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

Posted February 11th, 2016 in book review / 24 comments

Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books on February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: five-stars
Heat: two-flames

The "USA TODAY" bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend's death, a story pulsing with the "intense, hot, emotional" (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.
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.

At A Glance

So much love for this book I can barely stand it.

The Good

Yay, finally a five star book. It feels like it’s been forever. I love everything about He Will Be My Ruin. I had my guesses on the whodunit. I don’t want to reveal too much but I was surprised in the end.

Tucker is a genius. I seriously considered every single person a possible suspect at one point in the novel. No one was safe. I was mesmerized as Maggie dug deeper and deeper into Celine’s death. Some of the things she finds out are so heartbreaking I don’t know how she got through it. You can never imagine that one death can bring out so many secrets and lies. Maggie didn’t give up and never wavered despite the personal toll on herself. She was a true friend to Celine, that was obvious.

Each character had their own story and own secrets. I loved how all the puzzle pieces slowly fit together. There were so many facets to this mystery that I, not for one minute, could figure out how they all fit together. I wish I could say more but you honestly have to experience this book untainted of hints.

If you loved Tucker’s other books, you will love this one just as much or even more. Mystery/suspense was no challenge for her at all.

The Bad

At first I didn’t really feel like reading a mystery so the beginning felt slow, then I saw the pure awesomeness of this book and got over my reluctance.

The Snuggly

Surprisingly there is some sex in this mystery. It felt real and nothing super sexy or descriptive.

Final Thoughts

Tucker book lovers need to grab He Will Be My Ruin right away. If she is a new author to you, why not experience her for the first time with a 5 star book? You will not be disappointed. Very, highly recommended.


I gingerly unfold the paper that’s obviously been handled many times, judging by the crinkles in it.

My eyes widen. 

A naked man fills one side. He’s entrancingly handsome… lying on his back, one muscular arm disappearing into the pillow beneath his head, a white sheet tangled around his legs, not quite covering the goods…

Who the hell is this guy and why didn’t I ever hear about him? And where is he now? Where were they together last?

Does he know that she’s dead?

…  I slowly fold the paper back up. Celine’s cursive scrawl decorates the back side in purple ink. Words I hadn’t noticed before.

Words that make my heart stop now.

‘This man was once my salvation. Now he will be my ruin.’

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24 Responses to “Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Lekeisha

    Yay! So glad you enjoyed this. This was my intro to Tucker’s books, and I’m definitely gonna be reading her others soon. Great review!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I felt the same way. I wasn’t sure if I was in the mood for it, but the amazingness changed my mind.

  2. Braine

    How about Ruby?! She’s my favorite, I wish she gets a little story or even a mini caper series. Oh and I wish Tucker shared the recipe for those darn shortbread cookies, they sound so yum!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I usually give her high stars but 5 is rare for me. She is just that great.

  3. Olivia Roach

    I’m just so glad that you were truly able to love this book! I know what it feels like when you are seemingly waiting ages and there doesn’t seem to be a five star book which can completely sweep you off your feet around. I need this one in my life! It’s on my TBR now.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      It’s so nice to have these books surprise you between all the average ones.

  4. Kristin

    I love how versatile this author is. I haven’t read it yet but I have a feeling that I will have the same reaction as you. Mysteries aren’t my thing and I really want to read this because it’s a Tucker book but then again, it’s not my genre. So I feel like I would have the same slow start with it until I realized that she can write the shit out of anything.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Mysteries are rare for me as well. But you just can’t pass up a Tucker book.

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    This sounds fantastic! I love it when you don’t have a clue who did it. That ‘everyone could be guilty’ feeling is a fun one and I absolutely enjoy being surprised. Great review 😀

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