Published by Atria Books Release date : February 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Suspense
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
He Will Be My Ruin is my first Tucker book, and I see it. I see why she has many, many fans. And why so many of my friends have been pushing her books on me for quite some time now. Her writing is engaging and flows well from the page, making He Will Be My Ruin a quick and easy read. It’s a mind F*&% for sure, and I was often DMing a friend who had read it recently with all my “OMG WHAT THE ACTUAL F’s.”
However. *dun dun dunnnnnn*
I enjoyed this book, I did. I found myself with my mouth agape, clenching my jaw and mumbling obscenities throughout. But… I don’t know. The more I think about this book, the more jumbled my thoughts get. Kudos to you, Ms. Tucker.
Have you seen that show Motive? From the beginning, you KNOW whodunit. But you don’t know WHY. This book reminded me of that show, from a personal stand point. I figured out who did it early on, even though I questioned myself a millions times. But questioning myself is not the same as changing my mind.
It was obvious and then not so obvious. The reason I kept my suspicion on a specific character were a few things. One – my gut. I always Always ALWAYS stick to my gut and even though evidence was pointing elsewhere, I never once changed my mind. Two and Three, View Spoiler » Ms. Tucker tried TOO hard to point evidence somewhere else. Once the direction changed so drastically, I knew it was a ploy to have the reader (me) look somewhere else. Sadly, it just sealed my suspicion.. And lastly, the personality of the other person didn’t fit. Creepiness aside, those types do not go to such drastic measures. « Hide Spoiler
Another reason. I read a book recently with almost the exact same plot. Except it was the main characters sister, not best friend. Even the method of suicide was the same. It was uncanny.
That aside, I loved Maggie’s dedication to uncovering more about Celine’s life, and what really happened to her. Part of me felt bad for Maggie, because there was so much Celine kept from her. It’s a sharp slap in the face, and it makes you question how much you REALLY know a person, especially the ones you think you know well. Yet, part of me felt like Maggie wasn’t very approachable, so I understand why Celine was so.. secretive. Maggie was also too damn trusting. She was quick to suspect, and then too quick to throw out CLEAR AS DAY warnings and trust a person. It was maddening.
All in all -I liked He Will Be My Ruin. I felt like such a nosy person wanting to know more about Celine’s life, and all the secrets she had. That, was well done and my favorite part(s) of the book. I like how easy her writing is to read, so I will be checking out more books by Ms. Tucker.
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