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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,211 ratings  ·  421 reviews
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 truck, Ruth 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
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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Christi Massey And I'm 40 and thoroughly enjoyed this. I'd definitely let my 15-year-old daughter read this, and I think even younger than that can benefit from the…moreAnd I'm 40 and thoroughly enjoyed this. I'd definitely let my 15-year-old daughter read this, and I think even younger than that can benefit from the wonderful underlying messages in it.(less)

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Faye, la Patata
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My video review is up!!! I reenacted what happens when there are stupid heroines in a book (no worries though, no stupid heroines in Ruthless at all...

Yup, this book was amazing, guys.

(and seriously, watch the video - I did another reenactment there!)

A summary of why the book's awesome:

- It's atmospheric. Guaranteed to put you on your toes. I mean, a psycho's out there; you can't let your guard down now, can you?!
- It's character-driven and plot-driven at the same time, which is actually a very
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Leider konnte mich die Geschichte nicht wirklich überzeugen. Es fängt gut an, ist actionreich & hat auch ein paar spannende Momente, dennoch hat es mich letzten Endes enttäuscht. An den sehr rasanten, teilweise abgehackten Schreibstil konnte ich mich nicht gewöhnen & gegen Ende fand ich es einfach nur noch laaangweilig! Schade!
Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beatrice by: Faye, la Patata
Shelves: young-adult
Finding herself on the truck bed, Ruth Carver knew she's been abducted by a mysterious man. She doesn't have any recollection of what has happened and any motives why she's taken. Her kidnapper was a psychopath with a fascination on mean redheads but this man eventually underestimated Ruth. She's raised to win on all things. She is ruthless with her intelligence and courage, she's going to play a deadly game with this man. She's not letting herself to be killed at all cost.

If there's one charac
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“I'm not going to be raped. I'm not going to be murdered. I'm going to bring him to justice so this never happens to anyone else. I'm not going to think like a victim. I'm going to think like a winner. Because that's what I am. I'm Ruthless, by God, and I need to act like it.”


We'll call this one closer to 3.5 stars, but I didn't feel right rounding up.

Right from the get-go, I'll be honest, I don't like Ruth's character very much. I found her to be arrogant, rude, and I got tired of the repe
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the ARC ebook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

A thrilling, suspenseful book that had me holding my breath, gasping and every other reaction that came from the torrent of emotions I felt right alongside Ruth. This book took everything out of me and just writing this review is bringing it all back, leaving me reeling. So much went into it because it was more than just another thriller and the psychological aspects worked p
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

Imagine waking up in the bed of an old, filthy truck, concussed, bound and blindfolded, disoriented and scared, only to realize that a near stranger took you from your family and friends, for reasons unknown, and that he’s taking you deep into the woods where no one will think to look for you. That is exactly what Ruthless puts us through on its very first pages, not caring how hard our hearts will beat or how scared we’ll be.

There can be no winner in the seemingly endless mind game that ensue
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

Holy nightmare-inducing batman! Ruthless is one of THE best YA thriller books that I have read in a very long time. I read this one in a matter of hours and by the end, I just wanted someone to hold me and shield me from all the nightmares I was bound to have that night. Starting the book at 12 in the morning while everyone else was asleep was certainly a bad idea.

The book opened up in a big bang with the main character, Ruth, waking up with a concussion unable to see clearly around her on a mov
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This book wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. There were parts of it that I found to be super intense and very interesting, I really liked the main character Ruth by the end of the novel. However, towards the end the novel dragged to the point that I really started to not care about whether she lived or died. I thought starting the story right in the middle of the action was great but if you're going to do that as a writer you have to follow through and keep the story that intense!

