Book Review

THE PERFECT RUIN by Shanora Williams

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of THE PERFECT RUIN by Shanora Williams for an honest review. Thank you to Recorded Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review!

Rating: 4.5 / 5

THE PERFECT RUIN begins with Ivy Hill. She is a young woman with a difficult past. She’s been in therapy trying to deal with the aftermath of a terrible tragedy that ruined her childhood. She’s never known the identity of the person who caused the event which caused her whole life to spiral, but she has that name now. Lola Maxwell is to blame.

Ivy begins a long con, working to infiltrate Lola’s life of wealth and privilege. Ivy is smart, working her way into Lola’s life and those of the people around her. Ivy narrates her every step in the form of letters to her therapist. She talks about her past, slowly revealing what has happened back then and in the present. More characters and stories come into play and the book works toward the coming ‘perfect ruin’.

In sitting down to write this review, I realized that I flew through this book so quickly that I never even logged this as a read on Goodreads! I finished the entire audiobook in about 24 hours and was gripped throughout, needing to know what was going on. Second person narration can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I think that it really worked here to draw me in to the story Ivy was laying out.

This isn’t a book where you are going to find any of the characters particularly lovable. Ivy has had a rough life, so I did feel for her, but at the same time her actions were engaging to read about, but horrible too. Lola’s world is full of wealth and privilege and you are left wondering about how she ruined Ivy’s life and how much she feels guilt for that (if at all).

The author does a fantastic job throwing in twists and keeping up the pace as she counts down to the ‘perfect ruin’ to come! This is one I would absolutely recommend to those who enjoy a fantastic character driven thriller!

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