The Ruining by Anna Collomore Review

ruinGenre: Young Adult, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Judging the Cover: The sinister image of a girl going underwater set against the backdrop of a gorgeous mansion is a great representation of the story.

Plot according to Goodreads: 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 Good:

  • There is a lot of mystery in this book. The story begins like a typical young adult story but quickly turns into something a bit darker.
  • There are some parts to the book that cause a lot of confusion to the reader. The main character, Annie, is telling the story in first person and it’s hard to tell whether she is a reliable narrator or not. This was interesting and fun, but could also be a bit frustrating at times.
  • There is a romance in the book that is sweet and develops in a realistic way. I am not a fan of romance but I didn’t mind this one.

What I didn’t Like:

  • I never really felt like I could connect to any of the characters. I felt very disconnected from the story and didn’t feel invested in it.
  • The characters could have been developed a bit more. I wanted to know more about Libby and Annie.
  • The ending felt rushed…things were resolved in about 2 paragraphs and it felt like a lot of build up for a very quick resolution.
  • As mentioned above, the confusing parts were enjoyable at first but quickly became frustrating to me.
  • The story had many aspects that seemed very unrealistic. There were many things that I doubt would occur in “real life”

My Thoughts: Overall, it was an average read. I think I expected more from it than I got. It wasn’t a bad book but it’s nothing to write home about.

My Rating: This was a solid 3/5 star rated book.

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