The Ruin

The Ruin Review

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 forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.

DI Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of an 'accidental' overdose twenty years ago - of Jack and Maude's drug- and alcohol-addled mother. Cormac is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything...

This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Jane Casey.

Title:The Ruin

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  • Paromjit

    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 start...

  • Phrynne

    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...

  • Carolyn

    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 furthe...

  • Ingrid

    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 strai...

  • Brenda

    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. ...

  • Josh

    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 ...

  • Susan

    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 mothe...

  • Heidi

    Some of my favourite police procedurals have been set in Ireland, and this one is definitely in that category! What makes my heart sing is that it is only the start of a (hopefully long) series, and t...

  • Nadia King

    The Ruin is a stunning debut from Perth author, Dervla McTiernan (McTiernan moved to Perth from Ireland but we’re claiming her as our own).Crime fiction is a relatively new reading genre for me but ...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    There's a lot of excellent Irish crime fiction and now we have a new series to add to the list. While Reilly is just the latest big city detective to move out to a smaller city and an unfriendly new t...