Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Ruining by Anna Collomore
Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.
All too soon cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?
"The Ruining "is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.
The Ruining was a beautiful haunting novel. It creeped me out and fascinated me at the same time. I’m the type of person who tries to figure out what happens at the end of a book before it happens. The Ruining was definitely a challenge to figure out. I had no idea what was going to happen at the end. I couldn’t even figure out if Libby or Annie was the one with the mental illness until the very end. I must find out if The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories is an actual book. If so, I would love to read it. It sounds scary and fascinating at the same time. All of the characters were beautifully written. Libby scared me. She was manipulative and deceitful almost to the point of being pure evil. I haven’t seen an antagonist written that well since Jack Torrence in Stephen King’s The Shining. I’m hoping the Anna Collomore writes more YA novels in the future. I would also love to see her write an adult horror novel.
I give The Ruining: 5/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.