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Publisher's Summary

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him 20 years to forget.... The most addictive crime fiction debut of 2018.

"The Ruin is spectacularly good. So confident...excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad." (Marian Keyes, author of The Woman Who Stole My Life)

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead.

Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart? As he navigates his way through police politics and the ghosts of the past, Detective Reilly uncovers shocking secrets and finds himself questioning who among his colleagues he can trust.

What really did happen in that house where he first met Maude and Jack? The Ruin draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't.

©2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Dervla McTiernan's first novel outclasses some of the genre's stalwarts making her a crime writer to watch...fans of Ian Rankin and Tana French will feel right at home." (Bookseller + Publisher)

"The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem: a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists." (Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Fabulous!

The Ruin has me engrossed from the get-go. Well researched and so well written.

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  • Linda
  • 04-01-18

Where’s the next one?

Fantastic first book. Lovely lilting Irish accent to go with a story I couldn’t put down.

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  • Susan Dunn
  • 03-30-18

superb story well read

McTiernan's debut novel is a superbly read by McMahon. Brilliantly written, McTiernan's style is detailed and comprehensive. I couldn't wait for opportunities to listen and hear the story unfold. I thoroughly recommend both writer and reader.

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  • Cil
  • 03-31-18

Intriguing from beginning to end

Great narrator. Excellent story that sucks you in and keeps you guessing. Strong characters. Looking forward to more in this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-18

Comedy!

This twisted tale has so many flaws it turns into a comedy of errors. So much of the plot rests on things that would not stand up in the real world. The Irish accent was fine. The Australian one was no good at all. I listened to it all on 1.25 just to crack through and get it over with.

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  • Kathrine
  • 03-29-18

Great narrator and engrossing story

What did you like most about The Ruin?

It was easy to follow but still complex enough to keep things interesting. Loved it from start to finish!

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The narrator was fantastic, her performance was spot on.

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  • Annette gray
  • 04-23-18

Worst Australian accent since Meryl Streep did Lindy Chamberlain

The story is engaging: fast paced, believable, well drawn characters. But oh dear. I cannot believe this was ever released to the Australian market with the dreadful mangling of Maud’s lines. A resounding yuk.

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  • steellyn
  • 04-24-18

Gripping

I read a lot and have for a long time but I could not anticipate where this one was going. However, when the twists came, they made sense and was not at all contrived. Great characters. Well performed with the narration adding to the excellent experience of this book. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-18

Well written and narrated

This was a pleasure to listen to thanks to the author’s skill in allowing characters to develop through the impressions left by actions, dialogue and differing perspectives which were nuanced believable and artfully juxtaposed. The narration was beautifully paced with the accents and delivery being very true to character. Even Maude’s Australian/Irish accent was immediately believable well before it is revealed she has spent 20 years in the Kimberley. And the variety of Irish accents were a real pleasure to listen to. Thank you.

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  • Steph
  • 04-19-18

Most enjoyable book

I thoroughly enjoyed The Ruin, both the story and narration. This story was very involving and evolved beautifully. I appreciated that there was no horrifying language or overt sex, just catching you into the story and relying on the story to make you want to read it , to enthral you and take you along with it. I highly recommend this book.