Published by Atria Books on February 2, 2016
Genres: Adult Suspense
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.
He Will Be My Ruin was nothing short of a non-stop roller coaster that had me guessing until the very end! It’s the sort of book that is absolutely unputdownable (yes-that’s totally a word, lol).
Maggie is in New York City to pack up the belongings of her best friend Celeste, who has apparently committed suicide. Though, in Maggie’s mind, there is absolutely no way she killed herself. The more she dives deeper into Celeste’s life, she realizes that things aren’t adding up and that she really didn’t know her best friend at all. Did she really kill herself or was she victim of foul play?
This is a very hard book to review as I don’t want to give anything away. I think the most I can say is that you need to go into this one completely blind. I’m serious…stay away from Goodreads! There were so many twists that I did not see coming and I thought were so well thought out
There were so many characters weaved into this story that I literally was thinking it was everyone at one point. You have the rich albeit arrogant playboy, the older neighbor who seems to know a lot about murder mysteries, the building super who is a bit too accommodating, and the good friend who knows a lot about the expensive items that Celine collects. I had my mind going through a million different scenarios and was still guessing people’s actions until the very end.
K.A.’s writing was superb and another reason why this book worked so well. I also enjoyed the way she weaved in both Maggie and Celine’s POVs. I think it added more depth and made you see what was going on from another angle besides Maggie’s.
While I was happy with the ending, I think that I needed just a bit more closure as to what happened. I feel like it could’ve still been tied up with a bit of a tighter bow. Nonetheless, this book was super addicting and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves their suspense with a bit of sexiness.
“I need some advice, Grady, and I have no one else to ask.”
“If you needed answers and the only person to give those to you was a person you didn’t know, had never met, and who might not like the questions you have to ask, what would you do?”
He twists his lips in thought. “I’d create a situation to meet this person, and make it hard for them to refuse me.”
Simple in theory…”But how?”
He exhales heavily, his warm breath grazing my cheek telling me that he’s facing me. “Find common ground. A location, a purpose, an acquaintance. Force the meet and then work your questions around the real ones that you want to ask. You can get a lot of information out of a person just by treading too close to what they don’t want to talk about. The look in their eye, their facial expressions, the way they react to the mention of a name, or a place.”
Grady seems more intelligent than what I’d expect of a pot-smoking building super. “You sound like you’ve been in my situation before.”
“Once or twice. Maybe.” I hear the smile in his voice.
Find common ground. Force the meet. The only common ground I have with this guy is now six feet underground in a San Diego cemetery.
There is something that we’re both very familiar with.
I pull out my phone and scroll through my emails to find the one with her phone number. I know this is beyond inappropriate, but once I get something in my head, there’s no dislodging it. Plus, I’m high.
“Hey Dani. It’s Maggie Sparkes.”
“Hi…Is everything okay?” She definitely sounds shocked to hear from me.
Grady watches me quietly. “I’m sorry to be calling so late. You know how you offered help with anything I needed? Well, I need a favor.”