He Will Be My Ruin

KA Tucker
He Will Be My Ruin
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Atria Books
Release Date
February 2016
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 01, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
150 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "Who Done It?" Stars!

What a twisted journey! I absolutely loved KA Tucker's mystery/thriller debut! Using her talent for suspense which Ms. Tucker has expertly weaved into a number of her romance titles, she takes it one step further and takes us on a wild, spine-tingling adventure hunt for a killer. But be forewarned romance enthusiasts, this is not a romantic suspense title, so only choose to undertake reading this novel if you have an open mind to experiencing a story that lacks some of the typical romance conventions. However, for those romance readers that do, as well as the conventional mystery/thriller lovers, HE WILL BE MY RUIN is one fascinating and complex story that is sure to keep you guessing until the last minute!

Due to the suspense nature of this read, I suggest that you read as little as possible about the actual specifics of this story before enjoying it yourself. In that regard, I will keep the background portion of my review short, and as close as possible to the limited basics that you can identify from the blurb, to avoid spoiling any of the magic of this story for you!

Maggie Sparkes grew up with Celine Gonzalez, the daughter of her former nanny. Since they were roughly the same age, and did nearly everything together, they soon became best of friends. However, over the years, they had grown apart somewhat as Maggie was off in Ethiopia on a charitable venture, while Celine was in New York working and fine-tuning her antique appraising skills. In fact, Celine had recently been accepted to her dream school, the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where another good friend of Celine's worked. So all of Celine's goals where finally coming to fruition.

So when Maggie receives the dreaded phone call that Celine has taken her own life, she is completely perplexed. It just doesn't add up. Why would Celine do this? Convinced that the police investigation must have gotten the facts wrong, Maggie travels to New York and begins to unravel a multitude of hidden clues. Many of the clues revolve around a mysterious man, a person who Celine refers to as having been her salvation until he became her ruin, and a plethora of facts about her private life that Celine withheld from Maggie and her family.

Will Maggie be able to uncover the full truth? Even if she does, how can she convince the police that her suspicions are right when they already seem to have moved on? Moreover, with a killer still on the loose, will Maggie be able to do both these things before she becomes the next victim?

Be prepared to have your sleuthing skills tested! This is not a mystery I was able to solve easily. Moreover, even when I thought I had it all figured out, this story managed to take a number of extra twists and turns leaving me even more impressed with Ms. Tucker's imaginative writing skills!

I can't wait to read more of Ms. Tucker's writing. Whether it be in the romance or thriller genre, anything she writes is sure to go right to the top of my must-reads!
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