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The Ritual (Paperback)
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The Ritual (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 08/05/2014
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Winner of the August Derleth Award.

In Adam Nevill's The Ritual, four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.

Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they're the prey.

As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees . . .

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447263418
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 28 mm


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This novel grabs from the very first page, refuses to be laid aside, and carries the hapless reader, exhausted and wrung out, to the very last sentence. * The Guardian *
Often horror loses its power when the evil is given a face; in this case it only gets more disturbing. * The Sunday Times *
With The Ritual Nevill has crafted some of the tensest scariest horror this reviewer has read for years. * SFX *
The Ritual by Adam Nevill is a mind-twisting journey into the dark backwoods of terror. Deeply disturbing and absolutely riveting. -- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling author of Dead of Night and The King of Plagues
Nevill makes the natural world deeply menacing, using the power of suggestion rather than explicit images to create a growing claustrophobic feeling as the difficult journey to return to some semblance of civilization embeds the quartet only further in the grasp of primal evil. * Publishers Weekly *
If you want something to make you scared of going into the deep, dark woods then I would highly recommend you pick up The Ritual. The Gruffalo it ain't! * Geek Syndicate *
It has been over a week now since I finished this book and it has really stayed with me and I find myself thinking about it on numerous occasions, and this is another very good sign. * Fantasy Book Review *
The Ritual didn't just stop at sending a shiver down my spine, carrying on past that to leave me feeling all unsettled and resolved to stay away from large unexplored woods. A horror novel that leaves you feeling melancholy and thoughtful (as well as just plain scared); Neville is rapidly cementing his position as an author worth watching. * Graeme's Fantasy Book Review *
The Ritual, is now one of my all time favourite books, for me personally this is a powerful book that ticks every box in horror writing. * Gingernuts of Horror *

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“Prepare to never sleep again!”

After being scared out of my wits by Apartment 16, I thought I was well prepared for this. Wrong. Nevill gets inside your head and messes with your most primal fears, the fears that haunted you as a child, the ones... More

Paperback edition
9th January 2012
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“Awesome , atmospheric thriller !”

Hutch , Dom , Phil and Luke are four old university friends who have a reunion at thr age of thirty six . They are going walking through Scandinavia . Their problems begin on day one when they meet up and Luke... More

Paperback edition
26th July 2011
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“Scary stuff.”

I really enjoyed the first three quarters of this book and felt the last quarter was great but not as excellent. It builds up a really creepy sense of dread throughout. If you like survival horror then this is for you!

Paperback edition
18th February 2013
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