Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker

He Will Be My Ruin
by KA Tucker
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Half Price Books
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 absolutely love KA Tucker's contemporary novels, so when I saw she was coming out with a thriller, I was definitely intrigued. The Spookathon came around and just so happened to be the perfect time to pick up this story about a woman trying to uncover the truth about her best friend's death.

Celine Gonzalez seemed like the last person to take her own life. With her dream of working with antique art finally seeming to become a reality, Celine's life was going really well. So when she appeared to have committed suicide in her apartment, Celine's best friend Maggie Sparkes is determined to find out what really happened to Celine. Maggie digs deep into Celine's life and uncovers secrets she never knew her best friend had, and soon realizes she can trust no one who was part of Celine's life before someone took it far too soon. 

When this book first started, I was intrigued. I was chugging along with Maggie as she was uncovering more and more things about Celine's past that she didn't know was going on. And that's how it felt the entire time. Chugging along. There was nothing particularly scary or heart pumping or thrilling about this story. I just continued reading it so that I could finally see if Celine really was killed or if she just committed suicide like the police thought. 

When it came to the characters, I still don't know if I liked Maggie's character or not. She was so quick to trust certain people and distrust others, while to me, I thought she should have been skeptical of every single person attached to Celine's life from the moment she met them. It did get a little tiring how much Maggie's wealth was brought up. We understood that she was wealthy and it was a sore spot for Celine, but we didn't need to be told over and over again. 

When the ending finally came, I was underwhelmed. While it was kind of surprising when we finally figured out the truth, the end felt rushed and I didn't quite believe how things played out. Maybe it's just that I am not a huge fan of thrillers in the first place, but this one was just average and didn't leave me feeling any sort of emotion.

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