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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He Will Be My Ruin
Mystery / Suspense
February 2, 2016
I’ve never met a K.A.Tucker book that I didn’t love, and that’s a true statement. Usually she writes books with a romance involved in some way. This is her first foray into the mystery genre. She, of course, has incorporated mystery into her other books, but not to this extent.
When her best friend Celine kills herself, Maggie refuses to believe that it was anything but murder. She comes to New York to take care of Celine’s possessions and to clean out her apartment. Along the way, she finds Celine’s diaries and by reading them opens a whole new can of worms. Nothing is as she thought with Celine. Now it’s not a matter of Celine killing herself, but of who it was that killed her. And the police don’t believe her.
Imagine if you had so much money that you want rid of it. That’s Maggie’s life. She’s an heiress that didn’t embrace her parents mega company. Instead, she uses her money in third world countries, trying to undo the the damage her family’s company does to the environment and to the poor that live in squalor in those countries. She’s hands on and lives most of her time traveling and working in many different countries. So she really has lost track of what’s happening in Celine’s life. And although Celine is dead when this starts, she is a character in this book through flashbacks. I enjoyed Maggy’s character, and felt for Celine and all that happens to her. The author also introduces us to characters that we can guess the who done it part about, and ones that we can just love, as well. Her characters are all fully realized, something that I really appreciate, especially in a mystery.
This was one of those mysteries that keep you guessing until the end. I think I pretty much knew the who done it part early on, but I wasn’t positive. To me, that makes a mystery pretty great-when you can’t figure it out. There’s some red herrings here and there, and Maggie gets smart and hires a private detective. But that doesn’t keep Maggie out of the middle of all of it. As in smack-dab in the middle of it. There ends up being life or death moments and even some romantic moments. But that’s all there is, moments, because this is not a romance in any sense of the word.
It’s an adult read due to violence and sexual situations, and I highly recommend this to K.A.Tucker fans, mystery readers, and to anyone that enjoys a can’t put down story. I always look forward to anything Ms.Tucker writes and now that includes the mystery genre. Highly recommended.
The review copy of He Will Be My Ruin was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About K.A. Tucker
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.
She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series – Causal Enchantment- are available now.
Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS–originally self-published–was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, FIVE WAYS TO FALL. The prequel novella, IN HER WAKE, will be available September 2014. Her next project, BURYING WATER, will be out in October 2014 from Atria Books.
K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.