He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Source: the publisher via NetGalley
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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I was already a huge fan of KA Tucker’s writing, but this book blew my mind!
He Will Be My Ruin takes everything I love about Tucker’s books and magnifies it by a thousand–more intrigue, more mystery, and more deception. It reads like an Agatha Christy-style whodunit, where no one is above suspicion. I am blown away by the intricacy of plot and how the threads of the story were woven together so perfectly. Everything is so richly layered: the characters are perfection, the writing is flawless, and the suspense is intense.
Since the story is told mostly from Maggie’s point-of-view, we get to know Celine through her eyes and memories. Every twist and turn, every discovery and doubt is genuinely felt through Maggie’s emotions. I loved that she is so loyal to Celine, even after her death, and so tenacious in her quest to find the truth. She’s smart, resourceful, determined, and just prickly enough to make her charming.
The story kept me guessing and furiously turning pages until the very end. I had a theory almost halfway into the book, but Tucker took that guess and blew it out of the water. This is the first book in a LONG time that had me wanting to flip to the end just to get the answers I desperately needed. (As a person who can normally guess the ending to murder mysteries on TV and in movies, it was quite rewarding to be surprised.)
If you like suspense that makes you think and feel, keeps you on your toes, and blows your mind, then this is the book for you. I can’t recommend it enough!