He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

January 26, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Excerpts / Teasers, Giveaways | 16 Comments

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my review tour stop!! I am so excited to be able to share with you guys my thoughts on this book and the awesomeness that is this glorious book!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker | Blog Tour ARC Review + GiveawayHe Will Be My Ruin
by K.A. Tucker
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Detective, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: February 2, 2016 by Atria Books
Format: ARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Maggie knows her best friend would have never committed suicide so she sets out to learn about Celine’s life to figure out what really happened. Turns out, Maggie didn’t know much about Celine and what she finds leaves her speechless.

K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water series was amazing and I didn’t think He Will Be My Ruin would top it—I was wrong. Once again, the brilliant K.A. Tucker surprised and amazed me! My mind was blown away. I always think the prologue sets the tone for the rest of the story and helps give more insight. This one set the bar high! The suspense was kicked in immediately and I was gripped from the very first page.

[…] He uncovers your secrets, your fears, your flaws—and he uses them against you. He did it to Celine. And now he’s doing it to me.

Maggie was an easy person to like. Despite her family being rich, Maggie travels the world helping those in need. She doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty to provide help for others. At the same time, I didn’t like the decisions she made—some were beyond stupid—and she was too trusting, too fast. I mean, if you’re trying to uncover what happened to your friend, don’t go telling everyone you know who you suspect, why and what you’re doing to find out the truth. I literally suspected everyone, even the old lady neighbor. To me, everyone was a suspect and I couldn’t rule out anyone. Although, there were times where I would say, “No, it can’t be this person because of this and that.” Still, there was one character I suspected and thought they didn’t do it. I even defended the character so much to Erica from Novel Ink (buddy-reading this book with her was freaking awesome!) and yeah…. Let’s just say SUSPECT EVERYONE!

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I loved that the story turned out to be divided in two POVs: one in present day Maggie and the other in Celine’s past, a few months before her death. I would have liked to know more about Celine, even more than we got and maybe the aftermath about what happened after the book ends but hey, let’s hope for a novella or a sequel 😉

Overall, this book exceeded my expectations. It went above and beyond what I expected and then some. K.A. Tucker is a master at suspense and this book clearly shows that. I can’t wait to read more of her suspense novels (hoping she keeps writing them) because they are so worth it!

“Can tenants come up here?”
He eases himself upright until he’s sitting within the hammock, his brown suede slippers planted firmly on the cedar platform below. The blanket falls to reveal the long-sleeved cotton shirt that clings to his body. It’s nowhere near warm enough for twenty-degree weather. “They can come to the room, sure.”
I survey the arbor gate behind me again, and the wooden lattice fence that stretches all the way around, framing this little garden. “But not into here.”
He kicks off, somehow managing to balance himself while the hammock sways. “It’s one of the few perks that comes with my job.
“And the building owner really doesn’t care? Because I feel like this would be a code infraction or something. What if there’s a fire and the tenants have to come up to get to the fire escape?” I’m rambling, but if I keep talking then it can’t get awkward and I won’t be forced back inside.
“My experience is people travel down when there’s a fire.” He chuckles as if that’s the silliest idea, his English accent making me smile. “But if they come up here, then I guess they’ll have a nice place to sit while the building burns.”
“Fair enough.” I pause. “Did Celine ever come up here?”
A shadow flickers over his face. “No. I didn’t see much of her at all, really.”
I’m not surprised. She was afraid of heights.
Silence hangs between us and I figure I have nothing to lose. I edge toward him with the tin. “Trade you…One of these for a hit of what you’re smoking.”
At first Grady meets my question with a blank stare, and I think I’ve overstepped my bounds. But then he grins, a handsome boyish grin that I never noticed before. One that makes him all the more attractive. “How do I say no to that?” He accepts the tin of cookies and then eases back into his hammock, stretching a long, toned arm out to fetch the hidden joint from a planter. “It’s big enough for two,” he offers, gesturing beside him.
Normally, I would never think of climbing into a hammock with a guy I barely know, but there’s something oddly familiar about Grady and the way he offers it. No leery glances, no winks. Nothing overtly sexual beyond his natural presence.
And I’m too drained to care about any of that right now anyway.
“This could go disastrously wrong,” I warn, stepping onto the wooden platform.

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About K.A. Tucker

K.A. TUCKER writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

Have you read any of K.A. Tucker books? If yes, you know you should expect awesomeness. If not, start reading her books starting with this one!
Are you a fan of suspense novels? If yes or no, READ THE BOOK! 😀
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  • YAY. So glad you loved this too!! I am so excited to start more books from her this year. Great review!!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Top Ten Bookish Baby Names
    • Read the Burying Water series! First book is a bit slow but the rest are really good 🙂

  • I’m really glad you loved this one so much, Genesis. I finished it on Monday and I was a little disappointed although truly I think it’s because I’ve read so many adult mystery novels, it’s become almost impossible for a book to surprise me with its outcome. Still, you sound like you were very involved with the book! That’s such a great feeling. 🙂
    Lovely review, Genesis!

    • I used to read them but there wasn’t much mystery to them so maybe that’s why I was surprised with this one. I really was invested in this book. The theories that would go into each character, trying to come up with why they would do it.. I felt like a real investigator haha. It was fun 🙂

  • This is a great review! I love when a book makes you question everyone as a suspect!

    • RIGHT?! Those are the best!

  • Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

    • Thank you for having me on the tour!

  • I loved this too. Yeah, it made me cringe sometimes the way she would share, but at the same time she thought she knew already. Haha … I was suspicious of everyone’s involvement at times too.

    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
    • One minute a character is highly suspicious and the next innocent then back to suspicious! It’s insane. I can’t wait for more books like these by her.

  • So glad you loved this one, Gen! I love K.A. Tucker and was excited to see what she would do with an adult suspense novel. I swear, I was suspicious of everyone at different times. And when I finally thought I had nailed it – I *knew* exactly who it was – nope! LOL

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    • We never guess hahaha It was a fun read though and very entertaining

  • Oh man Gen. I am so excited for this one! I keep hearing that it’s hard to pinpoint who did it, and I love books that keep me guessing and on my toes! The different POVs sound really intriguing too! I definitely need to make time for this one sooner rather than later!

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    • Yes! It’s really good. It surprised me for sure 🙂 I hope you enjoy this one! Can’t wait to read what you think about it 🙂

  • Great review. I haven’t read anything by Tucker yet, though I have really wanted too, and this one just sounds amazing. I would LOVE to read it!

    -Lauren

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  • LOL Gen! I suspected the old lady neighbour, too! I was also thinking that Maggie trusted too easily, she was really quite naïve, even though she had been around the world saving others. I truly loved that she wouldn’t let her suspicions go, though, and that even after everything, she continued to love Celine.
    Great review 🙂