Longer revi
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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WOW. Holy crap, what a RIDE. I devoured this one in two sittings–I had to stop reading at night otherwise I would traumatised–and my head is still reeling from what just went down. Again, HOLY CRAP. I don’t think I’ve ever read a survival story like this! Right from the beginning, the action kicks in. There’s this constant feeling of dread with this book, because even though things look bright for a while, it all comes crashing down n
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of suspense throughout the book. I couldn't stop reading until I was done. Great first novel.
Rhea Dsouza
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Ruthless is very much like Saw—without the hard-core torture porn. And without the deliberate sawing off of body parts, of course.

Ruth “Ruthless” Carver finds her self in the back of a truck, barely conscious and unable to remember how she got there. The only thing she’s got going for her is her dogged determination to return to her family, alive and mostly unharmed. Her capturer, though, thinks otherwise. For him, “bad red-headed girls” like Ruth need to be punished.

And his punishment ends in h
Future Slayer Girl
Do you have any idea how nice it was to read a book where the chick doesn't 'fall for' the serial killer!!!! That isn't a question, because I know so many of us are sick of the glorification of the psycho path. In this day and age we call a woman 'unlikable and unrelatable' when she actually fights back against the serial killer. We put the book down, call it boring, and disregard it because the author didn't glamorize a man that assaults and murders innocent girls. Yes, this dude was a real win ...more
Kennedy Liggett
I picked up Ruthless because I wanted to read a book that would keep me on the edge of my seat and cause me to have minor heart attacks- and what other book to do that than one about a girl being chased by a serial killer rapist?

At the beginning of this book, Ruthless did exactly that.
I was fully engaged in the storyline and Ruth's chances of survival, but as the story progressed everything slowly went downhill- the plot began to drag and become almost boring at parts.

So unfortunately, overall,
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, thriller, ya
I have a new favourite way of picking a book to read. Basically I just pick a book I've never heard of before and read it. Nothing fancy. I first tried this little trick out on the superb Girl Underwater, and having trouble settling to a book this evening decided to try it out again. Interesting synchronicies; both are debut novels and both are about survival.

The way I found this book was via an email Goodreads sent me today. It was a good gambit. Ruth is a fighter. She is determined, headstron
Elise (TheBookishActress)
3.5 stars. Ruthless is a badass, high-tension thriller that I genuinely enjoyed a lot.

Her kidnapper is an old guy who’s decided that he needs to punish “bad girls” like Ruth. While Ruth has been horrible to people in the past, she is never blamed for what’s happening by the narrative, which I loved. Ruthless showcases how misogyny can grow into something truly terrifying.

The book kinda skipped over the whole she's-a-possible-sex-slave bit, and Ruth’s personal response to that, which annoyed me
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Damn, that was intense. I'm not used to YA thrillers being so edge-of-your-seat kind of thrilling. This is a one sitting read for sure. The author didn't hold back - they went pretty gritty for a YA. I was pretty surprised. Doesn't tip-toe around sexual assault, graphic violence or pedophilia.

Review to come.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, favorites
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Diversity Rating: 0 - What Diversity?

Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 0

In case you don’t know me very well, I’m always angry at the patriarchy for various reasons. Whether it’s men trying to explain things to me that I already know, them trying to tell me what I can and can’t do with my body, or when I stub my toe on something in my room, there’s always a reason for me to
Wren [t(he)y]
This review can also be found at http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogs...

Ruth wakes up in a pickup truck, unaware of how she got there. She soon discovers that she was taken by a man, and he's transporting her to his cabin in the woods. Her captor thinks that he has the right to kidnap and "fix" or punish girls like Ruth, girls who are "bad". Ruth soon learns that he's done this at least six times before....none of the previous girls survived. Ruth, however, is determined that she will live and
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Review also found at

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Simon Pulse vie Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication is July 14th, 2015**

This story read a little bit different for me. Although the concept is not exactly unique, it is the first that I can recall that was written entirely in the first person. This kept the story focused entirely on Ruth and her situation and left out any other noise. It felt
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

“I am Ruthless, and I’m no one to be trifled with.”

