Published by Simon and Schuster on July 14th 2015
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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.
Ruthless is a survival story done right. It’s just the right amount of creepy, thrilling, and pulse pounding. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat, praying that Ruth would find a way out of her situation. There wasn’t a second that went by where I wasn’t terrified of what was going to come next.
Ruth Carver is not a perfect heroine, not by a long shot. She’s a little full of herself, a little rude, and she is pretty much just obsessed with things that benefit her. She was willing to trample people to get where she needed to be and while I didn’t necessarily approve of those methods, I obviously still didn’t think she deserved anything this guy had in store for her. I think this in this case, it doesn’t matter about the heroine’s past, as long as she will have a future. It’s not like anyone is going to root for her to die.
Let me just say, this is not one for the faint of heart or a young reader. Carolyn Lee Adams does not pull any punches. I was terrified for Ruth’s life and sanity, every page of the book. The guy who abducts her is seriously creepy. The bulk of the story is told from Ruth’s point of view but there are flashbacks in his point of view and he is extremely messed up in the head. I was sickened and terrified. I don’t mind that from a book but if you do, this is not the one for you.
The story itself isn’t so much all about Ruth being abducted but also about how she escapes and spends her time in the wilderness. She is on her own, no supplies, and no help in sight. Like I said, this is a survival story above all else. It’s not just about surviving the ordeal with her abduction but surviving her escape as well. There isn’t a second that goes by where you don’t fear for Ruth’s life. Even if she isn’t killed by a crazy madman, the elements could get her just as easily.
Overall, Ruthless is truly one story that stands out in the YA market. I have never read anything like it and it definitely made me eager to see what Carolyn Lee Adams is going to do next.
What others are saying about Ruthless:
Confessions of a Bookaholic’s review: “For her debut young adult novel, Carolyn Lee Adams really knocks it out of the park with Ruthless.”
The YA Kitten’s review: “Watching Ruth outsmart Jerry again and again is a great deal of fun and the book flies by as long as you have the time to read it in one or two sittings.”
The Forest of Words and Pages’ review: “A brutal fight-for-your-life story that is sure to keep you up late at night to discover its character’s fates,Ruthless is a brilliant, twisted tale that shocks and thrills chapter after chapter.”