Book Review : He Will Be My Ruin by K A Tucker

February 4, 2016 Book review 12 ★★★½

I’m in love with KA Tuckers Burying Water mystery series so when I saw there was a new suspense series starting, I was over the moon!  It was an absorbing read and my final verdict on He Will Be My Ruin by K A Tucker is PRETTY DAMN GOOD!


Book Review :  He Will Be My Ruin by K A TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin Published by Atria Books on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

ARC REVIEW CRIME Murder Mystery suspense WTF!


Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.



The Assets of He Will Be My Ruin by K A Tucker:

  • Kept Guessing.  I had some suspicions but being honest, I had my beady eyes on everyone so one of them had to be right!  I loved that I was never 100% sure of what way this would play out.


  • Nicely paced and skilfully plotted.  It held its secrets well, scattered lots of red herrings and made me want to keep reading.


  • Diverse themes!  So diverse, it meandered from Chinese antiques to the sex industry.  I never knew what way this book would loop off next and it felt like quite an adventure.  I loved all the different layers that this added to the mystery.


  • Fleshed out, quirky characters.  Well I need hardly say that, it IS K A Tucker writing this after all.


  • Dangerous vibe!  There were some scary happenings towards the end and I was on the edge of my seat.


The Liabilities of He Will Be My Ruin by K A Tucker:


  • I didn’t particularly like the characters.  Fleshed out, yes!  People I want to know?  Not particularly.  I enjoyed reading about them but I never fell for them in the way I have in previous books by this author.


  • It didn’t ring true to me.  It felt a little bit unbelievable especially a lot of what Maggie did to get answers.  It didn’t make it a bad read but it did drag down the rating a little for me.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Investment potential of He Will Be My Ruin by K A Tucker:  

Overall it’s well worth the read, particularly if you like a dark plot that keeps you guessing.



Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest unbiased review.




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12 Responses to “Book Review : He Will Be My Ruin by K A Tucker”

    • trish

      Oh yes there were far more pros than cons for me and I loved that it kept me hooked and guessing all the way through. Hope you try her out someday Katherine although I do prefer the Burying Water series!

    • trish

      I do love her writing and while I don’t love this as much as the Burying Water series, it’s still a thoroughly entertaining read. Her characters have so much life in them!

    • trish

      Oh I think you’d enjoy her writing Laurel. I do recommend the Burying Water series over this one but that’s just my personal preference. KA is deffo worth reading though, her characters and plot crafting are great.

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I’m sorry this wasn’t a complete win for you Trish, but I understand your cons 🙂 I don’t necessarily need to ‘like’ the characters at all, if they are well fleshed out and somehow realistic, I don’t mind if they’re not people I’d never spend any time with in real life 🙂
    I’m glad the mystery kept you guessing, though – I was like you, I think I suspected everyone, and it was great that there were enough false trails to keep things interesting.
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    • trish

      I didn’t flat out adore it like most others seemed to but I still thoroughly enjoyed it Lexie. The mystery was well plotted out and I loved trying to solve it. I know what you mean about unlikeable characters and I normally feel the same about them as you do but in previous KA Tucker books I adored the characters and I think I was expecting the same here. Either way, it’s a book I really enjoyed and roll on her next book as it will be on my auto-buy 🙂

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m happy you liked this one overall, Trish. I really like the fact that it kept you guessing. I’ve heard that about this book. 🙂 I get not wanting to know the characters (I felt that way about Gone Girl) and also how it didn’t necessarily ring true. I’ve also felt that way in books – if it’s realistic fiction, the actions need to feel mostly realistic, right? Great review! Have you read Tucker’s other books? (I can’t remember) She’s on my must-read list, so I was just curious. 🙂
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    • trish

      I think I’ve read nearly all of KA Tucker’s books so I think that says a lot about how I feel about her writing! My favourites hands down are her Burying Water series (an adult romance/suspense series), I love them. I do often feel her plots are unrealistic but something about her writing and characters draw me back, time after time.

  3. Lola

    I heard a lot of great things about this book, I am glad to hear the mystery kept you guessing. i always like it when I am not 100% how thigns will play out. It sounds well written with the red hearrings and secrets. I really am enjoying her Burying Water series so far, still have to read the last book, but I haven’t read any of her books besides that. Great review Trish! I might have to add this book to my to-read list.
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