Ruthless is author Carolyn Lee Adams debut novel. It is a story that is brutal, as it is heartbreaking. 17-year old Ruth Carver wakes up in the back of a truck covered with straw and manure and a concussion from being knoc
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Liked that it didn't shy away from the gritty, but nothing really stood out for me.
Sandra (youmaysayimareader)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ruthless is the most stressful, disturbing, never-wracking and visceral experience I've had with any book in a while. I desperately wanted to keep reading, but at the same time, I stayed away from it for hours at a time because of the powerful impact it had on me. Deeply engrossing, brutal and terrifyingly realistic, Ruthless is a fantastically written story of survival and, simultaneously, a short, fascinating study of both the good and the bad parts of human nature.

When I picked this up, I ha
Mackenzie Lenkevich
I really liked this book. I say that because it's pretty similar to the book, The Cellar. Which was also a really good book. This book was almost predictable. At parts of the book, I could just about guess what she was going to do and why she was going to do it. I think that's why I liked this book so much. I liked being able to predict what she was going to do and then having the book tell me whether or not if I was right. I also did like how there wasn't one moment in the book where I thought ...more
Kimberly (Book Swoon)

She was supposed to be his seventh victim. He may end up her first.

Ruthless is a fast paced, intense psychological thriller. An edge-of-your-seat experience that glues the reader to their book with breathless anticipation. Debut author Carolyn Lee Adams’s writing will hold you hostage until the last page. Unputdownable!

From the moment I saw Ruthless, with its dramatic cover and blurb, I knew I wanted to read and review it. I wanted to know more about Ruth. A cat-and-mouse game that boasts a

My immediate reaction after finishing this book was woah. I had to sit back for a bit to catch my breath. This story was incredibly fast-paced, intense, surprising, and emotionally engaging… but there was also something that makes me think it isn’t going to stick with me. I don’t know what that thing is precisely, but,, gah, I wish I could put into words what I am thinking. I do want to stress that this book was incredibly well-written and the storyline unique, but it was lacking an intangible q ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruthless is a survival story done right. It’s just the right amount of creepy, thrilling, and pulse pounding. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat, praying that Ruth would find a way out of her situation. There wasn’t a second that went by where I wasn’t terrified of what was going to come next.

Ruth Carver is not a perfect heroine, not by a long shot. She’s a little full of herself, a little rude, and she is pretty much just obsessed with things that benefit her. She was willing to
Lelia Taylor
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
When you read a book description saying it's about a young woman being held against her will by a serial---what, killer?---you kind of know what to expect, right? Wrong, oh so very wrong. Ruthless is a book that has all the chills and thrills you could possibly want. Cozy-only readers need to avoid this one but you can't go wrong if you love a really intense psychological thriller.

It's one thing to find yourself in a terrible situation like this but Ruth Carver truly is a unique young woman, one
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
“Life isn't fair," comes the voice of Nana. She has told me that a thousand times. "What matters is how you handle it." I'm going to handle it by winning.”

Este libro ha sido un megamix de feelings la verdad cogi thriller para cambiar un poco de genero y al principio me costo porque describía todo tanto que era inevitable ponerme en la situacion y morirme de miedo pero Ruth no es así ella le hace honor a su nombre de Ruthless y en el momento que se da cuenta que ha sido secuestrada no descansa su
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Carolyn Lee Adams is originally from the Seattle area, breeding ground of serial killers and those who write about them. She attended USC Film School and graduated with a BFA in screenwriting. RUTHLESS (Simon Pulse, Summer 2015) is her first novel. When she isn't exploring the dark side of human nature in her writing, you'll find her on stage as a stand-up comedian. Because those things go togethe ...more
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“My life has been filled with countless mistakes, but also success. I have been a coward at some points but brave at others. I have loved and been loved; I have failed to love and to accept love. Above all else I have tried my best, every step of the way.” 9 likes
“I am Ruthless, and I’m no one to be trifled with.” 9 likes
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