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The Ruin

The Ruin

‘As moving as it is fast-paced’ VAL McDERMID
Spectacularly good’ MARIAN KEYES
A compelling story with beautifully drawn characters’ LAURA MARSHALL

*****

February 1993
On his first week on the job, Garda Cormac Reilly responds to a call at a decrepit country house to find two silent, neglected children waiting for him – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lies dead upstairs.

March 2013
Twenty years later, Cormac has left his high-flying career as a detective in Dublin and returned to Galway. 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 the woman’s death so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?

Dervla McTiernan’s powerful debut The Ruin draws us into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t – or won’t. Perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Tana French and Susie Steiner.

*****

Praise for THE RUIN:

Brilliantly crafted . . . incredibly real-feeling characters. An absolute treat!’ SUNDAY MIRROR

‘An exciting new voice in Irish noir‘ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy … as moving as it is fast-paced’ VAL McDERMID

‘Loved THE RUIN by Dervla McTiernan. A compelling story with beautifully drawn characters I really cared about’ LAURA MARSHALL,

Absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot’ IRISH EXAMINER

‘Heartbreaking and heart-stopping’ CAZ FREAR

‘THE RUIN is as convincing as it is multi-layered, as compelling as it is complex . . . Dervla is a future star of the genre CHRIS BROOKMYRE

‘Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan’s expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden’ KAREN DIONNE

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! ALEX GRAY

‘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’ SAM BLAKE

‘Intelligent, compassionate and believable’ SINEAD CROWLEY
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 8th March 2018

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780751569292

Reviews

A very fine novel . . . excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad
Marian Keyes
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!
Caz Frear
Absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot
Irish Examiner
Brilliantly crafted . . . incredibly real-feeling characters. An absolute treat!
Sunday Mirror
An exciting new voice in Irish noir
Sunday Times (Crime Club)
A crime writer of promise
RTE Guide
Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan's expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden
Karen Dionne
Intelligent, compassionate and believable
Sinead Crowley
An absorbing tale
Irish Times
I can't wait to read the next one . . . a star crime writer is born!
Books Ireland
Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... as moving as it is fast-paced
Val McDermid
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!
Alex Gray
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
Chris Brookmyre
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
Sam Blake
Bravo! The Ruin is a terrific read!
Liz Nugent

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