He Will Be My Ruin
By: KA Tucker
Published: February 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)
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Goodreads description--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.
You know those books that completely ruin you from reading something else after you finish them? He Will Be My Ruin was one of those kinds of books for me. I've read 9 KA Tucker books before this one so I could pretty well figure that I would enjoy He Will Be My Ruin; however, this one has such a different premise than all of her other books that I've read. Then I started seeing people update their Goodreads status with nothing but good comments about this book so I knew I needed to go ahead and get it read sooner rather than later.
I do have to say though that I'm really not a fan of the cover for this book, and I hope they do a redesign soon.
And truthfully I'm not sure how much I can say without giving anything away. But KA Tucker had me questioning everyone and everything. Every character has their secrets, and those secrets keep them from being fully trusted. I even questioned the little, old crime-novel-writing-next-door-neighbor at one point. KA Tucker did a wonderful job of dropping little morsels of information in just the right way. I was thinking one way, and then the other, and then back, and then back again. It was the perfect amount of intrigue and mystery.
I will say that this is no love story. While there are some romantic and physical entanglements with multiple characters, don't go reading this looking for an epic love story happily ever after. I'm not really commenting on how things end, but I am saying that this is just not what this story is about. KA Tucker writes just the right amount of give and take in this area to keep readers interested who look for this kind of thing when it comes to picking a good read.
-"Where is that confident Maggie Sparkes who liked to dress up and tease me...?" I glare at him. "She's been kidnapped. It doesn't suit her."
I truly feel like I just can't say anything else without ruining anything, and this is a book that needs to be experienced the way that it was meant to. Just know that you're in for a ride--one you won't want to put down. There were a lot of f-bombs and a few physical scenes. But overall, I was obsessed with He Will Be My Ruin. 4.5 Stars. Have you read He Will Be My Ruin? What did you think? Let me know!