The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan


The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan is a thrilling mystery that delves into the life of Detective Cormac Reilly when a case from his past comes back to haunt him. After moving to a small town, Reilly finds himself working on the cold cases, until a familiar, supposedly simple, case lands on his desk.

It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel as the writing is very strong and the author demonstrates a clear compassion for her characters with which readers easily identify. Not only do we empathise with the protagonist's struggles but we come to understand the motives-sinister or otherwise-of all of the players in the complex and twisted game. The action unfolds over the course of a week and through the narrative the author builds the characters by interchanging past and present, providing insight into their minds and decisions. Reilly is a deft detective and quickly follows the leads once they reveal themselves, providing a good pace for the book's 400 pages. This is an exciting first novel, and it will be thrilling to see what McTiernan places on Detective Reilly's desk for the second book in the series.



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