ARC Review: He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker

1 Feb 2016

Book Title: He Will Be My Ruin
Author: KA Tucker
Series: Standalone
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romantic Suspense
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.

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"This man was once my salvation. Now he will be my ruin."

He Will Be My Ruin was none other than a complete roller coaster ride of epic proportions. I'd heard this is her first dapple into suspense and I'd consider this a huge success. A true murder-mystery "whodunnit" trope, I was completely befuddled the entire book.

When Maggie enters her best friend, Celine's apartment to take care of her possessions after she commits suicide, she's pretty quick to realize things may not be as they seem. Yes, she died of a lethal cocktail of medications and alcohol but Celine had so much to live for. Things just don't seem to add up. So Maggie starts to dig...

That's all you're getting for plot in this twist-and-turn tale of secrets, blackmail, and revenge. Just know everything is not as it seems and just when the plot seems to aim in one direction, we get a complete switcheroo. Everyone seems the suspect and we don't even officially know a crime has been committed. Can Maggie and her high-priced PI figure out what the police refuse to call a crime?

He Will Be My Ruin I read in essentially one sitting. Is this romantic suspense? Not really. There isn't much of a love story but I didn't miss it. I just kept flipping the pages until I got some sort of answer to the tragic death of Celine. This book is completely different from anything else I've read by K.A. Tucker and I hail it a complete success! And did I figure it out? No. I was wrong. And I'm not happy!!!

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Advanced copy received by Atria Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


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About K.A. Tucker: 
 Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.            

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