Published by Atria Books on 2nd February 2016
Genres: Crime, Romance, Suspense
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*An E-ARC was supplied to me by the authors in exchange for an honest review*
Wow this book was addictive! I had a really hard time putting it down especially once I got closer to the end. As soon as I saw KA Tucker was coming out with a standalone romantic suspense book I knew I had to read it. I was a huge fan of the Chasing Water series and I couldn’t wait to read more like them. And He Will Be My Ruin did not disappoint.
It started off with Maggie arriving in New York to clean out her friend, Celine’s apartment after she committed suicide. While Maggie had been away from the states for a little while, she didn’t believe Celine would commit suicide and as she started cleaning her apartment she found evidence that Celine was keeping secrets from her. Included in that was a journal that Celine wrote in every day. From those entries we got to see Celine’s POV. I thought those were very intriguing and frustrating at the same time since Celine never wrote down names. I mean who writes a journal with private thoughts and writes in code!?!
From the get go I suspected everyone from Celine’s mystery man to the building super to the art appraiser friend to even the neighbor at times. I definitely had my suspicions of certain people but every now and then I would question what I thought and go back to the prologue to see if I missed a hint. The prologue took place in the future and found Maggie at the mercy of Celine’s killer, which was a killer way to start the book but also left me a nervous wreck trying to figure out how she got in that situation.
I loved Maggie and her seeking justice for Celine attitude. She seemed like a great friend who used her money to help people. Celine was interesting. On one hand I could understand some of the choices she made but at the same time wish she wasn’t so stubborn. Mainly though, I felt very sad for Celine and not just because she got murdered but because of the way she viewed her life. One character I really loved was Ruby. She was just awesome and I loved her friendship with Maggie and them trying to figure everything out. I was also a fan of the private detective Maggie hired. He was a little rough around the edges but he took Maggie’s claims seriously instead of dismissing them as ridiculous. Though, she was paying him so he kind of had to haha. The other characters I thought were good but I always had my suspicions about them so I couldn’t ever invest myself too much into them in case they turned out to be the killer.
The story in itself was great and very interesting. It kept me reading to find out what was going to happen or new revelation Maggie would uncover. There were some things I would have liked to have been addressed or had a conclusion to but I guess that made it more realistic since you don’t always get all the answers. However, it’s a book so I want all the answers and lingering questions resolved ;p. I’m greedy like that haha.
Another great read from KA Tucker! I am really loving all these romantic suspense novels she’s writing. I rarely find ones I love and she does the mix of romance and mystery really well so I say keep ‘em coming please! I can’t wait for her next book! Please let it be another romantic suspense. Fingers crossed ;).
These are Celine’s most private things. No one was ever supposed to find them.
With slightly shaky hands, I shift my focus to the bottom of the closet, where shoe boxes and storage containers are stacked in tidy piles. I toss them about, rooting through the contents, anxious over what I might find.
Until I come to a decorative box of dangly necklaces and bracelets, made from giant stones. An uneducated person might mistake them for costume jewelry, but I know that the diamonds are real. I can tell by their sparkle. Several receipts sit at the bottom of the box, indicating a pawnshop where it looks like Celine had already sold some pieces.
I crawl on my hands and knees to check under the bed. Nothing but a single dust bunny—the soul survivor of Celine’s excessive cleaning regime—hides there.
I toss the lamp onto the recently delivered and freshly made bed—the silk white shade bends but I don’t care—and pull apart the makeshift end table, yanking the long and narrow crates apart to hit the hardwood in a loud clatter.
Books spill out everywhere.
The crates are full of little books, ranging from pink journals with unicorns to leather-bound diaries with locks. No keys included.
I didn’t know Celine kept a diary. But of course she did. She liked keeping track of everything. It only makes sense that she would keep track of her life.
I gather every last one and spread them out across the bed. Hoping that somewhere in here I’ll find a reasonable answer…
Dreading the truth.