Ruthless -- Carolyn Lee Adams
Ruthless is a book that very much keeps you hooked from the moment it begins. Whether or not it's a good book though, that's kind of debatable and probably depends on the reader, really. Aside from it keeping my attention, there really wasn't much else going for it.
The Story in Brief:
Ruth awakens to find that she has no idea where she is or what happened to her; she is hurt and she is trapped and she realizes that she is lying in a moving truck bed. It doesn't take long for her to find out that she's been kidnapped by a man who has plans to "purify" and "break" her and teach her a lesson before he kills her. With the strength of her own determination to survive, Ruth manages to escape only to fall into a dangerous hunting game as she loses herself in the wildlife of the mountains. And even as she continues to run, her captor is only one step behind her.
There really isn't much to this book, which is probably why it was so easy to read and so easy to finish reading. Ruthless is a straight-forward thriller about a young girl trying to escape a serial killer and rapist--something that is revealed very early on in the book.
At the same time, she also finds herself needing to survive the wilderness of the cold mountains, a hunger from being deprived of food, and all of the injuries she'd incurred upon being taken.
As much as I'd love to say that this was an extraordinary book, the truth is that I was mainly kept going by wanting to know what would happen to Ruth and how she would manage to escape and survive. The tangential self-revelations and her character development just seemed overshadowed by the intensity of the chase. Which is strange, because I'd been ready to abandon the book due to Ruth's obvious arrogant pride in herself and a latent prejudice she has against people who aren't at the same level of "sophistication" she claims her family comes from; it really DOES causes her to be a hard character to like. I was crossing my fingers and hoping for immense character development.
But anyway, with the concluding development of Ruth's character, I'm at least a bit appeased, even if not by very much.
All in all, Ruthless is exciting, simple as that.