The Ruin is a stunning debut from Perth author, Dervla McTiernan (McTiernan moved to Perth from Ireland but we’re claiming her as our own).
Crime fiction is a relatively new reading genre for me but it’s one I find myself increasingly drawn to. The Ruin has all the hallmarks of a seasoned and talented crime writer. The complex story set in Ireland is told clearly with atmospheric writing and had me hooked from the outset.
McTiernan has empathy for the broken and twisted and cracks a compelling, chilling, and oh so real, storyline. DS Reilly is a detective determined to stay true to his own high standards of policing, but when he transfers to Galway he finds he has stumbled upon dark secrets and a haunting cold case from his early days as a detective.
The Ruin is unexpected–it tackles the dark history of modern Ireland and delivers a powerful and chilling tale skilfully executed by McTiernan. It’s hard to believe The Ruin is her first book.
Warning: this book will completely engross you and you may not suffer interruptions lightly!
Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty 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
‘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)
‘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
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.
- ISBN: 9781460754214
- ISBN 10: 1460754212
- Imprint: HarperCollins – AU
- On Sale: 19/02/2018
- Pages: 400
- List Price: 32.99 AUD
- BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Crime & mystery
My sincere thank you to Harper Collins Australia for this review copy.