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 Maker’s Mark, 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.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I love a good standalone. Don’t get me wrong. An exciting serial is well and good, but there’s still something about a standalone that I always prefer above anything else. Take this book as an example. No matter how hopeless or thrilling the book comes, you know, as a reader, that at the end of the book, the conflict will be resolved. Of course, the fact that K.A. Tucker wrote this book makes the story all the more intriguing.

For a while now, Ms. Tucker has been consistently gifting the book world with intense stories that are full of emotion, suspense, and thrill. He Will Be My Ruin is just another amazing addition to her already wonderful repertoire of great books. I a world where NA and YA books are mostly made up of eroticism, romantic angst, and juvenile issues, Ms. Tucker dares to rock the fans with her breathtaking stories.

What I also loved about this book was the constant surprises and twists that come my way. I could never just sit and predict everything. I couldn’t stop reading it because I wanted to see if I was guessing right or now. I wanted to see the heroine triumph. I really liked Celine’s character, but it was hard not to root for Maggie. I wasn’t that much a fan of Maggie, but I loved the way Ms. Tucker played her character out. All in all, this book is something nobody should miss. This is a must read.


Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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