Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?
What I Liked: 1) I really liked the psychological part of it. I could never predict where it was going to go, and our poor MC, whom I grew to like, just got raked over the coals. There are a number of times where the plot gets yanked in one direction that I just wasn't expecting at all. That is one of my favorite things about psychological thrillers like this one. Their unpredictability. 2) Annie. I was on the fence for a while about Annie. I appreciated her desire to get out of the household she was in how she was able to find a way to get to college and have a job. But there in the middle...she started seeming a little needy. Well, once you read it and you find out the details, it makes more sense, and I was able to feel more of a connection. 3) Zoe. Annie's young charge is a sweetheart. Since I read a lot of YA, there are not a lot of kids present in the books I read. But she's a welcome addition to the insanity of some of this novel. 4) Walker. As a secondary character, I thought Walker was a nice addition to the story. He didn't have a major part, but when he needed to take charge, he did. The ending would have never come to be had Walker not intervened, so despite his status as secondary, he was well-developed and likeable. 5) The ending. After everything that went on, I was very pleased by this ending. It seems like every question had a satisfying answer, with very good explanations.
What I Didn't Like: I wouldn't put too much stock in the love story. Have you ever watched two really bad actors try to pull off a love scene? That's what Annie and Owen reminded me of. Like two people who had no chemistry being forced into a relationship. I missed the chemistry.
Overall Thoughts: The Ruining is a twisty and complicated psychological thriller with plenty of plot turns to keep you interested. Most of the characters are well-developed, as is the mysterious plot line. Unpredictability will keep you guessing. The love story definitely leaves something to be desired, but since it isn't the focus of the story, it doesn't hinder it too bad. This one was just released, so if psych thrillers are you thing, add it to your TBR!
My Rating: 3.5 shots