Author: Carolyn Lee Adams
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: July 14th 2015
Review Source: 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 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 begins when Ruth wakes up in the back of a truck. She is clueless of what is happening. She doesn’t know what she did last or who she was with. Let not this scare you, no, Ruth begins to mentally train herself. She begins to recall what her parents taught her. She begins to make escape plans. All she knows is she will not go down without a fight.
Ruth soon learns she has been abducted by a man. Jerry wants to kill her for being a bad girl. Her death is her punishment. A punishment for being horrible to some of her parents’ employees. Being mean to the boys that have shown interest in her.
As the story goes on, we learn that Ruth outsmart Jerry and the roles are reversed. It was fun to read this part - only for a few minutes as we later find out what will happen to her next.
If you like dark-thriller novels, then you should read Ruthless. If you like to read books that will keep you on your toes, then Ruthless is the one for you. Although this story is dark, there is a great lesson in this story. This is a wild chase and I recommend this if you’re up for it.