The Top Ten fiction bestseller and critically acclaimed crime debut featuring everyone's favourite new detective, Cormac Reilly
'The Ruin is spectacularly good. So CONFIDENT ... excellently written and, at times, heartachingly sad' Marian Keyes
'Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... as moving as it is fast-paced' Val McDermid
'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 (4.5 stars)
Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - fifteen-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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mingling dark family drama with a compassionate police procedural, Dervla McTiernan's debut, The Ruin, hooked us immediately for this series. Narrator Aoife McMahon's lilt brought us right into the head of Irish-born McTiernan, as well as the world of her protagonist, Galway detective Cormac Reilly. As a fledgling officer in 1993, he was faced with a deeply troubling family trauma, and 20 years on, its spectre gives him grave doubts about a present-day supposed suicide. This tight-knit thriller is full of prickly ethical questions and difficult relationships that had us totally invested start to finish.
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Wonderful story and superbly read! I’m really happy to have made this my first audiobook purchase.
Well done to all involved
Excellent. Captivated from beginning to end. Thanks.