Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: July 14th 2015
Format: ARC | Source: Gifted
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
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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.
Ruthless is a story about survival. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. Ruth Carver wakes up blindfolded, in the bed of a moving truck and has no idea how she got there or where she’s going. When the truck finally stops and her blindfold is removed she realizes a creepy farmhand she asked her father to fire has abducted her. Now the guy she calls “The Wolfman” wants to punish her and get some payback for what she did. Ruth has to figure out how to stay alive and get away from him.
Ruth is strong and manages to figure out a lot of things while she’s being held captive. She realizes The Wolfman has done this before to other girls and she vows not to end up like them. Ruth really uses her head and manages to keep it together during this ordeal. I loved how smart she was and how she was determined to get through this, she did not let herself give up. This is one of those stories that really scares you because you have no idea how you would react if you were in it yourself. I have no idea if I could be as brave as her if I was in that situation.
This book also lets us see into The Wolfman’s world, we see what it was like for him growing up and it adds to the creepy factor. This guy is such a creep, we get little glimpses of why he felt the need to go after Ruth. It’s easy to see how he got so damaged and the twisted logic he uses to fuel his actions.
It was hard to put this book down, I kept telling myself “just one more chapter” and next thing I know it’s two in the morning and I’m done with the book. Like I said, this is a story about survival, not only does Ruth have to survive The Wolfman, she has to survive the unfamiliar wilderness she finds herself in. There were so many moments where Ruth could have given up and she almost does, but every time she finds a way to move forward and keep fighting. Ruth may not have been the nicest girl before all this happens but she didn’t deserve what The Wolfman planned for her and she refuses to let him win.
Ruthless is an amazing psychological thriller that keeps you engaged the whole way through. This definitely isn’t for younger readers and is a little scary because this situation could happen to anyone. This is an intriguing story about a girl who gets caught by a monster and she refuses to let herself be his next victim. If you love a good thriller and mystery I would definitely pick this up.