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
Ruin can mean destruction, or in Irish, rúin is a secret. There’s plenty of both in Dervla McTiernan’s assured debut. After leaving a distinguished career in Dublin, Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly has to navigate police politics and corruption in Galway. Things get worse when he finds a link between a recent murder and his very first case, one that has haunted him for 20 years. With its fast-paced plot and bundles of twists, The Rúin makes us excited to see where McTiernan takes her crime series next. This is a must-read for fans of Tana French.
McTiernan's powerful first novel has the authentic feel of its Irish setting. In 1993, police detective Cormac Reilly is called to a house in Kilmore, County Mayo, where he finds 15-year-old Maude Blake and her five-year-old brother, Jack, alive; in an upstairs bedroom lies the body of their alcoholic mother, dead of a drug overdose. In 2013, Jack's body turns up in a Galway river after an anonymous caller claims he saw Jack jump in. Jack's girlfriend, Aisling Conroy, is sadly willing to accept the obvious conclusion that it was suicide. But Maude, newly back from Australia, is convinced it was murder. Based on new information, Cormac investigates the now 20-year-old death of the mother, while Maude and Aisling try to figure out what actually happened to Jack, since the police seem unwilling to. Various other threads in the tightly woven plot lead to rape, child molestation, drug dealing, police corruption, and more murders. McTiernan neatly ties them all together in the suspenseful conclusion. McTiernan, born in Ireland but now living in Australia, is a writer to watch.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This is a new author for me, how fortunate to have come across her.
This story moves along nicely and has good twists and turns. The characters are well developed and for the reader you begin to become invested in the main characters, especially Cormac, Maud and Aisling.
I certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in a good detective story.
Enjoyed it so much, I bought her next one, The Scholar. Love the characters and the twists and turns told so simply and compellingly.
An Engrossing Page Turner
I’ve so loved reading all my life but have been despairing lately of finding a gripping read to absorb me and as such have been dipping out of books here and there. Well this book stopped that and I could not wait to be alone so that I could get back into the story to see where it would go.
With well written scenes that I could imagine and a plot that was totally believable you’ll want to put this on your must read list.
I’m off now to get book 2 The Scholar.