A mostly Young Adult book review blog run by a mother and daughter team.
Let me start off by staying this…this book gave me serious heart palpitations. I had to speed through it because I just couldn’t stand waiting to see what the end outcome would be. As someone who is totally and completely obsessed with Criminal Minds, Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams was just like one of their episodes. I kid you not!
The opening scene where Ruth Carver has already been kidnapped (I’m not spoiling anything. It’s a fact. Read the first page.), where she is trying to figure where she is, how she got there, and what happened to her. The point where she realizes what has actually happened, and comes face to face with the sick twisted a-hole who thinks that he needs to punish Ruth. Unfortunately for Ruth, she figures out that he has done this many times already.
But this sicko has taken Ruth way into the mountains, deep into the forest where it’s pretty near close to impossible to drive into the cabin area. Good for him, bad for Ruth. But Ruth is a fighter, and she uses every ounce of fight in her to get away from this perv. And this is when the drama and the never-ending heart attack started.
It’s like one of those thriller/slasher movies where the main character does one thing, and you’re yelling at the screen at them saying “What are you doing?”, “Get the hell outta there!”, “OMG I CAN’T EVEN WATCH THIS ANYMORE I’M SO SCARED FOR THE CHARCTER!!”. Dude, that’s what this book was just like. I read it at night (mistake). I freaked myself out.
I was so scared for Ruth. She gets away, but she doesn’t, but she does, but she doesn’t. Round and round and round. OMG! And those neighbours!! I threw my reader down and refused to read for a bit. I was so angry!
And isn’t all of this what makes a fantastic, unforgettable read? Getting the readers emotions to reach out to the characters in the book? I personally think that author, Carolyn Lee Adams, wrote this book to perfection. Things are always scarier (to me anyways) when you read it, rather than watching the show/movie. My mind conjured the most heinous villain. My body felt the characters desperation (Ruth’s and the stupid psycho). My eyes didn’t want to tear away from the story, and my voice did cry out for Ruth.
What did I not like about this book? In all honesty, even though Ruth is such a strong-willed female character, there were times that I was so annoyed with her. I reflected after reading the book (because how could you not!) and did the whole “what would I do if I were in this sitch”, and that’s when a few of Ruth’s actions came up and annoyed me. I’m not sharing anything though! You seriously need to read this one for yourself, and experience it.
Fans of thrillers, or are on the lookout for strong female characters, definitely need to read Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams. It is one of those reads that will remain with the reader long after reading the last page.