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Publisher's Summary

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him 20 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, author of The Woman Who Stole My Life)

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-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.

©2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

"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)

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Fabulous!

The Ruin has me engrossed from the get-go. Well researched and so well written.

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Where’s the next one?

Fantastic first book. Lovely lilting Irish accent to go with a story I couldn’t put down.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Worst Australian accent since Meryl Streep did Lindy Chamberlain

The story is engaging: fast paced, believable, well drawn characters. But oh dear. I cannot believe this was ever released to the Australian market with the dreadful mangling of Maud’s lines. A resounding yuk.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cil
  • 31-03-2018

Intriguing from beginning to end

Great narrator. Excellent story that sucks you in and keeps you guessing. Strong characters. Looking forward to more in this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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superb story well read

McTiernan's debut novel is a superbly read by McMahon. Brilliantly written, McTiernan's style is detailed and comprehensive. I couldn't wait for opportunities to listen and hear the story unfold. I thoroughly recommend both writer and reader.

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Great narrator and engrossing story

What did you like most about The Ruin?

It was easy to follow but still complex enough to keep things interesting. Loved it from start to finish!

What about Aoife McMahon’s performance did you like?

The narrator was fantastic, her performance was spot on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Comedy!

This twisted tale has so many flaws it turns into a comedy of errors. So much of the plot rests on things that would not stand up in the real world. The Irish accent was fine. The Australian one was no good at all. I listened to it all on 1.25 just to crack through and get it over with.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great detective thriller

Really enjoyed this detective thriller. Bit heart breaking but a bit of a 'page turner'.

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Top narration

I could listen to Aoife all day long! She brings the characters to life, a wonderful story telling of well rounded, flawed individuals.

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Very slow and predictable

Found it very annoying when the narrator kept 'changing' voice for characters. Just read in a normal voice, most of us aren't 6 years old.

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  • Graham
  • 26-06-2018

Can't wait for her next book!

Loved it. Well written, neatly woven story threads, page turner, great narrator. Frustrated to find there is no second book in the series yet.

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  • Tara
  • 09-06-2018

Great first novel, can’t wait for the next one.

I really enjoyed this book, the story is great, loved the characters. The only jarring note is that the reader cannot do an Australian accent, it sounded like a garbled mixture of New Zealand and South African.