bottle of vodka, all while reading the deepest and darkest thoughts from the last fifteen years of Celine Gonzalez’s life. Discovering things that I could have happily gone the rest of my life without knowing.
Which is exactly what I’ve done.
I can barely keep my eyes open and yet I know that sleep will not grant me a reprieve. “I’m dealing with a few private matters.”
“Well, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to fit you in when you decide that you’re ready.”
“You will, because your boss wants my money.” I hang up before I hear her snippy answer and stare at the journal in my hands.
I was torn between starting from the latest diary first and easing myself in with the oldest one, afraid that I wasn’t ready for what might lie within those last pages. That I wasn’t ready to witness just how Celine had lost herself.
And then I picked up a pink book with butterflies on it—the earliest dated journal—and read a thirteen-year-old Celine recount her major crush on my boyfriend at the time: a tall, gangly guy named Jordan who kissed her behind our house one day while I was changing into my bathing suit upstairs. She felt so guilty, she couldn’t sleep for a week. Through tears, I laughed—because I hadn’t even given that guy a moment’s thought in years—and I knew then that starting at the beginning of Celine’s story was the only way to do this.
And so I did, living the past fifteen years through Celine’s eyes, since the days she and Rosa still lived with me. It wasn’t hard to follow along. She dated every single entry. Some days she didn’t have a lot to say. Other days she’d fill an entire page, even writing along the margin. She seemed to follow a simple rule as the years progressed: one page per day, no more.
So many days.
So many confessions.
So many things that made my heart swell.
And so many that made my heart bleed with pain.
About The Author
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 an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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