Title: The Ruining
Author: Anna Collomore
Release Date/Publisher: February 7th 2013 by Razorbill
Finished: June 8th 2013
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.
What I thought:
I liked this book better than I thought I would, and I just happened to borrow it from the library. It had suspense, mystery and a bit of a creepy aspect to it, with an ending that smoothed everything out nicely. Annie is our main character, a girl who grew up in a not so nice area, with a mother barely there and creepy step-father. She moves out when she’s given the chance to be a live-in nanny. The family she goes to stay with seems perfect, and Libby (the mother) welcomes her with open arms and they connect easily.
As it goes on though, Libby starts acting cold one moment then kind the next and I was wondering if she was the one that had issues. But as you read on little things happen like her door disappearing and it leaving her unable to sleep or have any privacy, which brings back bad memories for her. These things are enough to start damaging Annie’s mind, and as the reader we’re not sure exactly what’s going on or how it’s happening. She takes a complete turn from normal, and it actually creeped me out. But at the same time it kept me wanting to read it more!
There’s a bit of romance involved too, with Owen the boy next door. I thought it was cute, even though they have some rough patches they go through. If you’re looking for a good mix os mystery, suspense and romance you should give this book a try. Might be a good read for October!