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A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.Ruth...
A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.Ruth...
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  • A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.
    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 trick, she 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 she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.
    The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.
    Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.

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  • Carolyn Lee Adams is originally from the Seattle area, which is known for serial killers and those who write about them. She attended USC film school and graduated with a BFA in screenwriting. Ruthless is her debut 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 together.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 22, 2015
    In Adams’s thrilling, horror-tinged debut, 17-year-old Ruth Carver refuses to be a victim even after she is abducted by a disturbed man she names “Wolfman,” severely injured, and taken to a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ruth is told that no one is looking for her—Wolfman intends to break Ruth psychologically and then kill her as he did six other redheads who he deemed needed to be punished. She narrowly escapes his grasp, but then is faced with surviving the wilderness as he hunts her down. When the tables turn, Ruth must determine the extent to which she will seek retribution. Readers will feel completely submerged in Ruth’s first-person, present-tense narrative, which alternates with third-person chapters that provide glimpses into Ruth and Wolfman’s pasts. Though Adams focuses primarily on Ruth’s will to escape her captor within the present, it’s clear that these past experiences have helped form her inner core of resilience. An intense and unsettling survival story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2015
    Can 17-year-old Ruth's relentless drive to win save her from a serial killer? When she's competing or training Tucker, her horse, Ruth Carver pushes herself to the limit to be the best. In fact, the other girls who take lessons from her mother at the stable, part of Ruth's family's farm, call Ruth "Ruthless." Waking in a dark vehicle and sure she has a concussion, Ruth knows she's been kidnapped and vows to follow her sheriff grandfather's advice to do anything to escape. When she meets her wolflike abductor and learns she's not his first victim and that he wants to show her the error of her high-and-mighty ways, Ruth knows this fight will take every ounce of resolve and smarts. She escapes, naked, into the Blue Ridge Mountains' wilderness, but the "Wolfman" has plans to get his seventh victim back. Seattle screenwriter and sometime stand-up comic Adams' solid-enough debut plumbs the depths of serial-killer and bitchy-teen psychology in alternating chapters of back story that trade off with Ruth's present-tense narration of her harrowing experience. Ruth is a strong character, but her nickname fits, and even in extremis she may be more unlikable than sympathetic. Several high-adrenaline set pieces dot this at-times improbable and repetitive thriller. A between-books read for avid fans of survival fiction and serial-killer tales. (Thriller. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2015

    Gr 9 Up-Written in alternating first- and third-person points of view, this nail-biter will instantly catapult readers into a thriller that is equal parts suspense and horror. This is a the tale of a young woman who becomes the victim of an acquaintance abduction. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse in a remote, wooded area and the struggle for survival. Adams adeptly creates an emotional roller coaster through her vivid writing and the constant tension between the protagonists. Spliced with flashback vignettes, the work horrifies as much as it asks readers to examine the root causes of the very things that drive the characters' decision-making. Ruth and her "Wolfman" nemesis are sure to elicit myriad emotions. While the vignettes serve their purpose of explaining why the events are occuring, they add a degree of choppiness to an otherwise well-written, fast-paced work. VERDICT Recommended as a first purchase for fans of contemporary psychological thrillers for teens.-Tamela Chambers, Chicago Public Schools

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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