A very fine novel . . . excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad
I tore through The Ruin, desperate to unravel the mystery that Dervla so cleverly lays out. Heartbreaking and heart-stopping in equal measure, it's an incredibly well-crafted, complex tale and yet remarkably easy to read, such is the subtle brilliance of the plotting . . . Dervla maintains the suspense all the way through, yet never at the expense of plausibility. She's sure to become one of my go-to authors!
Absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot
Brilliantly crafted . . . incredibly real-feeling characters. An absolute treat!
An exciting new voice in Irish noir
A crime writer of promise
Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan's expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden
Intelligent, compassionate and believable
An absorbing tale
I can't wait to read the next one . . . a star crime writer is born!
Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... as moving as it is fast-paced
There are not many books that will keep me reading from start to finish but Dervla McTiernan's The Ruin did just that . . . An excellent story, very well written . . . this one was a winner for me!
Instantly hauling the reader into its permanently charged atmosphere, The Ruin is as convincing as it is multi-layered, as compelling as it is complex, and heralds the arrival of Dervla McTiernan as a future star of the genre
Loved every page. Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character, so real you can hear his footsteps on the stairs. Utterly gripping, brilliantly executed story. Serious contender for Irish Crime Novel of the Year
Bravo! The Ruin is a terrific read!