Book Review: He Will Be My Ruin

Posted January 8, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments

Book Review: He Will Be My RuinHe Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on February 2nd 2016
Genres: adult, Thrillers
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.
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.

He Will Be My Ruin was my first K.A. Tucker book, and it won’t be my last. It wasn’t a perfect read for me, but overall I enjoyed it, and it was just what I needed to kick off my new year of reading. I expected it to have more romance than it did, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was more of a thriller with a little bit of romance than a romance with a little bit of thriller. Unlike most people, I always prefer LESS romance unless I am reading a book specifically for the romance.

In this case I wasn’t. It was the premise that drew me in because I am really am into reading thrillers right now. I like books with fast pacing and excitement, and I am not into contemporaries like I was before. My tastes change a lot. I feel sorry for the publicists and bloggers who have to work to find things I like. I am the most inconsistent reader anyone will probably ever meet.

But back to the book. It was slow and repetitive during the first half, and this is why the rating is lower. If the rest of the book had been like the second half, I think I would have given it five stars, or at least very close to it.

This book has your basic red herring, but it is disguised well so you don’t really know WHAT to think, and then when you get to the end, you’re like, “Oh crap. I should have figured that out.” But the beauty is, you don’t. I didn’t. And it’s a very rare day when a thriller can surprise me anymore. I think I thought the murderer was every single character at some point. I felt like an idiot, which usually I hate, but in this case, I was pretty awed by the writing since it fooled me so well.

The other thing that was slightly irritating was how generic the female characters were. Philanthropist protagonist that is rich and works for the unfortunate in Africa? Unoriginal. As is the victim being an art history dealer/student. I would have liked to see a little more originality there. And also, if you are going to write a book set in NYC, let’s bring the setting to life. It felt a little flat to me.

But let’s be honest. You are reading a book like this for plot. At least I hope you are. If you’re reading for the romance you assume will be there, you’re going to be disappointed. And if you’re reading for a decent mystery, you’re going to like it. I gotta be honest. I don’t understand all the high ratings because it wasn’t THAT good, but I realize that this author has a large fanbase so that’s probably the reason.

The side characters were actually much more entertaining than the mains. Ruby, Doug, and company. And sometimes I wish the book was about the side characters who are almost always more interesting than the ones the authors choose to revolve a plot around. But I still liked it. It just didn’t blow me away.


2 responses to “Book Review: He Will Be My Ruin

  1. I haven’t read any K.A. Tucker either, but I’ve heard so much about her books that I should probably give them a chance. I’m not sure this’d be the one I’d start with though—I like the sound of her Burying Water series.


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