- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (July 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143133128
- ISBN-13: 978-0143133124
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Ruin: A Novel Paperback – July 3, 2018
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
An Amazon Best Book of July 2018: Dervla McTiernan is an author whose star is on the rise. Her debut, The Ruin, reminded me of Tana French’s novels, and I think others will find the comparison apt. The Ruin begins with a young policeman responding to a call at a dilapidated house in Ireland. Two children are living in squalor and he finds their mother dead from an apparent overdose. Twenty years later a reported suicide leads Detective Cormac Reilly back to that same crime scene, and the children he’s never quite been able to forget. The Ruin is filled with questionable recollections, red herrings, and characters that get under your skin. As the case goes on, the mysteries surrounding the two deaths become enmeshed with the claustrophobia of small town history and corruption. There are many threads to McTiernan’s tale, and that can sometimes get in the way of a satisfying conclusion, but in the end, when McTiernan pulls those threads taut, it becomes clear that she had a master plan all along. A gritty, tense, and calculated mystery, The Ruin left me eager for Cormac Reilly’s next case.--Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review
Shortlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2018
Named one of LitHub's Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers of Summer 2018
“Addictive . . . The Ruin, set in Ireland, follows detective Cormac Reilly as he reopens an investigation from twenty years ago. He’s determined to connect Hilaria Blake’s overdose in the past to her son Jack’s recent death. Get invested now, because there are at least two more Cormac Reilly books coming in the future.”
“A gripping mystery set in Galway that spans twenty years. It’s a complicated page-turning story that touches on corruption, clandestine cover-ups, and criminal conspiracy. . . . A story that’s as moving as it is fast-paced.”
—Daily Mail (London)
“This searing debut brings together procedural and psychological thriller for a fascinating portrait of small-town Ireland and its big-city problems. Addiction, suicide, corruption, and desperation all play their part in this intricate, unsettling noir. Ireland’s experiencing an incredible new wave of women crime writers, spearheaded by the indomitable Tana French, and Dervla McTiernan is a fine new addition to a growing scene.”
“Dervla McTiernan’s deliciously complicated police procedural The Ruin begins when a young man jumps to his death from a bridge in Galway, Ireland—or does he? His girlfriend doesn’t think Jack took his life, and neither does the detective who knew him from another case twenty years earlier. But the harder they dig for answers, the farther the truth recedes, and the more complicated and dangerous their investigation becomes. Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan’s expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden.”
—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
“The Ruin is dark and compelling, with the satisfaction of a police procedural and the atmosphere of a gothic mystery. I was gripped by it, and by the complicated, resourceful characters of Aisling and Maude.”
—Flynn Berry, author of Under the Harrow
“Powerful . . . McTiernan neatly ties [the threads of the novel] all together in the suspenseful conclusion. McTiernan, born in Ireland but now living in Australia, is a writer to watch.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-4 of 110 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I did not like how Cormac was simultaneously working on 2 cases in the book. I found the parts that were about Jake and Maude Blake interesting, and the parts about his other investigation seemed disjointed and confusing. Sometimes I started a chapter thinking we were talking about one case and in fact realised a couple of pages later that it wasn’t that case!
In terms of the characters I found it difficult to connect to any of them. Cormac seemed… dull. His character was supposed to be a really smart, really on-the-ball detective but in this particular case he seemed completely at a loss most of the time and couldn’t put the pieces together until the book was nearly over. I was actually starting to anticipate that he and Emma would break-up their relationship because they seemed to never see each other and never have time to do anything together. But that didn’t happen, and I think perhaps had the author given a little more attention to his personal life it would’ve made it easier to connect with him. Aisling was possibly the most annoying character, she couldn’t make her mind up about anything and every chapter that revolved around her was difficult and painful to read. The things that she had to say in light of Jake’s death seemed to suggest how much she cared for him and loved him, but for some reason the feeling just didn’t come across. Maude was probably my favourite character, but even then I wanted the author to delve deeper into her character’s layers, and that just didn’t happen.
I’m sad to say that I probably won’t be purchasing the next book in the series when it comes out.
The story has an intricate plot and many characters, so many, in fact, that I had to flip back pages to keep them straight. This confusion on my part took me out of the story somewhat. I also found the second half of the novel dragged a little, but it did deliver an exciting climax. Overall, this is a good police/procedural/mystery that is best read in a few sittings rather than in interrupted readings.
The bad news is that it isn’t going to be released until March, 2019. Sigh...
It’s a very engrossing book for an experienced author, let alone a debut novel. The hero of the novel, Cormac Reilly, is a fairly senior detective in the anti-terrorist unit in the big city of Dublin, who realises that the elite unit is about to be considerably downsized, and applies for a transfer to the small town of Galway, partly to accompany his partner, who has been awarded a 3 million Euro grant to lead a research project.
He’s assigned to lead the cold case investigation unit. He’s worried that even after a month in the new job, his colleagues treat him as a pariah. Even an old friend’s behaviour worries him. And then his superior assigns a 20 year old death for him to investigate. One he investigated in his first week as a policeman, and recommended that it ought to be investigated further, but was told that to bury it.
The author introduces Google Timeline as an anachronism in order to advance the plot (the novel was set in 2013, and Timeline was introduced in 2015) because, as the author notes in the afterword, she needed some way for one of the characters to track the movements of her partner before he’d been murdered (and declared, wrongly, by the police to have committed suicide). And being able to find his iPhone on a walking track in a National Park.
I’m not certain whether that would have worked. I have been trying Timeline for the past few days (albeit on an iPod ), and today it had me walking to the middle of Lake Monger in Perth despite actually being on a train 500 metres to the East.
It’s a very good read.
The Ruin is a compelling mystery set in Ireland which intertwines two separate crimes committed across a 20 year span. Detective Reilly's instincts tell him there is more to these two cases than the apparent suicide. Cormac's character has some history which followed him from Dublin to the small town of Galway. Galway has a history as well and there are rumors of corruption within the force making Cormac's job more difficult. This novel was and engaging read which I enjoyed over a leisurely few days. I was very excited to see that this is the first book in the Cormac Reilly series and am looking forward to reading the future novels in this series.