The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

The Ruin Dervla McTiernan Book Cover

The Ruin is the debut novel from Dervla McTiernan. Set in Ireland The Ruin definitely reminded me of Tana French – the reason I picked up this story. The characters were really rich and interesting and the story grabbed me straight away! Loved it and looking forward to more.

I really loved the character of Cormac and it was refreshing not to have the cliched drunk damaged detective. Still with his flaws Cormac is such a straightforward honestcharacter. He is very clever and his willingness to help people is clear. Which makes him very easy to sympathise and identify with. As the story goes on we get hints of what he has sacrificed. There’s some definite back story there which I hope we’ll get in her later novels!

While Cormac shined, secondary characters were very compelling also. The shared narration of Detective Cormac and Aisling didn’t take away from one another. I didn’t find myself frustrated with the change at the end of chapters. The pace is perfect as the characters navigate through three cases simultaneously. It is just enough to make you not want to put The Ruin down! I think the less you know the better as the way the story unfolds.

The Ruin is definitely one of the best crime novels of the year. And with the next release in March 2019, I can’t wait!! I can’t recommend it enough!! For another great crime thriller by a debut author check out my review of The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor. Or try Jane Harper’s The Dry next.


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 determined to prove it.

DI Cormac Reilly is 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. 

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