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 ...more
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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 delicate layers of deceit from suspects, family and the police, ensure this is a captivating read from the first page to last.
As a rookie cop in 1993, Garda Cormac Reilly attended a remote house on a call of domestic ...more
This is a well thought-out, tightly plotted police p ...more
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 malnourished and is very protective of her brother and also insistent that he be taken to the hospital. Once there, Maude vanishes.
Years later, Jack is all grown up. He and his girlfriend, Aisling Conroy are both happy in t ...more
The Ruin is a debut novel by Dervla McTiernan and what a complex and fast paced novel set in Galway. I rarely read crime novels but every now and then like to test the waters and I couldn't resist picking up a copy of the Ruin and so glad I did as it has an interesting and believable plot, great characters and plenty of twists and turns ...more
It begins with a scene from 1993, when a brand new police officer--guarda, in Ireland--is assigned to a call for a 'minor domestic.' It t ...more
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 damaged children and I was instantly gripped! Cormac Reilly is the young Guard who has to deal with this situation and it comes back to haunt him twenty years later.
The mystery in this book was more the why than the who as i ...more
“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’s loss is Australia’s gain! Author Dervla McTiernan and her family have migrated to Perth, Western Australia. Although this debut novel is set in cold, rainy Ireland, one character did ‘flee’ for many years to the Kimberley, a ...more
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 consequences visiting the present.
DI Cormac Reilly feels unsettled and a bit regretful. He's left the familiarity of Dublin and followed his love, Emma, to Galway. His new assignment in the police force here circles around col ...more
A well done mystery that sees Cormac Reilly moving back to Galway when his girlfriend gets a large grant that requires her moving there. He had started his policing career there and one of his first cases was the drug death of young single mother. Now, 20 years later, the son of that woman is dead, a suspected suicide. But something more is at work here. Neither death is what it appears. The dead man’s girlfriend and his sister start their own investigation into his death.
There are a lot of cha ...more
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 2019 for the next book in the series.
Cormac’s first case in Galway as a young constable involved a call out to a dead woman in a lonely, crumbling mans ...more
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 two young children, Maude who's fifteen and Jack who was just five years old. In the bedroom he finds the body of a woman with a needle still stuck in her arm. Twenty years later, Cormac is working in Galway. He is working ...more
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 compelling story, bringing to light some unsavoury Irish older realities, as the treatment of unwed mothers, child abuse and neglect, paedophilia, abortion. How timely. On a side note, I love all the wonderful news coming out of Ire ...more
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The main case involves the murder of Jack Blake. Twe ...more
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 this is your book.
The beginning of the book draws the reader right in with DI Cormac Reilly being called in to investigate an accidental overdose. Still wet behind his ears, he is going in alone w/o any back up, and fin ...more
The Ruin is a story of two tales intertwined by murder and circumstance. When Jake Blake goes missing, his partner, Aisling Conroy fears she's lost her loved one following the discovery of her pregnancy, however, it's not a matter of cold feet, with something m ...more
"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, Cormac could see that there was a fire lit in the grate, and a small figure of a very young boy sitting on a bare wooden floor in front of it, turning the pages of a book.
"Your mum?" he asked again.
In her room, she sa ...more
The title of my book can be read in English, or can be
given its Irish meaning. In Irish, Ruin means something
hidden, a mystery, or a secret, but the word also has a
long history as a term of endearment.
Here, the title seems to assume all of these meanings over the course of its action. There are physical ruins, hidden items and many secre ...more
The past and the present
A mother with a needle in her arm
The kids... alone and unkempt
What happens to them
Murder or suicide
The Garda come in and check things out
Will they fix the errs of the past
And uncover the truth
Wants to help fix the station
Stop the corruption
I fell for Cormac within a chapter then stayed with him all the way as past and present collide in a truly fascinating and addictive story that kept me up late, bleary eyed, desperate to get to the resolution. The Ruin is the very definition ...more
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 something to set it apart from the crowd in the popular crime genre. The Ruin, meaning ‘downfall’ in English and ‘mystery’ in Irish, sets the tone just perfectly for a first class debut novel. I am proudly claiming T ...more
Extremely Irish, but also pretty enjoyable, Dervla McTiernan's The Ruin is a fun, well written detective mystery. Is that even a real genre? Detective mystery? I don't know, it's what I'm going with.
First, when I say it's extremely Irish, what I mean is that could potentially be a problem for some readers. There's a lot of Irish slang (which is a great reason to go for the kindle version - digital dictionary for the win!) It does do a fantastic job of immersing you in the stor ...more
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. Subplots aplenty are thrown into the mix, most relating to this central crime.
The author shows promise. The writing is mostly competent, and there are a few well-depicted scenes, but I found the denouement contrived and ...more
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