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Publisher Description

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.

Crime & Thrillers
1 March
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

CrimsonSeven ,

Stories of the past are reflected in the future.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

It’s 2013 in Ireland, where a man commits suicide - but it’s not as it seems. Detective Cormac gets assigned and realises it’s the boy from his first assignment two decades ago. And from there, it gets complicated!

It’s a long thriller, full of detail and conversations that sound ‘about right’. The actions of the local police also sound about right. Either the author’s part of the system or they’ve done some great research. It’s got a number of sub-threads which add to the story keeping the reader involved.
A great story 4/5.

Lytle Loz ,

Well rounded

Great plot! You think the author is just “setting the scene” but they are giving you clues the whole way!

Seahome50 ,

Couldn’t stop reading...

This sort of book makes it hard for me to get some sleep. The suspense throughout the book is riveting.

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