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

Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US

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 love it when an author tries something new. Win or fail, you have to take chances in life.  This business isn’t always (rarely, in fact) kind to such risks by authors. Genre hopping backfires quite often.  Yet, I’m still a fan when they try.  However, I can say, unequivocally, that Tucker did not fail with this risk.  She may have hit the scene as a romance writer, but she excels just as easily as a suspense writer.

If you go into He Will Be My Ruin with any expectations of it being remotely like her previous titles, you’ll not get what your looking for. This is not a romance. There is some budding relations and sexual interactions but I would never classify this as romantic.  Let’s just be clear about that up front.

What this is – is a murder mystery at it’s core.  Maggie’s life long friend ends up dead in her New York apartment, police rule it a suicide but Maggie is less than convinced.  With no hope of help from authorities, she dives into the facts and clues herself and recruits some help along the way.   While digging, she realizes her friend, Celine, had a much different life than she led Maggie to believe and the secrets she held, the people she knew, led to her untimely death.

And also to the danger Maggie finders her own life in now, because there is still a killer on the loose.

From the beginning of this tale there were two fairly clear suspects for me and I bounced back and forth between them often.  I also had moments when I thought side characters were playing a bigger part in the backstory than the story suggested – I played with several scenarios in my head.  Hoping some would flesh out and hoping others wouldn’t.  All of that is what makes a great suspense story for me.  If I have it all figured out too early on, I won’t want to continue reading.  This wasn’t the case here, Tucker kept my mind working. 

While I don’t know that this is going to be as explosive of a seller as say, Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, I can most definitely see it finding a loving home with those who gravitate to those type of titles.  It’s got a lot of what those big selling Mystery / Suspense books have.  I think the only thing that really lacked for me was a bit of character development, for a couple of the main players.  I think that would have cemented my interest in them all the more.  However, even without that, He Will Be My Ruin will be a memorable read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. 


About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series – Causal Enchantment- are available now.

Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS–originally self-published–was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: IN HER WAKE, ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, and FIVE WAYS TO FALL. Also out from Atria Books is her Romantic Suspense series: BURYING WATER, BECOMING RAIN, CHASING RIVER, SURVIVING ICE, and coming in February, 2016, her first adult suspense novel, HE WILL BE MY RUIN.

K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a chug.

%d bloggers like this: