The Ruin

The Ruin

It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind... When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he...

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Title:The Ruin
Author:Dervla McTiernan
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Ruin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:380 pages pages

The Ruin Reviews

  • Josh
    Mar 17, 2018
    This police procedural set in mostly in Galway, Ireland introduces new series protagonist Cormac Reilly; a smart and dedicated Guard who isn't afraid to go against the grain to solve a case - even if it means investigating his colleagues. The Ruin is a story of two tales intertwine...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    May 09, 2018
    4? ?The truism that a lawyer should never ask a question to which he did not already know the answer did not apply to detectives. If anything the opposite rule applied. You had a plan going into every interrogation, but sometimes it was best to follow your instinct,? Ireland?...
  • Canadian Reader
    Nov 29, 2018
    Rating: 2.5 An apparently happy young man (with a very sad childhood, which he seems to have put behind him) appears to have committed suicide. His sister and his girlfriend come to believe that he was actually murdered, but the Galway Garda are strangely reluctant to investigate. S...
  • Brenda
    Mar 07, 2018
    Surgical resident Aisling Conroy was happy with her life. Her desire to become a surgeon was within her grasp; her boyfriend Jack Blake was someone she knew she would spend the rest of her life with. The love they shared was deep and real. But after a long night in A&E, breakfast w...
  • Dem
    May 20, 2018
    Refreshing and Back to basics well constructed crime novel that is believable and entertaining. A cracking good read for those who enjoy crime / mystery novels. The Ruin is a debut novel by Dervla McTiernan and what a complex and fast paced novel set in Galway. I rarely read crime ...
  • Ammar
    Jul 12, 2018
    Really interesting written debut A crime Cold crime The past and the present A mother with a needle in her arm The kids... alone and unkempt The future What happens to them The present A crime Murder or suicide The Garda come in and check things out Will they fix...
  • Sue
    Nov 23, 2018
    I have a new mystery series to follow now that I?ve read Dervla McTiernan?s first novel, The Ruin. As the author tells us in a note before the novel begins, The title of my book can be read in English, or can be given its Irish meaning. In Irish, Ruin means something hidde...
  • carol.
    Nov 18, 2018
    For a first book, this was amazing. However, in the grand scheme of unsolved crime, police procedural and historical mysteries, this left something to be desired. After thinking on it, I think it was because the author attempted too much. Impressive, mind you. But rather than doing a e...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 25, 2018
    In 1993, Cormac is a young Garda, called to the scene of a possible domestic. Inside a dilapadated house he finds two young children. Maude, fifteen and Jack only five, both paifully thin. In an upstairs bedroom he finds a dead woman, with the needle still stuck in her arm. Fast forwar...
  • Susanne Strong
    Nov 11, 2018
    4 Stars. Cormac Reilly is a young PO when he is directed to Maude and Jack Blake?s house one evening. He is unprepared when he finds their mother, Hilaria Blake dead, upstairs. The little boy Jack, has bruises all over his body and is clinging to his older sister Maude, who is mal...
  • Brenda
    Dec 09, 2018
    DS Cormac Reilly has just recently transferred from Dublin to Galway to follow his love to her new position. It was a step down from his previous position, and the staff in Galway were not welcoming. Cormac has only been given cold cases to work. It is refreshing to have a main charact...
  • Susan
    Apr 21, 2018
    This is a very promising start to a new crime series. Cormac Reilly is a young Garda, or police officer, when he is sent out to a call. When he arrives at the crumbling country house, he finds a mother dead of what appears to be a drug overdose and two children alone. Maude is fifteen,...
  • Malia
    Sep 02, 2018
    I'd heard a lot of buzz surrounding this book, and I'm happy to say it is warranted. The protagonist is engaging and likable with just enough of a rough edge to make him interesting. The story held my attention from start to finish and the writing and the scene-setting were perfect. Re...
  • Ingrid
    Mar 24, 2018
    Ruin is Irish for secret. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I just cannot get my head around it being a debut! The story has a fast pace and is very well built up. Cormac Reilly is sympathetic and straight forward. I'm very enthousiastic and very sorry that I have to wait till March 20...
  • Phrynne
    Mar 20, 2018
