by K.A. Tucker
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.
“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
“Tucker beguiles in this dark, twisty tale of lurid secrets, lavish lifestyles, and devastating loss. Once you start reading, you won’t stop.” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
I don’t know why I always revert to my five-year-old self when I first see my father, as if I’m still waiting on the front steps for his car to pull through the gate after he’d been away for business somewhere.
He doesn’t even sound like himself anymore. He sounds like someone who’s preparing himself for murder. But I refuse to prepare myself for dying.
He Will Be My Ruin was richly detailed, intriguing, enthralling, engrossing, and deliciously unpredictable. I was unwilling to put my kindle down and even when I tried, I continued to dwell on the storyline until I returned to the tale. The narrative is written from multiple points of view – which I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot was creative, relevant, realistic, and led me on a merry chase. I adored the tenacious main character of Maggie while she struggled with her quest to solve her friend’s questionable death. Despite being well detailed, the characters were fresh, alluring, and seductively mysterious. I am enamored with Ms. Tucker’s skills.
K.A. Tucker is the author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and the Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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