The Ruin

The Ruin

By Dervla McTiernan

  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Genre : Crime & Thrillers
  • FIle Size : 1.08 MB
Score: 4.5
From 202 Ratings
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The Ruin The Top Ten fiction bestseller and critically acclaimed crime debut featuring everyone's favourite new detective, Cormac Reilly
'The Ruin is spectacularly good. So CONFIDENT ... excellently written and, at times, heartachingly sad' Marian Keyes

'Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... as moving as it is fast-paced' Val McDermid

'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 (4.5 stars)

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - fifteen-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.


  • The Ruin

    By Sue Says
    I just wished this book was longer! But then perhaps I just read it very fast because I enjoyed it so much.
  • Good read

    By 2013aq
    Interesting storyline and kept my interest. I would recommend
  • The Ruin

    By AnnaO'H
    Really enjoyed this book, In fact almost read it in one go. Ok forward to the next one!
  • An outstanding read

    By Redruffles
    Chosen for our book club, everyone was enthralled. Well written, creative and most of all realistic. You could imagine the characters and feel their emotions. We all are looking forward to the next instalment. Congratulations on a wonderful novel.
  • The Ruin

    By Nonny54
    Brilliantly written, captivating plots keep you interested to the end. Loved this book
  • The Ruin

    By AdoniHawaii
    Thoroughly enjoyed, a good yarn, lots of twists and turns plus topical. Waiting for number two!
  • A great read

    By MMR1267
    This is just a lovely piece of crime fiction. Well-written, well paced, with an engaging story and characters. If you liked The Dry then I think you'll enjoy this.
  • The Ruin

    By McBraith
    A very enjoyable book. Will definitely be reading the next.
  • The Ruin

    By Marian2018*
    I heard about the book on ABC radio - It lived up to the excellent reviews it had received - great plot characters & read👍👍👍👍👍👍
  • You must read this book

    By TammieR08
    This was an amazing and compelling read!! Cannot recommend it enough. “A must read”. So excited for 2019 for the next instalment. Well done Dervla.