    This is actually a brilliant book for an author's debut, and if she can keep up the standard we are in for an excellent series! I always like an Irish setting. This book begins in a dilapidated ruin in the Galway countryside, twenty years in the past, with a dead body and two damage...
  • Linda
    Jan 16, 2019
    "The line was there for a reason. It mattered. It had to be respected, no matter how hard that was." Dervla McTiernan takes us to the west of Ireland where footsteps have crossed back and forth into the forbidden and into the unspoken. Time bends back into the long ago with conseque...
  • Jenny
    May 24, 2018
    The Ruin is book 1 of Cormac Reilly series by Dervla McTiernan. When his partner Emma offered a great job in Galway, and Detective Reilly decided to leave Dublin and follow Emma back to Galway. When Detective Sergeant Reilly started his new role at Mill Street Garda Station, his first ...
  • Cphe
    Jun 07, 2018
    An interesting premise to this Irish mystery/police procedural. The sins of the past come back to haunt the present day. Many of the characters in this novel are damaged souls in some form or another. Events build slowly over the course of the novel until we find out who the perpetrat...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    Aug 25, 2018
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com A tale of family, love, loyalty, protection, secrets, murder and the past all culminate to produce the highly praised debut novel from Dervla McTiernan, The Ruin. The double meaning title attached to this novel gives it an extraordinary edge and ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Aug 26, 2018
    Oh my word, The Ruin was completely wonderful in a heart wrenching, often traumatic but always utterly compelling way. Gorgeous gorgeous writing, an incredibly atmospheric sense of place and some amazingly authentic characters make this an absolute must read. I fell for Cormac within ...
  • Faith
    Jul 05, 2018
    Set in 2013, this is the first book of a new series featuring Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly who has recently moved to Galway from Dublin in order to be with his girlfriend Emma. His new colleagues are not exactly welcoming and it seems to go beyond the usual hazing of the new guy. T...
  • Carolyn
    Mar 20, 2018
    After some 20y of building up his career in elite units, working on some of the biggest cases in Dublin, DS Cormac Reilly has moved back to Galway where his career began so that his partner can further her scientific career. Now he finds himself the new boy in the office, consigned to ...
  • Sandy
    Aug 21, 2018
    Another gem off the TBR pile. This author's debut is a compelling, character driven story that kind of sneaks up on you. If you're a fan of car chases & shootouts, look elsewhere. It's a slow burner with an edge that subtly builds tension as you become fully invested in the charact...
  • Bianca
    May 26, 2018
    I just love it when a novel lives up to the hype. The Ruin was a very satisfying read - steady, engaging and very atmospheric. Garda Cormac Reilly (I love his name) was an interesting character, whom I hope to get to know better in the second novel. McTiernan weaved a compelli...
  • Mandy White
    Jan 11, 2019
    That was so good, why did it take me so long to read it! Looking forward to reading the next book already. Great story and characters. ...
  • Paromjit
    Mar 10, 2018
    This is the first in the DI Cormac Reilly series set in Galway, Ireland. Reilly is trying to find his feet at the police station, after having moved from Dublin to be with Emma, his partner, who starts a demanding new job. After a high flying career, the move which might be viewed as a...
  • Louise Wilson
    Aug 24, 2018
    Cormac Rilley #1 It's been twenty years since Cormac Rilley discovered the body of Hilaria Blakein her crumbling Georgian home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind. 1993, Cormac Rilley was a young Garda called to the scene of a suspected domestic. He finds t...
  •  Li'l Owl
    Mar 08, 2018
    An emotionally charged, twisted, harrowing rollercoaster ride with more turns than a corkscrew! This is one heck of a debut! "Are your mum and dad home?" he asked. "My little brother is in the drawing room," she said, gesturing to an open door leading off the hall. Looking past her...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Dec 12, 2018
    2.5 stars This is your classic police detective murder mystery, set in Ireland. If you enjoy those good old fashioned plots with your average underdog detective solving cases while the police department is trying to alienate him and you know that something fishy is going on, then th...
  • Peter
    Oct 12, 2018
    Dereliction The Ruin is a fantastic police murder mystery with multiple fascinating plot threads that the brilliantly drawn characters weave in and out of. Each and every character adds intrigue, suspicion, hidden agendas and background to the story. The plotting is very clever, and d...