“This man was once my salvation. Now he will be my ruin.”
I cannot recall my heart NOT beating erratically during the whole time I was reading this. The thrill, the rush, the excitement just keep on pounding on you. Each chapter break keeps you craving and itching to know what, why and how things happened. I was totally invested in the story from the very first chapter up to the last sentence. There were times when I felt like the theories I’ve been cooking are right but then K.A. will just slam my theory in my face. I’ve been on a series of romance the past days and this was a refreshing change albeit tense and anxiety ridden.
“That must be what he does — he uncovers your secrets, your fears, your flaws — and he uses them against you. “
Maggie and Celine were as different as night and day but their love for each other was fierce and strong. Growing up, the two were inseparable and their bond continued even as adults, with different lives and apart. That is why no one was more stunned and upset than Maggie when she learned that her very best friend committed suicide. She just cannot accept it. Her heart and mind refused to believe that her sweet friend would do something as drastic and tragic as take her own life. She was not convinced when the police closed the case. She was definitely not convinced that it was nothing but an emotional girl who overdosed. And she will stop at nothing to know what really happened the night Celine breathed her last.
This novel has a very solid foundation. You can actually feel it on how she laid her characters, how she dropped her cards, how she twisted your mind and gutted you slowly until you have to catch your own breath. I have always been a fan of K.A. Tucker since Ten Tiny Breaths but her writing on this novel amazed me. She was able to weave an intricate web of details and events. I felt like she took her power with words up another notch. Her writing prowess is unquestionable. She keeps one guessing, doubting and trusting. If you want to read something with grit, suspense, intensity, just enough steam and a whole lot of duplicity – grab this and be prepared to sleep wayyyyy past your bedtime.
Blurb via Goodreads:
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.