He Will Be My Ruin
by K.A. Tucker
Summary: “A nail-biting thriller…clever twists and turns will keep readers in suspense, and just when they think they have figured out what happened to Celine, the story veers in another direction.”—Publishers Weekly
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.
Source: I received a digital copy from NetGalley
He Will Be My Ruin was a thrilling novel with twists, secrets, and murder. It’s a bit different from what K.A. Tucker normally writes, but similar in many ways. I enjoyed it and was kept on my toes, never figuring out who might have killed Celine and never expecting Celine to have the kind of secrets she had.
Maggie was a likable, though frustrating character. She was doing her best to take care of her best friend’s estate while also trying to dig deeper because suicide didn’t seem like something Celine would do. But Maggie also uncovered quite a bit about her friend that didn’t seem very much like her, either. The rabbit hole just kept getting deeper.
I honestly had no idea what would happen. At times, I suspected certain characters, changed my mind, and then suspected them again. It was a roller coaster. I was shocked by Celine’s secret life and the things she did to get by. I liked Maggie, but I understood Celine’s unwillingness to take her money and was also frustrated by her lack of understanding about money. I wanted her to wise up and realize that what was endless to her was the very thing that broke other people.
I enjoyed He Will Be My Ruin. It had the kind of characters that I love about K.A. Tucker novels and it was fast paced and full of twists and turns. I definitely recommend it to fans of the author and also to others who enjoy a good suspense with layers of secrets and drama. It didn’t have the romance that the author’s other books had, but it was more thrilling and suspenseful, which I liked. It shows me that the author can do more than contemporary romance and do it well and I always appreciate authors that can move beyond one type of book.