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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,611 ratings  ·  478 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 Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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
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 re
Beatrice Masaluñga
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
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
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Is it just me or the girl on the cover looks awfully like Octavia from the show The 100?

Anyone? No?
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 en
In this story "Ruthless", a man, Wolfman, had a very toxic childhood/struggles in his adult life and now, as a middle aged man, he believes truly that it is his job to "purify" or punish "bad girls" (specifically "bad girls" that are red heads) The antagonist of this story is highly disturbing...

"That psychopath picked the wrong target this time didn't he."
Yes yes he did!

And what bugs and scares me is things that happen in this story...HAPPEN! There is actual people like "Wolfman" (The antagonis
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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
Elle (ellexamines)
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.
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. ...more
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
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, ya, thriller
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
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Ruth as a character, she’s not the most likable character but she’s fierce and strong and complicated and she struggles. And I love the message. Women can be ruthless, they survive and have so much strength. but it’s also okay to be weak sometimes and to need help and to cry, have emotions, etc.

But where this book lost me is the plot, it’s a little disjointed and some parts are confusing. (view spoiler)
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, arc
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.

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 scream “DAMN YOU, PATRIARCHY.” If there’s not, I’ll find one. All my facetious fun about patriarc
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
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspenseful young adult
(Review Not on Blog)

I am in the minority on this one, but I just didn't care for the writing style. While the story is interesting, and I was able to finish the novel by skimming, I could not really get into the book. I cannot remember much at this time other than those on my notes.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Liked that it didn't shy away from the gritty, but nothing really stood out for me. ...more
Holy. Shit. Review to Come but Oh My God what a book. What a fighter.

Never Give Up. Always Keep Fighting
Jessica C Writes
I have pretty mixed feelings about this book. It was intriguing & very gripping, but many parts of it just fell very flat for me. I feel like the writing wasn’t as strong as I would have wanted it to be, and it just read like a screenplay of every single thriller movie I’ve watched about a kidnapping.

It didn’t help that I also didn’t like the main character, especially in the beginning of the novel.

I just wish this book did more.
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 t

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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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