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The Ruining is a psychological thriller with some mystery and romance thrown in. The main character Annie takes a job in San Francisco as a Nanny and find out that it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. She tries to go to school and thinks this is the best opportunity in the world but it ends up being disastrous. The woman who hires her is psychotic and manipulative. She is very controlling and drives Annie insane. Annie ends up locked in a mental institution. This was a great read. Annie was a strong character who just wanted to do what was right but she was young, naive and able to be taken advantage of easily. This is a good example of how easily an abuser can take control and ruin someone’s life without them even realizing what’s going on because it happens so gradually that by the time they get an inkling of what’s happening it’s too late. I felt so sorry for the children in this story, being a mom, my heart hurt every time the little girl was left alone or hurting. All in all, a great read. 4 stars.