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Early Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

He Will Be My RuinTitle: He Will Be My Ruin

Author: K.A. Tucker

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: N/A

Publication Date: February 6, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1501112074 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1501112072 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Kristie


“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.

Quick & Dirty: Non-stop page turning mystery, with a shocking twisted ending.

Opening Sentence: My wrists burn.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Be prepared to not want to put this one down. He Will Be My Ruin is a page turner. I didn’t want to stop reading until the mystery was solved. Maggie digs herself into a killer mystery and opens doors that she probably shouldn’t have opened. When her best friend commits suicide, Maggie knows there has to be more to the story. Her friend would never have killed herself, she had to have been killed. This is not a romantic novel but there is sex. Maggie is hurting and the pleasure takes her mind of the pain that she is feeling. This story has so many twists and turns that it kept me guessing the entire time. I loved that I managed to stay surprised until the end reveal.

Maggie and Celine couldn’t be more different, yet they are the best of friends. Unfortunately as they grow older, their lives grow further and further apart. Celine in New York City becoming an antiques appraiser while Maggie travels all over the world with her non-profit organization. Maggie thought her best friend wasn’t holding any secrets from her but Celine was holding back several huge secrets.

The novel starts off with Maggie already kidnapped and in trouble but then cuts back to how she got into that situation and the subsequent countdown to that date really helped keep me glued to the story. I don’t want to reveal too much about the story so I’ll just try to lay down the basics. After Celine’s funeral Maggie travels to New York City to take care of Celine’s property and to also investigate her death. Maggie finds Celine’s journals detailing all her painful and heart wrenching secrets but Maggie can’t find the one journal that details the last four months of Celine’s life.

Maggie spares no money and hires a private investigator. She hopes that Doug can help her uncover the clues and dig into places where she can’t. In the meantime, Maggie continues digging into the clues left behind by Celine, even approaching people that Celine knew and accosting the ones that she believes are responsible for her friend’s death. Maggie makes friends with Ruby, the eighty year old woman who lives across from Celine. Ruby is quite the eavesdropper. Maggie also meets Hans, Celine’s antique appraiser friend, who really helps Maggie with working through her friend’s collection.

I can’t leave out the two incredibly hot guys that Maggie meets while in New York City. There is Grady, Celine’s apartment handy man. This British man and Maggie quickly strike up a sexual relationship. Then there is Jace, the incredibly sexy financial analyst whose naked picture that Maggie finds in Celine’s things. Both these men are way too hot for the page but I really loved how Maggie and Celine see both of these men differently.

Money is a huge deal in this novel. Maggie has run away from it, becoming a philanthropist instead of going into her family business. Celine wants to pave her own way. She wants a job that will net her money while also finding the right ambitious man to marry. When Maggie starts on her mission she has no problem throwing the money away that she so carefully wanted to get away from. Maggie is a bit stuck up but she is incredibly thoughtful towards others, especially Ruby.

He Will Be My Ruin wasn’t exactly what I expected. As long as you don’t go into it expecting a romantic love story, you will be fine. That was honestly the only thing that threw me off of the story but it was an extremely engaging read. If you love mysteries, I highly recommend it.

Notable Scene:

“Hey . . .” Jace’s hand lands on my knee. “I don’t lose my clients’ money. I thought you trusted me.”

I want to slap his hand away. And in that time that I consider it, Grady appears in my doorway. It takes all of two seconds for his eyes to zero in on Jace’s hand.

“Hi, Grady.” I stand quickly, moving a few steps toward him. “What’s up?”

He smiles—a tight smile—and holds up a drill. “Ruby just called me down, about a kitchen cabinet hinge needing fixing?”

“Oh, that’s right. I did.” Ruby’s eyes twinkle. “But why don’t you come in for some tea first?” She produces a fifth cup from somewhere, as if she anticipated this. I’m sure that’s why she also left Celine’s apartment door open.

Grady’s work boots, unlaced, clomp against the floor as he saunters in, the late-day scruff along his jawline reminding me of the other night. In his dark faded jeans and Black Sabbath T-shirt, he’s about as polar-opposite to Jace as a guy could get.

And I’m becoming that much more attracted to him because of it.

I feel myself blush and duck my head as Ruby introduces Grady to everyone—because I clearly have no manners anymore.

When I dare look up again, Jace is sizing up Grady, and Grady is glaring daggers at Jace, and neither Ruby nor I miss the exchange. The only one who seems oblivious is Hans, too busy stuck in a hot-guy haze to stop smiling. “So what local project were you talking about, Maggie?”

I turn to level Jace with a gaze. “Helping steer women away from prostitution.”

Jace coughs against his mouthful of tea. “Is that something your friend was passionate about?”

“I was definitely something on her mind.”


FTC Advisory: Atria/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of He Will Be My Ruin. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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    Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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