Review: Ruined by S.A. McEwen

A violent murder. A family secret. And a boyfriend who’s not who he says he is…

Cover Design: Rough-Draft

Sydney, Australia. Lawyer and companion Natalie Coommaraswamy struggles to be the good daughter her parents demand. A second-generation Sri Lankan, she’s never penetrated her family’s resolute silence surrounding their flight from Sri Lanka, and has been left with unanswered questions about where she belongs and who she can trust.

Then her best friend is found murdered. Fuelled by disinterest from the police, Natalie begins her own hunt for the murderer. But when clues point to her new lover, her carefully regulated world starts to unravel. And the truth will threaten more than her sanity…

My thoughts

Ruined starts off with a murder and I did not guess the killer until I was supposed to. Ruined kept me absorbed until the very end.

Ruined isn’t just a mystery, but an education on people who immigrated from Sri-Lanka and the vibrating ripples into next generations. Ruined is about family. The family you have. The life you create from that life. And what happens when you have another life in your hands.

The story talks heavily about abortoin as Natalie, a sexx worker, tries to figure out what to do with a leftover present from a one-night stand. It then gets complicated when she meets up with the one-nighter, Griffin. Is he a good guy? Safe guy?? Just who is he?

Then the question becomes: is he killing her friends?

I found the intricacies that S.A. McEwen weaves through the story to be excellent. Every detail makes everything sharper, more confusing, and leads to astounding events for Natalie.

Ruined is a solid mystery that makes you think on more than one level. McEwen has written a good mystery that might ruin your plans for the weekend because the mystery is that good.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Kaleido Text Media, 9780648201373, 2020

Cover Design: Rough-Draft @rghdrftstudio

Editor: Erica Russikoff, Erica’s Editing Services

Series: A Family Untied #1; Settings: Sydney, Australia

Pages: 250

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