Hello, internetlings and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams is out guest for the day and may I tell you that this book is the kind that will require you to read it with people around. You do not want to read it alone. Nope. Find out more in my review and don’t forget to enter the international giveaway! Follow the rest of the Ruthless tour here.
Ruthess by Carolyn Lee Adams
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 very much like Saw—without the hard-core torture porn. And without the deliberate sawing off of body parts, of course.
Ruth “Ruthless” Carver finds her self in the back of a truck, barely conscious and unable to remember how she got there. The only thing she’s got going for her is her dogged determination to return to her family, alive and mostly unharmed. Her capturer, though, thinks otherwise. For him, “bad red-headed girls” like Ruth need to be punished.
And his punishment ends in her death.
The first thing I noticed myself falling in love with as I read? Ruth’s tenacity. This girl is fucking amazing. She’s got mad survival skills, almost like she was trained to run from homicidal freaks. She finds herself in a ton of unpleasant and lethal situations, but manages to smart her killer and get out of each problem alive. Barely, of course, but alive and ready for the next challenge. She is smart and tenacious, and a born winner. Many times throughout the course of the book, Ruth flashbacks to all the tough times in her life, wherein she learned to grow a tough skin and fight to win. Not to say that she isn’t resilient on her own, but these flashbacks of a younger and more delicate Ruth helped me understand how exactly she became so strong.
The villain of the story is undoubtedly Ruth’s captor, Wolfman. He has a real name—obviously—but I’m trying to maintain some semblance of a non-spoilers review so please, bear with me. Wolf man is relentless, patriarchal, and will only stop once he has Ruth’s blood. I’d say that, as a girl, Wolfman was my worst nightmare. Ruth’s torture at his hands was the kind that would leave ample scars on her—sexual, mental, in fact her whole way of thinking would change after the trauma. But like I said, Ruth was a fierce thing to behold on her own…and I was so, so sure that she would get out of this alive. There were a couple of times where I felt like Ruth behaved out of character—for a smart girl with ridiculously good survivor skills, she sure felt daft sometimes—but all in all, Ruth was badass and she totally knew how to kick some ass.
But what really brings this book to life is Carolyn Lee Adams, whom I must commend for writing something so scary, and yet so fucking necessary. This book was the type that made me sit back and re-evaluate on something I should have done long ago—Would I be able to sucessfully defend myself in any situation like Ruth’s? And I think that is the specific message that this book should bring across to all the audiences that will have the pleasure of reading it. Ruth defaulted to survival mode—she did what she could to ensure that she was unharmed and alive, no matter what her captor had in mind for her. She was smart and fast, but she was also one with the willpower and strength of great rarity.
Ruthless was very, very different from what I’ve been reading lately and it turned out to be the best kind of surprise. The book is a fight-or-die kind of a story, and Ruth fought and she fought well, goddammit. The book is all dark thrills and chills and if you’re new to the Thriller genre, then I do believe Ruthless is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the genre!
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Carolyn Lee Adams is originally from the Seattle area, breeding ground of serial killers and those who write about them. She attended USC Film School and graduated with a BFA in screenwriting. RUTHLESS (Simon Pulse, Summer 2015) is her first novel. When she isn’t exploring the dark side of human nature in her writing, you’ll find her on stage as a stand-up comedian. Because those things go together.