Ruin Beach (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.1 • 24 Ratings
    • $22.99

    • $22.99

Publisher Description

From the acclaimed author of Hell Bay.

The island of Tresco holds a dark secret someone will kill to protect.

Ben Kitto has become Deputy Commander in the Isles of Scilly Police. As the islands’ lazy summer takes hold, he finds himself missing the excitement of the murder squad in London. But when the body of professional diver Jude Trellon is discovered, anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, his investigative skills are once again needed.

At first it appears that the young woman’s death was a tragic accident, but when evidence suggests otherwise, the islanders close ranks. With even those closest to the victim refusing to talk, it seems that plenty of islanders had reason to harm her. As the community remains guarded, Ben Kitto discovers that terrible secrets lie beneath the waters around Tresco, and the killer may soon strike again.

Everyone is a suspect.

Nobody is safe.

Praise for Kate Rhodes:
'Kate Rhodes directs her cast of suspects with consummate skill, keeping us guessing right to the heartbreaking end. I'm a fan' Louise Candlish
'Evocative, immersive, twisty' Sarah Vaughan
‘A vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline’ Sophie Hannah, Daily Express
‘A pacy psychological thriller’ Laura Wilson, Guardian
'Kate writes so beautifully and with such an authentic sense of place. The whole book tingles with tension. I hope it does for the Scilly Isles what Ann Cleeves did for Shetland' Melanie McGrath
‘Both the plot and the writing keep one thoroughly engaged throughout’ Daily Mail
‘One of the most absorbing books I've read in a long time - perfectly thrilling’ Mel Sherratt
‘Gripping, clever and impossible to put down’ Erin Kelly
‘Rhodes does a superb job of balancing a portrayal of a tiny community oppressed by secrets with an uplifting evocation of setting’ Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
‘Expertly weaves a sense of place and character into a tense and intriguing story’ Metro
‘An enjoyably scary chiller’ Sunday Mirror
‘The pace never slackens from the first page to the last’ Rachel Abbott, author of Only the Innocent
‘Fast paced and harrowing, this gripping novel will leave you guessing until the end’ Bella
‘Great twists, turns and surprises’ Sun

Crime & Thrillers
Stephen Perring
hr min
21 February
Simon & Schuster UK

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Island of dead souls

3.5 stars

British. Former English teacher who published two award winning poetry collections before turning her hand to crime fiction, both standalone and detective series. Hell Bay (2018) was the first instalment of one based around a London DI who is traumatised by his experience in the murder squad and heads back to where he grew up - the Scilly Isles off Cornwall - only to be confronted by a closed room, closed island in fact, murder mystery. Ruin Beach (2019) is the sequel. Unbeknown to me until I sat down to write this review, Book 3 (Burnt Island 2019) and Book 4 (Pulpit Rock 2020) are also in print, or pixels.

In brief
Surprise, surprise, another closed room/island mystery. This time, a scuba diver is deep-sixed, and our boy learns a few more of the island's dark secrets as he sifts through suspects.

In my review of Hell Bay, I wrote that it "breaks no new literary ground," but "is line and length genre writing of the highest quality." Aren't I eloquent? The same could be said here, which is good if you're after more of the same, not so much if you're hankering for a new twist.

Bottom line
Half a star less from me this time around. Given the sparse population of the island, I'm surprised Ms Rhodes has managed to crank two more volumes. Surely everyone's dead by now.

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