Published by: Atria Books on February 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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“A nail-biting thriller...clever twists and turns will keep readers in suspense, and just when they think they have figured out what happened to Celine, the story veers in another direction.”—Publishers Weekly
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.
A woman who almost had it all . . .
On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?
A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .
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 lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a 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 Celine believed would change her life.
Until he became her ruin.
On the hunt for evidence 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. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: Even when I thought I knew, I was kind of wrong.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
This was my second book from Tucker and I have to say, I really liked it. The mystery element was the best part of the book. I swear I knew who the killer was and I was SO close! But in the end, Tucker kind of threw me for a loop. I’ll admit there were parts that kind of dragged and there wasn’t nearly enough pull in the story when it came to solving Celine’s murder, but I still managed to keep reading until the end. The romance did nothing for me and, honestly, when it comes to Mystery/Thriller books, I can do without the romance.
Probably the only thing that really bugged me was how naive Maggie was towards one particular guy. It was SO obvious something shady was going on, yet she opened up and progressed with this guy without a second thought. I seriously scoffed when she said she prided herself on trusting her gut instinct, but yet she couldn’t sense the danger and the straight up creepiness there?!
Anyways, that’s my biggest issue with the story and with Maggie in general. Other than that, I liked her. It was fascinating to see how much she discovered about her so-called best friend. It’s crazy to think of all the secrets we hide, especially from those closest to us. I empathized with Celine on a lot of levels and I understood why she did some of the things she did. As well meaning as Maggie has always been, I knew where Celine was coming from and despite the way she lived her life, she did her best with what she had. As for Maggie, I admired her determination in finding out what really happened to Celine. That girl would not take “No” for an answer, that’s for sure.
I definitely look forward to more from Tucker in this genre, if she intends to write more Mystery/Thriller books.