Author: K. A. Tucker

Ruined Me! He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker

Posted March 7, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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

Ruined Me! He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker
Published by Atria on February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

 

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Maggie Speakes is in New York to pack up her best friend’s apartment and settle what’s left of her estate after she was found dead in her apartment two weeks prior. But when Maggie discovers some curious things amongst her belongings, she begins to question whether Celine’s death was actually a suicide and uses her resources to begin investigating.

 
I really enjoyed the method in how this story was presented. The prologue provides the foundation for your mindset and makes you question everything you read going forward. We get pieces of Celine to help lead you along the way. I developed many credible suspects and scenarios, second guessing myself with each chapter. I’m not even sure if I got it right in the end as I kept changing my mind.

 
I love a mystery that doesn’t preoccupy you with so much tension that you can’t think straight. This is one where you have to pay attention to details and assemble the clues methodically, rexamining everything you think you know. As clever as I thought I was, there were still a few surprises for me in the end. Very nicely done.

About K. A. Tucker

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

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


Born Anew! Burying Water by K. A. Tucker

Born Anew! Burying Water by K. A. Tucker

Posted January 20, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

Quick summary A young woman is discovered in the woods, barely alive after having been brutally beaten. She survives but awakens with no memory of who she is or what happened to her. Rather than be referred to as Jane Doe, she chooses to call herself Water after discovering a tattoo symbol for it. Jesse Welles, son of the sheriff, knows more than he’s acknowledging and it’s through him that we that we learn each of their stories.   What I found interesting The story is told from two points of view with time flashbacks. It may sound like a recipe for disaster but it worked very well. As I dealt with aspects of the present as told from Water’s point of view, the flashbacks […]