Good mysteries are hard to come by. Fantastically written good mysteries are like finding a unicorn. So imagine my utter joy when I cracked open He Will Be My Ruin and found myself one of those majestic creatures.
When Maggie’s best friend Celine commits suicide she goes to New York to clean out Celine’s apartment. From the start though, Maggie doesn’t believe that her best friend would ever do something like this to herself. As Maggie starts to dig into the events that led up to that night, more and more begins to come to the surface that leads Maggie to believe she’s right.
The cast of characters Tucker weaves throughout are fantastic. From the kindly old nosy neighbor, to the sexy as hell pot smoking building super, to our lead character Maggie, each character brings something to the story unfolding on the page. And not a single one is a throwaway. They’re well developed and complex regardless of whether or not they’re a main player or supporting cast.
The plot itself is also layered to perfection. As each new bit of information unfolds it adds to the suspense of the story being told. As the reader I gobbled up each new tidbit Tucker threw my way in an attempt to get to the bottom of it.
As an avid reader I find at times it’s incredibly hard to find a book that shocks me anymore. Many times I can discern the twist long before it comes and find myself just plodding along because you know, I started it so I might as well finish it. He Will Be My Ruin was not that book though. It kept me twisting, turning, and second guessing everything until the very end.
Tucker did a fantastic job of setting up the mystery. And since the book is told entirely through Maggie’s POV, we the reader are forced to pick and choose the items we think to be true. Are these actual clues or just the hopeful wishing of a woman who doesn’t want to believe the worst of her best friend?
My one regret with this book is that I started it before the holidays and wasn’t able to just sit down and engross myself in it for three days straight. Amazing book from start to finish. 5 stars.
***I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review***
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