Wednesday, 22 February 2017

He Will Be My Ruin [Book Review]

Hello there!

Title: He Will Be My Ruin
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Published Date: 2nd February 2016
Rating: 4 stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*


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Synopsis: 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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Review: If I was Maggie Sparkes in this novel, I think I probably would’ve done a lot of the same things she had done.

K.A. Tucker is an author who I have heard a lot about. It has been on my TBR for a while that I should try one of her novels. I was so happy to receive a review copy of this one to celebrate its paperback release! And boy was this one really good murder mystery.

In this novel a best friend has died, and Maggie is sure it wasn’t an accident. What I liked most about this novel is how in depth we get to the main characters. I was sure by the end of the novel I was not going to know much about Celine’s (the one who gets murdered) history, but more so about what happened to her in the last moments of her life. But Tucker insists that we get to know her. First, we get to know her as Maggie knows her. But as we go through the novel we learn that there was a lot more to her than even Maggie knew. It must be hard to find out your best friend’s thoughts and actions are slightly different than you would have ever expected.


Maggie is also working with a private detective. I don’t know how, but a combination of the prologue and the clues had me second guessing everything. At first, I was pretty certain I had been able to predict who the killer was and their reason for it. But the detective, Maggie and the clues all lead me to believe it had to be someone else, then someone else, until I had no idea and I began second guessing everyone. I think that’s something which shows it was a good murder novel.

I also quite liked Maggie as a main character. She’s someone who has a lot of money, but in the novel I gradually grew to like her because she also has passions which drive her. Maggie’s particular passion is helping those in need with her money. Celine’s was antiques. I like how the author gave them both something they were incredibly passionate about. I don’t know why I really enjoy reading from points of view of driven characters, but they seem more realistic to me, and more enchanting.


The writing style was lovely. From the very beginning I was pretty much hooked because of the way this author writes. I practically drank in her words and wanted more until I didn’t do anything but read the novel. I just had to know how it ended. The suspense slowly built up, and there was quite a bit of action at the end as well.

For some reason I had the misconception that K.A. Tucker was a YA writer. As I mostly review YA on Olivia’s Catastrophe, I feel like it is worth mentioning that she is not. There are some explicit scenes in this novel, especially when it comes to sex. It’s never in a lot of detail but there is enough for me to let YA readers know there are some mature moments ^.^


I really enjoyed reading this first novel by K.A. Tucker and cannot wait to pick up another one of her novels in the future now.

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: How trusting are you of people you’ve just met?


Olivia-Savannah x

16 comments:

  1. This was such a pleasant surprise to me! I mean, a good take off from most of her books.

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    1. I haven't tried her other ones, so I don't know what her usual is! But I am glad you were able to enjoy this one so :D

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  2. Gosh, I SO want to read this book now! I like to (at least try) to trust people until they give me a reason not to, but then I listen to my intuition if something feels 'off' as well. :O)

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    1. I hope you do pick up a copy, because I think you'd love it. Yes, trusting intuition is everything ^.^

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  3. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was my first K.A. Tucker book as well and I was impressed by how everything came together. Great review!

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    1. I am glad you could enjoy this one too. I can't wait to read more by this author :)

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  4. Oh gosh...like never. Okay, okay, maybe rarely. I make exceptions for children. Haha. I generally am pretty neutral toward people I meet. But, as I get to know them, then I decide then. It's always the charming one that puts me on alert. I think I've read too much thrillers.

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    1. Same... I'm always pretty trusting of children. But I suppose neutral is a very good and fair enough approach. Hehehe book influence :3

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  5. This was my first Tucker read as well, and I loved it. I think the mystery behind whodunit is what kept me reading.

    I'm not trusting of others that I've just me. It's like me creep radar goes off, or something. Maggie took a lot of risks trying to prove what happened to her friend was no suicide.

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    1. Yes, the mystery was really the most alluring quality of the mystery! Seems like someone has a strong intuitive sense when it comes to other people :)

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  6. It sounds like an interesting read. :)

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  7. I love trying to guess whodunit. I love that it keeps me guessing all the way to the end.:)

    I am too trusting for my own good. I am often being told to be more wary of people I meet.

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    1. Yes, the guessing is almost like a game! So much fun ;) I wonder whether too trusting is actually a bad thing... maybe in some cases it can be.

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