When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between the
Wow. This one came soooo very close to getting five stars from me. I am a horror buff and I LOVE to be scared ...really, truly freaked out. Not grossed out (I'll take a bit of that in good fun) but creeped out. My ideal physiological response to horror is when I get the heebie-jeebies (pardon my use of technical terms here) -- you know, the tingling spine, sweaty palms, paranoia, pounding pulse. I'm addicted to dread, and if you can make me want to sleep with the light on I will love you forever...more
I love horror movies but never really read horror books until now. This was a surprisingly fast read for me. I couldn't put it down because I kept wanting to find out what happened next.
I was in my warm bed when they were lost in a raining forest, cold, and hungry. Little things like that make me happy.
Anyway, the story is split into two parts. At first I thought it really could have ended after part 1, but part 2 still kept me staying...more
This is my second Adam Nevill book, the first being Apartment 16 which was good, but The Ritual is by far streets ahead.
The story begins with four University friends reuniting in London and taking a hiking holiday to the remote artic forests of Northern Sweden, The friends Hutch, Luke, Dom and Phil all seem to have their own p...more
I was captivated right from the opening pages, and read the first third of the book in one evening. The suspense builds slowly and terrifyingly, drawing you deeper in as the characters are drawn deeper into the dank forest. Lifelike description, and primal human terror kept me turning the pages.
I adore horror, but find it hard to be shaken up by stories and films that depict things that are paranormal and unreal, but I found it so...more
I personally believe that the mind comes with its own raw, dangling uvula. A sort of racially shared Jungian psychic gag reflex.
While writers like Chuck Palahnuik delight in ramming their finger in to induce vomiting, The Ritual skillfully tickles. Just enough to turn reasonable, educated people into packs of...more
The main storyline follows a group of four old college friends, now entering middle age, who embark on a hiking trip...more
The first half of the no...more
Adam Nevill fackelt nicht lange in seinem Roman The Ritual (Im tiefen Wald). Gleich auf der ersten Seite werden die Wanderer mit einem ausgeweideten, in einem Baum aufgehängten Tier...more
I also felt that he did well at character development. In the first few chapters, it's a bit dif...more
Four old uni friends are having a reunion, trekking through Sweden. With two of the four slightly out of shape, a shortcut is proposed through some virgin forest that should pop them out where they want to be in no time at all...
Tramping through the bleak and forboding forest, tensions start to escalate as they start to go off track and the men struggle to remember why they were friends in the first place, ratcheting ever higher as the woods close around them and something pi...more
The Ritual introduces us to four old friends on a hiking holiday through the more remote borderlands of Sweden and Norway. They are becoming estranged as they realise that the different paths their lives have taken mean they are not as close as they once were. In this respect, their journey mirrors their fracturing relationships as they take the wrong paths, again and again, through an ancient, overgrown forest and confr...more
We follow the misadventures of former university colleagues, Luke, Phil, Dom and Hutch as they make the biggest mistake of their lives. What is planned as a reu...more
The Ritual goes to show that you can take any hoary old cliche -- in this instance, four disparate friends go hiking in a Swedish forest, only to get lost, whereafter they are hunted donwn by Some Unspeakable Evil -- and turn it into something transcendent. This book is like a Masterclass exerc...more
But this is a horror novel, not just a thriller in search of a film deal. Nevill manages to depict a be...more
The first half of the book deals with a group of four men in their forties that once shared an apartment back in their twenties, met up again at the wedding of one, and decided to take a trip together, hiking and camping in the Norwegian woods. The only problem is, two of them are out of shape, and when the standard path is taking too long, Hutch (the driving force of the group) decides they should take a short-cut throu...more
No. I didn't. Because I got bored of this book too and neither this nor that movie would give me nightmares anyway so...
I thought I was going to be getting a creepy horror story set in the ancient, cold, dark Scandinavian forest. What I got i...more
The ambience of the story was its strongest point. Nevill did a great job of presenting the eerie, almost claustrophobic feeling of the dense Scandanavian forest. Even sitting on the couch wrapped in a warm blanket, I could still feel the cold he describe...more