The Ruin

the most addictive crime novel of 2018

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Pub Date 19 Feb 2018 | Archive Date 10 Mar 2018

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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 Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him.What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?

This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Jane Harper.

Available for Australian and New Zealand reviewers and booksellers only.

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget ... The stunning debut novel from your new...


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'The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem:a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with every page clearly written from the heart' Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours

'The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem:a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with every page clearly written from the heart' Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours


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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 working hard to prove herself to open the doors to her career. The weekend that she confirms her unplanned pregnancy, her partner, Jack, is found dead. Jack’s case is one of many being investigated in Galway. The initial evidence points to suicide. The police are reluctant to view it differently, even when Jack’s estranged sister suddenly appears, asking questions about the case and claiming it should be viewed as a murder investigation. Jack’s sister draws Aisling into a dangerous search to discover the truth about Jack’s death. Cormac also becomes suspicious about the case. He begins to sense a cover-up, particularly when he is forced to open a cold case that he attended twenty years ago. His investigation makes him question his initial findings, the integrity of some of the officers around him, and the current investigation into Jack’s death. There are surprising links between the two cases that create increasing intrigue until the ultimate unexpected conclusion. The Ruin is an enjoyable story with strong characters and lots of suspense. The two protagonists are an interesting contrast. Both are professional in highly competitive work forces. Aisling is at the beginning of her medical career and working hard to establish her place. Cormac had successfully worked his way up the ladder in the police force, stopping at the point where he realised a promotion would take him away from investigative work and into management and politics. As a result, he takes a posting that will support the work of his partner. This is reflective of current society where a couple consist of two people who both have strong careers and a highly skilled professional may choose to take a step down in their career to support their partner’s success. There are hints at the conflict within Cormac as periodically he wistfully considers the impact on his career and reminds himself of the fact that he willingly chose the transfer to support Emma. Both Cormac and Aisling refer to the constant brutal competition that they engage in at work. Cormac’s situation is amplified by his career choice as he tries to break into the tightly knit group at Galway. As a result, The Ruin is an interesting look at the internal politics of the police force and some of the tragic investigations that police commonly work on. It is also a highly engaging story that I would willingly read again.

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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 Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust? This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Jane Harper. My thoughts… Wow! I have the utmost respect this author. What a mind! What an imagination! She has written a riveting plot that is so deep and with multiple points of view, with differing versions of the truth, that as a reader I was totally hooked from the start. Every page has something to keep me in my seat and reading until one of the most powerful final scenes I've read in this genre in a very long time. There is so much going on in this novel. I read everywhere, every chance I got, desperate to solve the mysteries, both present and past. The author's note says she became attached to the main characters. It's a true indicator of the story telling skill of this author that she transferred that attachment to me. I loved The Ruin. A TOP READ and surely an award winner in 2018.

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