The Ruins (Paperback)
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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 01/08/2007
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Craving an adventure to wake them from their lethargic Mexican holiday before they return home, four friends set off in search of one of their own who has travelled to the interior to investigate an archaeological dig in the Mayan ruins.
After a long journey into the jungle, the group come across a partly camouflaged trail and a captivating hillside covered with red flowers. Lured by these, the group move closer until they happen across a gun-toting Mayan horseman who orders them away. In the midst of the confrontation, one of the group steps inadvertently backwards into the flowering vine. And at that moment their world changes for ever...

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552152709
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 178 x 106 x 33 mm


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Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds .... Does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches in 1975. * Stephen King *
The suspense novel of the year. This is compulsive reading. Scott Smith sets out to frighten and he succeeds brilliantly with this harrowing psychological chiller. * Sunday Telegraph *
It's been more than a decade since Smith's impressive debut, A Simple Plan. The wait has been worth it, with this tense, dense oppressive thriller taking the reader into new dimensions of fear ... Every time you think the book has hit a high in terror, it somehow gets more unbearable. * Guardian *
A tour de force of terror, a novel that seduces, shocks and dares you to keep reading. There's a timeless fable at work here, one that prompts thoughts of Heart of Darkness * Washington Post *
Bloodcurdlingly horrific ... It's the contract between the familiar and the unspeakable that makes this book so harrowing. * New York Times *

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“Gut-wrenching and hypertensive.”

Many will have seen, or at least be aware of the 2008 film based on this book - its one of my favourite horror films. But the novel on which the film is based is, a bit like The Ritual (Adam Nevill), a masterwork... More

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