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Publisher's Summary

The USA Today best-selling 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 lockbox 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 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.

©2016 K. A. Tucker (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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KA Tucker kept me guessing until the end

I am really impressed! KA Tucker just slipped into another genre without losing her trademark storytelling or the angst. I will admit that I came in expecting a romance, but the love was that of a friend. This sisterly love was just as powerful and it was just as deep so the story really resonated with me. The author weaved the story in dual POV with Maggie being the present voice and Celine being the past. The narrators were very easy to follow, so I never had difficulty knowing who was leading the dialogue.

Maggie Sparkes came to New York City to settle her best friend Celine Gonzalez’s estate after Celine’s body was discovered in what the police ruled a suicide. As Maggie walked through what she supposes were Celine’s last couple of weeks, things didn’t add up. Coupled with the discovery of Celine’s diary, and a plane ticket for Celine to visit her mother in a few days, Maggie believed that what she had was a murdered friend. When the police brushed her off, Maggie set out on her own to find evidence to support her suspicions that Celine’s death was staged to look like a suicide.

This book definitely kept me guessing as to what was going on. I think I suspected almost everyone in the book except Celine’s own mother and the PI firm. The author peeled away layer after layer of carefully laid foundation exposing Celine’s life as the 28 year old had fallen prey to trappings of a certain lifestyle. The writing was suspenseful, mysterious, and fascinating. The characters, the protagonist and the antagonist, were multifaceted. At certain point, I was exasperated with Maggie’s decision making, and the other times I was impressed with her tenacity and loyalty. Similar Celine evoked both sympathy and frustration. There definitely was some resentment and jealous issues at play, but there was still love underneath it all.

Many times I thought I had the mystery figured out, only to realize I fell for a red herring. It wasn’t until the very end that things became clear. This is a book a reader will want to finish in one sitting because it’s that engrossing. I don’t know if the ending was a shocker, but I didn’t conclusively put it together until the end. While I prefer KA Tucker’s romance novels, this one was a good mystery and suspense novel. The author took time and delivered a great plot with conspicuous characters. This was an enjoyable read.

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K.A. Tucker's best work to date

I couldn't pry myself away from my headphones with this enthralling story! I've read many of K.A. Tucker's before and this is my favorite to date. I am really hoping we might see a sequel to continue Maggie's story.

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  • Cyndi
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  • 04-13-17

Suspense, Mystery & "Romance" all in one!

I was in the mood for something different from my normal reads and a friend recommended this book and it ended up being EXACTLY what I was looking for. This story line keeps you guessing and changing your mind about who is good and who isn't. The characters were all so real, some I loved, some I wanted to trust so much and some that I loved to hate! Loved the ending so much too!
This audiobook is action packed with lots of suspense, some mystery, sex and great narration! I want more like this!!

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I should have passed on this book

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I just didn't enjoy this book at all. I wanted it to end, and there were so many holes in the story. Not a win for me. Moving on

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awesome

This book was absolutely amazing and had me going to the very end. Perfect

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omg omg omg

this was the best book ever holy moly I couldn't stop listening. read this book! highly recommend

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Was just meeh for me.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Honestly the ending kind of lost me. So much going on, too many plot twist attempts. I got bored.

Which scene was your favorite?

Elevator with Jace. Haha

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Wow

Seamless transition from young adult genre to adult (psychological)fiction I cld not put it down. I love books that u dread reaching the end because ur so invested in the story and the characters

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Another Tucker hit!

KA Tucker has a way of spinning an interesting story with interesting characters and sub characters. In this particular story Maggie is charged with packing up her best friends apartment after an apparent suicide/ accidental death. While going through Celines thing's she finds diaries that disclose a side of Celine that Maggie had no idea existed. As the mystery of her death unwinds it leads her to Celines place of employment Maggie finds herself hiring a private investigator. One message with a photo continues to haunt Maggie ... "he will be the ruin of me." Maggie finds that he may also be the ruin of her. Great listen!! I used $ to buy on sale but would have happily used a credit.

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Kept my attention but def. not great literature

The story was entertaining enough and kept my attention, but there were definitely moments where I rolled my eyes. The Celine character was especially irritating and acted stupid often enough that fast forwarded through her boots a couple times. The narrator doing Maggie was fine, but the the narrator doing Celine had A TERRIBLE male voice. Her attempt at a British accent was beyond the pale, making him since middle Eastern and was extremely difficult to listen to. The character of Ruby made the whole novel with it though and she needs her own book!

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  • DiscePati
  • 02-03-18

Boring

Thin plot. No suspense. Just boring.
So much so, it’s not worth finishing. I stopped at chapter 10.