The Ruins (Hardback)
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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 07/07/2022
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Set in an ancient, crumbling chateau in the South of France and moving between the summers of 1985 and 2010, The Ruins is a dark, dream-like and psychologically complex thriller about the life-long ripples of trauma from the author of Madam.

Amidst the glamour of the French Riviera lies the crumbling facade of Chateau de Setes, a small slice of France still held by the British aristocracy. But this long since abandoned chateau is now up for sale, and two people are desperate to get their hands on it despite its terrible history.

Summer, 1985: Ruby has stayed at the chateau with her family every summer of her twelve years. It was her favourite place to be, away from the strictures of her formal childhood, but this year uninvited guests have descended, and everything is about to change...

As the intense August heat cloaks the chateau, the adults within start to lose sight of themselves. Old disputes are thrown back and forth, tempers rise, morals loosen, and darkness begins to creep around them all. Ruby and her two young friends soon discover it is best not to be seen or heard as the summer spirals down to one fateful night and an incident that can never be undone...

Summer, 2010: One of the three young girls, now grown and newly widowed, returns to the chateau, and in her fight to free herself from its grip, she uncovers what truly happened that long, dark summer.

With riveting psychological complexity, The Ruins captures the glittering allure of the Mediterranean, and the dark shadows that wait beneath the surface.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529408812
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


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I was completely transported by The Ruins. Phoebe Wynne has evocatively rendered a beautiful, doomed French chateau while creating immersive, almost dream-like atmospherics. I loved this novel - Sarah Pearse, bestselling author of THE SANATORIUM

Rippling with suspense and gripping from the outset, The Ruins is a powerful feminist novel written with real panache - VICTORIA SELMAN, author of TRULY DARKLY DEEPLY

The Ruins is a raw, unsettling coming-of-age story not for the faint-hearted. Harrowing and compelling, this is a story burning with rage and the heat of the male gaze - VIKKI PATIS, author of RETURN TO BLACKWATER HOUSE

Tense and atmospheric, The Ruins investigates trauma and memory with a knowing, meticulous hand. The Chateau des Sètes - in all its crumbling, sinister glory - will imprint on your psyche as if you, too, spent a fateful summer there years ago... but it's the young women who call it home that leave the most lasting impression. This is a book that understands the inherent dangers of girlhood, and one that believes wholeheartedly in the innate resilience, bravery, and compassion of teenage girls themselves - Emily Layden, author of ALL GIRLS

The French Riviera has never been more captivating or unsettling. A story rich with family tensions and a chateau that serves as a gilded cage. The Ruins is both beautifully written and haunting at its core. Another stunning novel from Phoebe Wynne - Shea Ernshaw, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES and THE WICKED DEEP

Beautifully written and haunting - COSMOPOLITAN

Whilst this is not a comfortable book to read, I couldn't stop reading it. I guess I wanted justice - PROMOTING CRIME FICTION

A timely, bittersweet plot that will make you think - THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH

This evocative novel would make the perfect holiday read - SHEMAZING!

Fans of Patricia Highsmith will enjoy The Ruins - THE GLOSS

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A gothic story, dark and disturbing at times. It's not a heartwarming or funny book, there's a lot of sufference and it talks about abuse and trying to move on and leave old wounds behind.
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“Entertaining but uncomfortable subject matter”

Wow, this makes deeply uncomfortable reading! "The Ruins" by Phoebe Wynne starts off in France, in a chateau, beautifully portrayed of the endless summer stretching ahead of the family and friends who... More

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Emma Alvey

“A hauntingly atmospheric read”

"She pictured three girls bound tightly together in the back seat of the car, holding each other. Their hot breath, clammy palms, and her overshadowing fear of the man at the front, the man driving. "

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