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.He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker
Published by Atria on February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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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.
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.