The Ruin

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Mar 2018

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It has been twenty years since Cormac Reilly, as a young Garda, responded to a call where he found two neglected children in a decrepit house, their mother dead in the room upstairs. Now, the case comes back to haunt him as the younger of the children, Jack, is found in the river. The police say it's a suicide but Jack's sister is back in town and suspects that something more sinister might have occurred. 

The plot of The Ruin unites many different elements in a seamless way. Small-town politics within the police force drive the story in many directions while old cases provide a full and convincing backstory for the characters. 

This book was an engaging read from start to...

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The novel starts 1993 in a derelict old house in Mayo, Ireland. Cormac arrives to investigate a domestic but instead Cormac finds 2 children on their own and in a room upstairs Cormac find their dead mother.
The image of the two neglected children haunt Cormac. Twenty years later Cormac is in Galaway investigating cold cases and trying to work out the pecking order at the Mill Street Garda Station and who he can trust. Other detectives are investigating a murder and the Garda are dealing with the death of a young man.
While Cormac is trying to find out what is going on at the Garda Station Aisling, is striving to gain a training position as a paediatric surgeon and trying to prove she is...

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A wonderful new voice in crime fiction. Would make a great tv series. Genuine characters that hook you in from the first page. Loved it.
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This is actually a brilliant book for an author's debut, and if she can keep up the standard we are in for an excellent series!

I always like an Irish setting. This book begins in a dilapidated ruin in the Galway countryside, twenty years in the past, with a dead body and two damaged children and I was instantly gripped! Cormac McCarthy is the young Guard who has to deal with this situation and it comes back to haunt him twenty years later.

The mystery in this book was more the why than the who as it became increasingly obvious who was going to be responsible. Actually having guessed who the main culprit was the story became more tense . On more than one occasion I was saying things...

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**4.5 stars**
This is one of those slow burn books that takes you by surprise.
DI Comac Reilly has transferred to Galway, following his girlfriend for her job. He’s struggling to find his place in the new station, when he’s suddenly put on a cold case that happened twenty years ago and he was the young policeman that was first on the scene.
Aisling Conroy is a surgical resident, ambitious and hard working but life comes crashing down when her partner Jack is found in the local river, presumably a suicide. Then his sister Maude, who Aisling has never met shows up and Maude is sure that Jack has been murdered.
Are these two cases connected?
I found this book so easy to read, even though...

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‘I am reopening this case and I want you to run the investigation.’

Irishman Cormac Reilly remembers his first case as a new garda twenty years ago. He discovered the body of Hilaria Blake, dead of a drug overdose, in her home. Hilaria left behind a 15-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. Cormac Reilly has never forgotten them.

Aisling Conroy is a surgical resident, working hard to become a surgeon. She and her boyfriend Jack Blake are happy together. Aisling goes to sleep one morning after nightshift at the hospital, and when she wakes up Jack is not there. He doesn’t return home that night, and then the gardaí come knocking at the door. Jack’s been found dead in the River...

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This is the first thriller in a new compelling crime series set in Ireland. Cormac Reilly and his girlfriend Emma have moved from Dublin to Galway for Emma's work. This has meant Reilly has had to take a step down as a police detective and is given unsolved cold cases to investigate. Reilly struggles to fit in at the station and grapples with all the politics running around the office. An apparent suicide by Jack Black complicates things as Reilly recalls meeting Jack many years prior as a rookie investigating the death of Jack's mother. Jack's girlfriend and sister also attempt to push the investigation further believing Jack didn't commit suicide. From here there are...

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Surgical resident Aisling Conroy was happy with her life. Her desire to become a surgeon was within her grasp; her boyfriend Jack Blake was someone she knew she would spend the rest of her life with. The love they shared was deep and real. But after a long night in A&E, breakfast with Jack then waking late that afternoon to find Jack gone - not returning home overnight either - the knock on the door the next morning was a devastating shock. Aisling would not believe what the garda were telling her...

The fog of disbelief she still held at the funeral didn't lift - but when she learned Jack's sister Maude had turned up, she was shocked. Jack hadn't seen his sister in...

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3.75 stars. A really strong debut from McTiernan. Looking forward to the next O'Reilly installment.
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The first in a new series by a new Australian author, I will definitely be looking out for her next book. This was very different, set in Ireland, the story starts 20 years beforehand where new officer Comac Reilly finds two neglected children in a house with their dead mother. Ffast forward to the present day when DI Cormac Reilly is now investigating cold cases. A suicide of a young man and the reemergence of his long lost sister become somehow linked with Cormac and his case. I did get confused at times with the different characters, especially as one minute they were introduced by the first name, then being called by their surname, it took a bit to figure out who was who, but overall a...

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Book blurb...
Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget ... The stunning debut novel from your new favourite crime writer.
'The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem :a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with everypage clearly written from the heart' Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours.
Responding to a call that took him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly found two silent, neglected children - fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lay dead upstairs. Since then Cormac's had twenty high-flying years working as a detective in Dublin, and he's come back to...

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After a stellar twenty-five year career, culminating in the position of the detective sergeant leading the Special Detective Unit’s anti-terrorist section in Dublin, Cormac Reilly moves back to Galway with his partner, Emma, who has received a highly prestigious research grant. His new role is a step down. He expected to have to prove himself before he was accepted at Galway, but after four weeks of being sidelined to work alone on cold cases Cormac is beginning to feel frustrated.

Aisling, the second protagonist, is an interesting contrast to Cormac. She is a focused, 25 year old doctor in the process of applying for a position in a training program as a paediatric surgeon. She is...

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The Ruin is a gripping and well written novel. I could not put this book down, and resented any disturbance that took me away from it! The characters are well rounded and believable and the story line is enthralling. I am certainly looking forward to the next book in this series. Highly recommended. Thanks to Harper Collins Australia and NetGalley for the ARC.
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This is police detective story set in Galway, Ireland. While I have not been to Ireland yet, the author’s portrayal was exactly what I would expect - cold, wet and sometimes windy with warm retreats in front of fires and heaters.
It is an enthralling read that links a 1993 cold case with a sudden death in 2013. There is a lot of different threads in this story which centres around a very interesting police detective, Cormac Reilly who is methodical and thorough in his methods even when others are being chaotic around him.
It was easy to read and the story flowed, moving quickly so that it held my interest. A range of different twists added even more intrigue to the story line and there...

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Some of my favourite police procedurals have been set in Ireland, and this one is definitely in that category! What makes my heart sing is that it is only the start of a (hopefully long) series, and that the author is already working on a sequel.

What could be more intriguing than an old cold case with links to a current crime, especially when it tugs on your heartstrings, with the main characters being young children? I love novels that take you on a journey of discovery, one clue at a time, only ever knowing as much as the detective that leads the case – it makes the story so much more interesting than those where you already know the answers whilst the police are still completely in the...

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