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The Ritual Paperback – February 14, 2012
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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
“'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.” ―Publishers Weekly – Starred Review
“A spine-tingling tale of one man's survival in a truly horrific realm.” ―Suspense Magazine
About the Author
Adam Nevill (aka Adam L. G. Nevill) was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the supernatural horror novels Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days, House of Small Shadows, No One Gets Out Alive, and Lost Girl. In 2012, 2013 and 2015 his novels were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. The Ritual and Last Days were also awarded Best in Category: Horror, by R.U.S.A. Adam lives in Devon, England, and can be contacted through adamlgnevill.com.
Top customer reviews
This is definitely a horror. It's filled with such desperation, sorrow, rage, uncertainty and death. It's not a gore-focused book which i thoroughly appreciate. It gives you the feeling of constant fear. Constant insecurity. Constant nightmare.
If you like reading well-written, deep and nail-biting stories, this is a must.
However, at the halfway point the book takes an abrupt turn into the bizarre, and the pace of the book utterly stalls for over a hundred pages. Interesting characters are replaced by insane; meaningful dialogue swapped for nonsensical; and the description--so fine tuned in the beginning--becomes severely bloated, to the point that I was unable to connect emotionally with anything. One particular scene in the attic, which in concept was deliciously creepy, drags on with repetitive and clumsy description. There's a sentence that reads, "One of her small arms then withdrew from his belly that she pushed at." The reader learns that she was pushing the character's stomach after she stops pushing it, for some inexplicable reason.
Things come together well in the final act, and as a whole, I came out happy that I read this book. The beginning was so strong that I still get that good, shivery feeling thinking about it, but the book as a whole doesn't feel cohesive, and it could more editing for clarity's sake.
The story is so solidly grounded in the reality of four friends lost in a Boreal forest, that by the time weird things start happening, you are utterly entranced and fully bought into their precarious situation, their small bits of in-fighting and their utter terror at being lost.
Nevill writes with a convincing contemporary verisimilitude, and a sense of care for his characters that is sadly all too often lacking in contemporary horror, and that makes you feel their every shudder, grieve their every loss, and strive for their every triumph.
In the small careful nuances of his story, Nevill makes you believe, and believe utterly what is happening to his characters -- both in their inner lives, and the extreme conditions they are suffering.
The story begins when a group of old friends take a wrong turn in a deep, dark Scandinavian forest. Not so bad at first, but it's rainy, foggy, dank, and hard. The bonds that tie them together are gradually fraying as the physical conditions harden and lock around them, and they have few options to get out of the forest safe and sound.
Then, just as things look dark, it appears they are being stalked, but by what? (I should point out that because Nevill writes in such a convincing fashion, this never feels hackneyed or overwrought, just matter of fact, like a bear in Alaska).
However, the story keeps the adrenaline moving, as first one and then another is injured, and then their leader is.... You know what, I'm not going to give away this critical plot point here.
Suffice it to say that I thought the story was a "chase in the forest" story, and then -- startlingly -- I turned the page to PART 2, where the story takes a hard right turn into a different kind of tale, yet just as entrancing, just as terrifying, and even more strange.
Brilliant work, Nevill, and hard to carry off -- yet he makes it look so, so easy, and fluid.
A great new horror writer, and tops on my list!
Highly, highly recommended!
Most recent customer reviews
Read it before the film! Thorough character development and haute tension. Ecstatic final paragraph and cathartic conclusion. Perfect.