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"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
Publishers Weekly – Starred Review:
“And on the second day things did not get better.” This suitably foreboding opening sentence sets the stage for a dark and mesmerizing horror debut that riffs on Algernon Blackwood’s classic story “The Wendigo.” Hutch, Luke, Dom, and Phil set off on a camping trip in the forests of Sweden, only to find the woods hostile to their explorations. Tensions arise when it becomes clear that two of the party aren’t physically up to the challenges of navigating the rough terrain, and fears set in with the discovery of an eviscerated “thing” hanging higher up in a tree then any animal would place it. Nevill makes the natural world deeply menacing, using the power of suggestion rather than explicit images to create a growing claustrophobic feeling as the difficult journey to return to some semblance of civilization embeds the quartet only further in the grasp of primal evil.
"A spine-tingling tale of one man’s survival in a truly horrific realm." - Suspense Magazine
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.
I could see how every scene would be filmed and made into one of the new "found footage" films that are popular now. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Carol Forrest
In a lifetime of reading horror fiction, this is one of the best and most satisfying books I've ever encountered, so much so that I've read it three times and will almost certainly... Read morePublished 23 days ago by John Brocato
Just enough suspense. Great description of gore. Felt like I was in the scene. Very well done first Adam Neville Novell. Will read his books in the future.Published 1 month ago by pat
Like other reviewers, I was absorbed completely into the beginning of this book but towards the middle I became a little disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joiroy
As a long time fan of horror fiction, I am always looking for something fresh and new; work that will strike a chord of fear in me as it once did when I was a child. Read morePublished 2 months ago by 1982dmcdelorean
I didn't even remember putting this on my Kindle but I can see why I did and was great because I didn't remember what it was to be about. Nevill is a good writer for starters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R2L
The first half of this story was creepy, suspenseful, and mysterious! I devoured each word in desperation to find what these four guys would encounter next. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leevora
until I made the purchase and got to chapter 12. Dreams started and I didn't get the author's writing style. I finally gave up. It's not anybody's fault... Read morePublished 2 months ago by LOVECarnations!