The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams

Sometimes it is best to go into a book blind. I won a copy of Shanora Williams's latest novel The Perfect Ruin in a Goodreads giveaway that I didn't remember entering. (Please tell me I'm not the only one to have done this!) I didn't even recall reading a blurb about the book, so I had zero expectations about what it would be. It turns out that knowing nothing was the perfect way to approach this novel. Williams shrouds much of the motivations of the first part of her book in mystery, so coming in with no preconceived notions about what the story is really worked to my advantage. 

Ivy has spent years in therapy recovering from the trauma of her childhood. When we first meet her, we don't know exactly what that trauma is, and it isn't clear why she has faced such a long period of recovery. What we do know is this. Ivy's therapist has just revealed the name of a person who is responsible for much of her troubles. Armed with this new information, Ivy has vowed to get revenge. To reveal any more of the plot would rob you of the discovery that makes reading the novel as much fun as it is. Suffice it to say that each of the characters keeps their secrets close and their enemies even closer. 

The Perfect Ruin reads a lot like one of those made for T.V. melodramas where every character has a secret and each reveal becomes more shocking and outlandish than the last. That's not a knock on the quality of writing by any means. In fact, each layer of the plot in this one kept me turning the pages waiting to see what crazy thing would happen next. I do think, however, that reading this book will require you to suspend your disbelief to fully enjoy it. Many scenes reminded me of classic prime-time soap operas like Desperate Housewives or Dallas. It is a credit to Williams that I found myself caring about the characters in this one, especially as they acted from mostly selfish motivations. The ending of the book did crescendo to one too many twists for my tastes, but it was all in good fun and in keeping with the momentum that drove everything before it. The Perfect Ruin is the best kind of popcorn read, an entertaining page-turner that never takes itself too seriously. 

For more information, visit the author's website, Amazon, and Goodreads

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10 Responses to “The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams”

  1. That's funny that you didn't even remember entering the giveaway for this one! :D I'm glad this one turned out to be a good read despite having a few too many twists at the end.

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    1. I really have a problem with entering too many giveaways haha!

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  2. Love the comparison to the often OTT storylines of primetime soaps. :) That can be fun when you're you're willing to suspend disbelief and just go with it.

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    1. You have to be in the right mindset, but you really can't deny the fun of this kind of story.

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  3. I love a good twist but too many of them can be too much.

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    1. I agree. This one just had a couple too many for even the exaggerated story it was telling.

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  4. I loved both shows you name dropped, though, I have to be in the mood for melodrama. When I am though, it's gold for me. Seems like your giveaway win was a rather good one.

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    1. I really hit the jackpot with this giveaway! I agree that the mood has to be right to fully enjoy these, but when they hit they really hit!

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  5. Just put in a hold request for this one, will have it this week!

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    1. You'll devour this one in one sitting! Be prepared for an over the top drama that will have you hating and loving everything that happens haha.

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