Reviewed by Bethany Kelly
He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker focuses on Maggie, who comes to New York to pack up her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that doesn’t make sense. As Maggie begins to go through Celine’s things, she finds a risqué photo and a ton of cash hidden in a box she had given Celine as a birthday present. After this discovery, Maggie begins to find even more things in Celine’s small apartment that make her think there is more to this shocking suicide than meets the eye.
Maggie searches for answers to the many questions that come up as she finds out more information about Celine’s double life, in hopes of finding something compelling enough to re-open Celine’s case. However, as Maggie digs deeper and deeper into Celine’s life, she inadvertently puts herself in the sights of a killer. How far will the killer go to keep his crimes covered up? And will Maggie make it out of this situation alive?
I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. Tucker opens the novel with a prologue that is sure to get your mind reeling and will guarantee that you continue to read the book, if only to find out what happens. However, that is not the only reason why I continued with this novel. The story line is very intriguing and unlike any other that I have read recently. It also keeps you guessing throughout the entirety of the book.
He Will Be My Ruin is mainly in Maggie’s perspective; however, there are a few chapters in Celine’s perspective to help fill in some of the missing pieces in Maggie’s parts of the book. Maggie is a very well-developed character and felt very real-to-life. However, since there aren’t as many sections in Celine’s perspective, she isn’t as fleshed out.
I would have to say that my favorite part of the book is the ending. Not because I was ready for it to be over, but because the plot twist at the end was a fantastic surprise. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller/mystery novel and look forward to reading more of Tucker’s novels.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Atria Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.