The Ruining by Anna Collomore
Originally published on February 07, 2013
“The smartest lady doesn’t carry any baggage, I always say. She knows how to leave it in the past.”
“That was the one thing about leaving a family that doesn’t care; you get to start over completely.”
“Something about what she’d said had me feel lighter. And that was the best gift I’d ever received.”
“The chaos was alarming; it was beautiful.”
“Love blinds you to everything. All the signs you should see, all the details you’d normally never miss– they give way to the only thing you really want to see: his face. And the warnings, the things you would have perked up to in the past? You don’t hear them, because they’re not the sound of his voice. Love is a very beautiful, very dangerous thing.”
“When we pulled our hands apart, an invisible net remained, binding us together even though our bodies were no longer touching.”
“The absence of his hand left me feeling naked and insecure.”
“I love tracing his jaw, and I love when he feels it in his sleep and smiles just a little. His smile is my favorite thing.”
Goodreads Synopsis: Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens – especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.
All too soon cracks appear in Annie’s seemingly perfect world. She’s blamed for mistakes she doesn’t remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she’s always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie’s fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness or is something sinister at play?
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: 3.5/5