Danuta Kot: Life Ruins

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Life Ruins. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


In a small northern town, girls are disappearing.

You won’t see it in the papers and the police aren’t taking any notice, but the clues are there if you know where to look.

Becca sees that something is wrong, but she’s been labelled ‘difficult’ thanks to her troubled past. So when a girl is so savagely beaten she can’t be identified, and Becca claims she knows who she is, no one will believe her.

With the police refusing to listen, Becca digs for evidence that will prove what she is saying. But her search for justice will put herself and those closest to her in danger – and once she finds the truth, will anyone even listen?


I’ve never read anything by Danuta Kot before, but I will certainly do so again. I loved her writing style that took me so easily to the East Yorkshire Coast. The isolated villages and mountains added to the atmosphere. I could see that there were dangerous things around the corner and I wanted to know what they would be.

I found that Life Ruins was a very character driven novel. I really enjoyed getting to know Kay, Becca and Jared and felt sympathy for them all at certain times. I felt that Kot observed them really well which helped the reader relate to their challenging circumstances. 

Towards the end of the kipnovel, the tension increases massively and I was turning pages furiously trying to find out what would happen. I loved the way all the different elements of the story came together. 

Life Ruins is available from Amazon.

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