Author: Carolyn Lee Adams
Publication: July 14th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
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.
I received a digital ARC of this book from Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss for my participation in the blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Ruthless is without a doubt a spine-tingling YA read. Right off the bat, the readers are taken to a position that will keep them engaged in this story of pursuit to escape a notorious killer.
The story starts off as Ruth wakes up blindfolded and wounded and has no idea where she is or how she ended up in that situation. She doesn’t panic, she takes her time to think.
Then she realizes that she has been kidnapped.
Right away, it displayed what type of main character is being portrayed in the book. Ruth is strong and smart. Being used to competing all her life, she wouldn’t go down without a fight.
When she meets her captor, a.k.a. “Wolfman” (who happens to be a man that used to work in their farm and got fired because of her), he tells Ruth what’s in store for her and it isn’t the first time he’d done it.
In between chapters, there are flashback entries featuring past events including Wolfman’s and some of Ruth’s. It shows why Wolfman do these things to girls especially to red haired ones.
The suspense build up is compelling. It’s like I was also with Ruth in the book and I’m on the run for survival. But, to be honest, I can’t really imagine being in her situation. (
Being naked and lost? I’d be a hopeless wreck!) I’d probably be dead by the first 10 minutes – or less. The narration did a lot with how an instant connection is bridged between Ruth and the readers. You will feel just as scared, just as terrified and just as vindictive as Ruth. I felt very connected to Ruth and I was rooting for her all through out.
Ruth gets the chance to escape and the next thing we know, the tables are turned. There were a lot of chasing and running and escaping and hiding and a lot of fight for the upper hand but not so much action which dragged the story a little bit but the tension is always there. You’d always have to be on the watch out, just like Ruth.
Ruthless will surely keep you on your toes.
Molly C. Quinn as Ruth
The only detail I picked up on the book about Ruth is that she is red headed and petite. But I also imagined her as a girl with an innocent facade that she puts on but snobbish and intimidating at the same time.Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Jerry T. Balls/”Wolfman”
“He’s a big, thick man, a hairy man, and it’s not easy to find his jugular.” Just add more facial hair on him, he could pass as Wolfman (I think).
Nick Robinson as Caleb
Ruth describes him as her red neck best friend who wears Wranglers and cowboy jeans. Straight up country boy?
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