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Review: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Carolyn Lee Adams

Genre: YA CrimeThriller,
Hardback: 256 Pages
Publication: July 14, 2015
by Simon Pulse

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 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.


Ruth wakes up with a concussion on a moving truck, and she can't remember how she gets there. That is when the story begins.

Ruth is a fighter. Ruth refuses to be a victim after she is told by the serial killer rapist Jerry Balls that he will kill her as he did six other redheads that he deemed needed to be punished. All she wants is to return to her family, alive and unharmed. Ruth knows this fight will take every ounce of resolve and smart that she has because she is not going to become another victim. She keeps running through the woods naked to survive the wilderness as Jerry Balls hunts her down.

I felt engaged in the story of Ruth's fight for survival. Throughout the book, flashbacks to both Jerry’s and Ruth’s backstory gives us deeper insight into their characters. Ruthless is a fast paced, intense, psychological and survival thriller. It’s frightening because what happens to Ruth can easily happen to any of us. Ruthless raises the question of "Would I be able to successfully defend myself in any situation like Ruth’s?"

Ruthless is an intense and unsettling survival story. I would recommend this novel to the fans of survival fiction and serial killer tales.

A copy was provided by Simon & Schuster for review

Rating: 4 stars

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