by K.A. Tucker
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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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. 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 vodka, 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.
He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker is a standalone suspense that will grab the reader from page one and hold them until the last page is turned. He Will Be My Ruin was brilliantly told through the voice of the protagonist, with a few chapters dedicated to her best friend through journals. Tucker created a riveting suspense that kept me guessing.
K. A. Tucker is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. While her earlier works -Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series evolved from romance to romantic suspense in He Will Be Me Ruin Tucker takes of her gloves delivering an engaging, suspenseful thriller. She immediately hooks the reader with a hair-raising prologue. Before she takes us back almost a month to the day Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York to pack up her friend’s belongings after an apparent suicide.
As Maggie begins to pack, she question the suicide ruling. She is convinced there was foul play and the further Maggie delves into her friend’s life the more convinced she becomes. A picture discovered in a hidden lock box and Celine’s diaries have her searching for a mystery man named J.
Tucker began to have the reader question the suicide as we learn about Celine in her journal. Before arriving in New York, Maggie would have said she knew Celine better than anyone but now she is not so sure. In her pursuit of the truth, she befriends the little old lady across the hall and the buildings superintendent. Her questions and engagement with the man she believes is the mysterious J. soon have Maggie trying to unearth clues on her own. All of this leads her on a dangerous path into the arms of a killer.
He Will Be My Ruin had twists, red herrings and colorful characters. I liked Maggie, Ruth and both men she encountered. Secondary characters like Hans and the Private Detective she hired to aid her all added interest and contributed to the story. While I had my suspicions, Tucker threw in some twists that had me questioning myself. The threads were all tightly woven, and the mystery well-constructed. The reveal and climatic ending did not feel rushed and I found myself holding my breath.
He Will Be My Ruin is the perfect suspense, mystery, thriller for a cold winter’s day.