Monday, September 28, 2015

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

Title: Ruthless
Author: Carolyn Lee Adams
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Classification: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, Simon Pulse!)
A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.
Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.
When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup truck, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.
At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.
The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.
Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

I enjoyed reading Ruthless. I was completely pulled into the story from the very beginning, needing to know what was happening to Ruth and whether she was going to be able to escape. Ruthless is full of heart-pounding suspense and twists that left me on the edge of my seat. I had a hard time putting the book down and due to the action and suspense, the story flies by quickly. 

Ruth is about as competitive as they come. She has been a competing horse rider for years so ambition is in her blood. She does not like to lose. One day she is abducted and taken to a secluded cabin in the mountains. Her abductor believes Ruth needs to be punished and will do whatever it takes to teach her a lesson. Now losing means Ruth. She is caught in a game where she is hunted for her life. Will she be able to survive and win? 

"Spine-tingling debut" is right! Ruthless is a great thriller and mystery. I even found parts of the story to be creepy, mostly the the parts with the abductor. There were even moments where I would yell in my head "NO, Ruth! Don't do that..." kind of like how you will yell at the character in the horror movie to not open that door or walk away from the group. But seriously, I did find this story to cause my heart to pound. I was worried and a little scared to find out what was going to happen. I honestly didn't really know how this one was going to turn out. 
I found it interesting how we also get pieces of the past as the story progresses. And it isn't just things that happens in Ruth's life and family. We also get glimpses of the abductor's life and what happened to him. 

I liked Ruth. Yes, she came across as a bit rough and she doesn't realize that the things she says and does can be viewed differently by different people. Doesn't really notice how these things affect those around her. Which is why some people nicknamed her Ruthless. She can be mean. But that doesn't mean she is a bad character. I think we all have times where we don't realize we are being mean to those around us. 
I really like how determined and strong Ruth is. She has to do a lot of things that a teenage girl shouldn't have to go through. Fighting for her life and trying to figure out the best way to stay alive. All while being hunted by her abductor. My heart really broke for her and I couldn't help but hope that she would find a way to safety. 

I think that Carolyn Lee Adams did an amazing job writing the abductor. He is the right amount of creepy and scary. From the glimpses of his past, it made it easy to see why he is the way he is. I even felt sad for him, for all the things he went through in his life. Though that doesn't give him the right to go around killing girls. But I do think he is a well written character. 

My Recommendation:

If you like heart-racing, sit on the edge of your seat mystery and suspense, then I definitely recommend giving Ruthless a read! The story flows by quickly and I couldn't stop turning the pages. I was worried and scared wondering how things were going to end for the main character, Ruth. It is a great debut and I am really glad that I read it. 

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I like a strong female lead that is able to defend and fight for herself, the idea of the story was thrilling and thanks to your review I have high hopes for this one! Definitely adding to my tbr.


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