Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.

All too soon cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?

The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.


"A compelling psychological thriller presents a vulnerable girl on the brink of madness...Collomore supplies enough clues for astute readers to guess what's going on, but she builds the suspense from Annie's viewpoint until readers will be flipping through the pages...this story unwinds as a corker of a read with an unreliable, or perhaps not, narrator. Gripping stuff."—Kirkus, starred review

"Mary Poppins meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, this suspenseful story draws readers in and thrills with roller coaster-like shifts. Here, Collomore blends just enough suspense and romance to make a great read."—Children's Literature

"Reminiscent of Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw, nothing is as it appears, keeping the reader guessing until the final page. This novel will find a wide and eager audience, lending itself well to book discussions groups."—VOYA