A very fine novel . . . excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad
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!
Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan's expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden
Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... as moving as it is fast-paced
An exciting new voice in Irish noir
A crime writer of promise
Brilliantly crafted . . . incredibly real-feeling characters. An absolute treat!
Intelligent, compassionate and believable
I can't wait to read the next one . . . a star crime writer is born!
An absorbing tale
Bravo! The Ruin is a terrific read!
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
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!
Absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot
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