He Will Be My Ruin; K.A. Tucker
Atria - 2016
Maggie Sparkes was born into a wealthy family that traveled the world when she was young, often leaving her in the care of Rosa Gonzalez who raised her since she was just five. Rosa's daughter Celine, and Maggie became the best of friends, a friendship which continued for many years.
When Rosa contacts Maggie to tell her that Celine 28, is dead and that suicide (by pills and booze) is suspected, she asks Maggie to go to New York City to clean out her apartment. In New York, Maggie begins sorting through Celine's personal effects and the deeper she digs the less she believes that her friend took her own life. She also learns that she did not know her good friend as well as she thought she did. Unfortunately everyone who Maggie speaks to including the police seem to disagree with her theory, but Maggie persists especially because just too many things just don't make sense to her.
I read several chapters of this thriller on my Kindle each night in bed and it really drew me in. I found myself hitting the sheets earlier and earlier each night just to get back to it. The story is well-paced and kept me guessing. Maggie is a feisty character who was determined to get to the bottom of her friend's death, even though it puts her own life in jeopardy. She does make some foolish decisions along the way. All of the characters (and there were quite a few) were interesting and, there are quite a few suspects that kept me guessing. I especially liked Celine's nosy neighbor across the hall who made me smile at times.
This is my first thriller by this author and I would definitely consider other books she has written. If you love a good thriller, try this one.