Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Simon & Schuster Canada
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her romantic thriller debut with this 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 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.
KA Tucker can do no wrong in my humble opinion. Her characters are intriguing and flawed, but appropriately so, not simply for the sake of drama. Her plots flow seamlessly and have the reader hooked from the first couple of pages and keep them drawn into the story. With her adult fiction debut, Tucker showed that she is capable of carrying her prowess in new adult over to adult fiction, and she did it flawlessly.
Maggie was a character that I really appreciated. I’ve heard some other reviewers say that they didn’t necessarily appreciate how disconnected Maggie was from the people in her life that she considered herself the closest to, however, I appreciated how realistic it is that sometimes we aren’t as connected to our important people as we’d like to be. And Maggie had a job that I found incredibly realistic. One thing that I absolutely love about Tucker’s writing is that whatever situation she decides to put her characters in, it feels real. Sometimes with certain topics, and i’m thinking romantic thrillers here, the book doesn’t feel well researched, but i’ve never come across that in Tucker’s writing.
The characters also at times had me feeling all sorts of conflicted, and you really won’t know what i’m talking about until you read it. I was so wishy washy in my feelings the entire time. I appreciated that a romance wasn’t the aspect to this story that had the most focus, and it really wouldn’t have worked if it was.
What she succeeded in perfectly was keeping me guessing the entire time. I had certain thoughts, and then something would happen to completely override them and I was left guessing again. I called one part of the book but was extremely surprised when I turned out to be right.
For Tucker’s first foray into this genre, she nailed it. And I am so excited to see where she goes with her writing next!