Published by Atria an Imprint of Simon & Schuster on 2/2/2016
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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.
❝I’m a collection of frozen bones and numb terror,❞
This was completely unexpected! ‘He Will Be My Ruin‘ was a thrilling ride, full of twists and turns and unexpected happenings!
K.A. Tucker needs to write more books like this! The way she crafted the story and characters was superb. The ebb and flow of the plot, coupled with the complexity of these characters made for a compelling read. The mystery was intriguing and as soon as I thought I knew what was going on, a twist was thrown in, leading me on a different path, keeping me guessing until the end.
Maggie Sparkes is a humanitarian, a very wealthy humanitarian. Raised in a family which had servants, Maggie has lived the life of luxury that only money can give. Because of her desire to help others, she uses her money to build a nonprofit organization in Africa and Asia. Living amongst the villagers so she can better understand their needs. She is inquisitive and ambitious. It is these traits that help her investigate the death of her beloved friend Celine. She has known and been best friends with Celine most of her life. Celine’s mother Rosa worked as a house keeper and nanny for Maggie’s family. Rosa moved in with Maggie’s family when Celine was four-years-old. So when Maggie finds out that Celine has died of an apparent suicide, Maggie doesn’t believe it. It is too out of character for her dear friend.
Searching for answers, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for. Reading Celine’s diaries not only provides the help needed to investigate her death, doing so also makes Maggie sad, realizing the depths of her friends financial and emotional struggles.
Even though this is told in the POV of Maggie Sparkes, Tucker provides us with glimpses into the diaries of Celine Gonzalez which lends insight into her state of mind and her life. As well, we are given Celine’s POV in flashbacks. The way Tucker wrote these scenes provided for the slow unveiling of the story. I literally couldn’t get the information fast enough. I was so tempted to read the end of the book just to know what really happened.
Keep in mind, even though there are steamy scenes, ‘He Will Be My Ruin‘ is not a typical romance, it is a suspense-filled read. Which was perfect for me because I love this genre of books.
One caution: stay away from spoilers. This story is too good to not go in blind. I had only read the blurb (which is excellent by the way), so I was kept guessing the entire read. If you would like to read the Prologue and 1st Chapter before you take a chance, click here ➜ Prologue and Chapter
I hope we will get more books like this from K.A. Tucker!