Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Review of He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

The bit on the back...

"A woman who almost had it all"
On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old in Manhattan could want: a one-bedroom apartment on the 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 have been waiting to read this for a looooooooong ass time but I refuse to pay nearly £10 for an ebook so I waited until this was a bargain £5.99 before downloading it. I've loved both the Ten Tiny Breaths and the Burying Water series so I was looking forward to a new release from KA.

The story is all about Maggie Sparkes as she tries to get to the bottom of her best friend's "suicide". Maggie is the narrator for the majority of the story interspersed with some passages from Celine.
So this is a break from the norm for KA, breaking away from the romance genre and into the crime/thriller genre. I usually stick to romance and chicklit but have recently taken to the occasional dalliance with the crime genre so really, what could be better than one of my favourite romance authors crossing into crime? Well, unfortunately, I was left a bit disappointed!

The story starts with a fast forwarded prologue from Maggie's POV which sets your expectation level for the rest of the story. From then we follow Maggie through the process of packing up Celine's life and getting to know her New York friends and acquaintances. Little by little Maggie uncovers more and more that she didn't know about Celine's life in New York and as she tries to piece together exactly what happened to her she gets further and further into danger herself.

The storyline is a bit repetitive between Maggie and the two main male characters and the majority of the book doesn't live up to the pace of the prologue. It seemed to take a long time to get to the point of the story and I sort of forgot I was supposed to be waiting in suspense for the most part.

Would it put me off reading something else in this genre from KA? Hell to the no, but it will never replace her romance series for me.

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