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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312641849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641849
  • ASIN: 0312641842
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A mind-twisting journey into the dark backwoods of terror. Deeply disturbing and absolutely riveting. (Jonathan Maberry)

A book which preys on our most basic, instinctive fears, then amplifies them ten-fold. A desperate, intense descent into the depths of somewhere unimaginably ancient and unspeakably evil. (David Moody)

A spine-tingling tale of one man's survival in a truly horrific realm. (Suspense Magazine)

About the Author

Adam L. G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. The Ritual is his first novel to be published in the U.S. His book Last Days won the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel of the Year.

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Except it seemed like it would never end.
Jacqueline
This is the first book in quite a while that has made me feel I was with the characters from the begining to end.
Dirk
It's been about six months since I read this book for the second and a half time.
Ginger Nuts of Horror

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By fastreader on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the middle of a Swedish forest we find four lads from England who have been waiting for 6 months now to go off on a little outdoor adventure and renew their earlier friendships that have grown dull through everything else in our lives.

They are not too far into their adventure when they come across a strange site. Someone, a hunter, has hung a dead animal body in the trees. Could it be some sort of gag or warning. The foursome don't know and they don't stick around to find out.

Unfortunately walking around the woods without a GPS unit and just a map is for fools or good characters in a horror story.

In the middle of a major storm, and soaked from head to tail, they run into an old locked cabin that offers shelter from the storm. But after breaking in they discover this is one weird cabin. All over the walls are animal skulls and crosses. When they go upstairs they find some sort of stuffed animal and bones. The bones appear to be animal but may in fact be human. So the next morning they are off again to find their way out of the forest.

One by one the friends disappear until we are down to the last friend who we experience everything that happens to him through his eyes.

A very well developed sense of fear and trepidation makes this a book that you may read all in one night, and into the next morning.

I thought I had parts of it figured out as I went along but the author is always able to put a new twist on the story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stella on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Parts of The Ritual are excellent. Unfortunately, other parts of it are not. The book starts with four friends on a hiking trip in the Norwegian wilderness. Out of shape and out of their depth, they decide to take a short cut and, well, you can see where this is going. The first half of the book delivers all the spine-chilling action you’d expect from Adam Nevill, but then the pace changes abruptly. All the tension that the first half of the book did such a great job building up gets broken, and the story turns into a long subplot before finally getting back on track a few pages before the book ends.

The problem I have with this book is with that subplot in the second half. I say subplot, but it actually takes up most of the second half and is basically a collection of dreary “satanic panic” cliches. Worse, it destroys the book’s atmosphere and doesn’t add anything to the narrative.

Essentially, The Ritual seems to be two different books stuck together. One of those books is quite good, but the other one appears to have been written by Tipper Gore during a bout of particularly inane and incoherent hysteria.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
36 stars!!!

I was totally engrossed in this book from the first sentences. A graphic, gory, terribly suspenseful, tense, horrifying, mystery-adventure-horror-untangling of emotional revelations, this novel riveted me completely. I so wanted to stay up all night to finish it! The compulsion to know "who's next" and "what's going on," "why oh why is this happening," and "is there inexplicably a human cause-or is this truly all Supernatural?" kept me turning pages nearly at the speed of light.

Mr. Nevill is a fine writer-I enjoyed his "Apartment 16," but "The Ritual" in my opinion surpasses it, both for superbness of writing, for characterisations, and for sheer unmitigated terror. (Make no mistake, "Apartment 16" is very scary!) In "The Ritual," the lives of four former collegiate friends, now in their mid-thirties, are peeled down quite literally to matters of survival-who will, who won't, will any, survive? "The Ritual" is an actual "page-turner," and refuses to be set aside. Even if one puts the book down, the story line will linger in the mind, demanding one's attention.

I cannot rave highly enough about this novel! So I am off to read the author's "Banquet of the Damned," and count the days till the 2013 publication of his newest novel, "Last Days."

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Nuts of Horror on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's always been a happy day at Ginger Nut Towers when an Adam Nevill book gets cracked open. Adam is one of handful of British authors who everybody whether they are a fan of horror or not should read. His novels, whether they be about Witchcraft in St Andrews, ( that's how I first discovered Adam, setting a book in my home town is always a sure fire way of getting me to pick it up), or a brilliant take on the haunted house genre, Nevill never fails to bring a fresh and terrifying perspective to the genre. With the Ritual, Adam Nevill delivers his most chilling and frightening novel to date.

Four middle aged university friends Luke, Dom, Phil, and Hutch, decide to go camping in Sweden. What is with middle aged men, do we never learn, did these guys not see Deliverance, this sort of adventure is never going to turn out well. After only a few scant days it's clear that two of the group are just not up to the arduous task of the hike, so they decide to take a short cut in the hope they can make it back home before Dom and Phil collapse.

As is want in these sort of book this was a bad idea. The discovery of an old creepy cottage, neolithic grave markers and the corpse of an animal strung high up in the trees, soon has the gang realising that not all is well in this far from enchanted forest.

What makes this book work so well, is the fact the Adam, has created a book that works on so many levels, yes we have this brilliant creature hunting our unhappy campers, but he has also created an amazing landscape that in itself is almost as scary as the creature. Just imagine being lost in some ancient forest, days from even the barest traces of humanity.
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