Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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

Twenty-eight-year-old 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 bottle of Xanax and a handle of vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood 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 who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.
On the hunt for answers 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 who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Atria Books

Terri's Thoughts

I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads.  The expected publication date is February 2nd 2016.

I don't know where to start with this story.  I had a love/hate relationship with it.

I will start with Maggie.  I liked the fact that she wanted to make the world a better place by helping out those less fortunate around the world.  I did not like that she didn't really appreciate the fact that she could do this because she had so much money.  Instead she pretended that the money was evil however it is what enabled her to do what she loved.  Pick one, you can't have it both ways.  I loved that she knew her friend well enough to know that the circumstances surrounding her death were suspicious and that she would stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

The issue I had was how utterly stupid and naïve Maggie was. She knows she is investigating a potential murder yet she tells people what she is doing.  Does she not realize everyone is a suspect until proven otherwise?  She is telling people she doesn't even know but could be linked to the investigation and at every turn she appears to be making the situation worse.  Getting involved with some of these characters?  You would think she had no social skills at all.

It also bothered me that there were no real surprises in the story as well.  The hints were laid out blatantly so that you knew when the story was going to take a turn, usually by Maggie doing something stupid.

You would think I hated the story which is not the case.  I liked it and was entertained.  I just felt that with some tweaking it could have been an even better story instead of being slightly underwhelming.  If you do not think too hard and just let the plot take you where it is going, it is an enjoyable read.

About the Author

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

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

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I completely agree about Maggie and the lack of suspense in this one. Maggie was so dense, it seemed, and made such bad choices! I appreciated her determination to find out what happened, but man sometimes she was not very smart about it!

    my review here