Friday, 26 June 2015

ARC Review: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams Synopsis:
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 trick, 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.

***I received the ARC ebook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

A thrilling, suspenseful book that had me holding my breath, gasping and every other reaction that came from the torrent of emotions I felt right alongside Ruth. This book took everything out of me and just writing this review is bringing it all back, leaving me reeling. So much went into it because it was more than just another thriller and the psychological aspects worked perfectly in that I didn’t know what to think!

It’s impossible to imagine myself in a situation similar to Ruth’s (god knows I don’t want to) but I do know that it’s rare to be so strong. She had plenty of moments when everything became too much and the easy way out was right in front of her, but after reminding herself why she fought; not just for herself too, the path was clearer. Metaphorically speaking since dark, treacherous woods do not make for an easy getaway…

The descriptions of the atmosphere added to the overall feeling of disaster that carried through this book, and reminded me to check out what else Carolyn Lee Adams has written. She writes so vividly, and the flashbacks to Wolfman’s past were great (if disturbing) additions to an otherwise amazing book.

A more mature read, that is sure to keep you on your toes!
Favourite Quotes:
“My life has been filled with countless mistakes, but also success. I have been a coward at some points but brave at others. I have loved and been loved; I have failed to love and to accept love. Above all else I have tried my best, every step of the way.”

“Hopelessness is not an emotion to be indulged. On the heels of hopelessness comes defeat, and even though everything seems pointless and impossible, I still want to win.”

“I am Ruthless, and I’m no one to be trifled with.”

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