The Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1) by Dervla McTiernan

The Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1)

It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind...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 forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and ...

Details The Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1)

TitleThe Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Cultural, Ireland, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews The Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1)

  • Paromjit
    This is the first in the DI Cormac Reilly series set in Galway, Ireland. Reilly is trying to find his feet at the police station, after having moved from Dublin to be with Emma, his partner, who starts a demanding new job. After a high flying career, the move which might be viewed as a step down for him proves to be significantly more difficult than he expected. He is viewed with suspicion by other officers, there are problematic politics and ten...
  • Dem
    Refreshing and Back to basics well constructed crime novel that is believable and entertaining. A cracking good read for those who enjoy crime / mystery novels. 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...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    4★“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,...
  • Phrynne
    This is actually a brilliant book for an author's debut, and if she can keep up the standard we are in for an excellent series!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 myste...
  • Carolyn
    After some 20y of building up his career in elite units, working on some of the biggest cases in Dublin, DS Cormac Reilly has moved back to Galway where his career began so that his partner can further her scientific career. Now he finds himself the new boy in the office, consigned to cold cases and trying to fit in when everyone is suspicious of him and his reasons for being there. Cormac’s first case in Galway as a young constable involved a ...
  • Ingrid
    Ruin is Irish for secret. 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.
  • Brenda
    Surgical resident Aisling Conroy was happy with her life. Her desire to become a surgeon was within her grasp; her boyfriend Jack Blake was someone she knew she would spend the rest of her life with. The love they shared was deep and real. But after a long night in A&E, breakfast with Jack then waking late that afternoon to find Jack gone - not returning home overnight either - the knock on the door the next morning was a devastating shock. Aisli...
  • Bianca
    I just love it when a novel lives up to the hype.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 not...
  • Josh
    This police procedural set in mostly in Galway, Ireland introduces new series protagonist Cormac Reilly; a smart and dedicated Guard who isn't afraid to go against the grain to solve a case - even if it means investigating his colleagues. 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...
  • Jenny
    The Ruin is book 1 of Cormac Reilly series by Dervla McTiernan. When his partner Emma offered a great job in Galway, and Detective Reilly decided to leave Dublin and follow Emma back to Galway. When Detective Sergeant Reilly started his new role at Mill Street Garda Station, his first big cold case was the death of Hilaria Blake twenty years ago. However, he did not realise the consequences of opening this case would be to himself and the communi...
  • Andrea
    I've read some really, really good debuts this year, and this one is right up there.DS Cormac Reilly has recently transferred from Dublin to Galway. He hasn't felt particularly welcome at his new station, being assigned a mountain of cold cases to re-work on his own. When he is told to investigate the overdose death of Hilaria Blake - a case that he had himself flagged as a suspicious death just one week into his policing career 20 years ago - he...
  • Roy
    I really loved this. A slow burn at the start as we are slowly introduced to the main characters. A policeman( Cormac) , a doctor and her partner and a few other side characters. We have an initial story where Cormac is the policemen in charge of a murder in 1993, where he picks up to children and takes them to the hospital. Years later that crime isnt solved, but we see similar people as adults. From here, the young boy now a man is found dead. ...
  • Rob
    I can't believe that this is Dervla McTiernan debut novel. It's written with such confidence and can I say panache. It's mystery on mystery.What could an overdose, resulting in the death, of an alcoholic mother twenty years ago have any bearing on her son's possible suicide today. This is the problem that faces Guardi DS Cormac Reilly. Newly transferred to the Galway police station, DS Cormac Reilly feels he is resented by his fellow officers. Tr...
  • Susan
    This is a very promising start to a new crime series. Cormac Reilly is a young Garda, or police officer, when he is sent out to a call. When he arrives at the crumbling country house, he finds a mother dead of what appears to be a drug overdose and two children alone. Maude is fifteen, her little brother, Jack, only five. The two children are obviously neglected and so Cormac takes the two to a local hospital, where Maude slips away.Twenty years ...
  • Heidi
    Some of my favourite police procedurals have been set in Ireland, and this one is definitely in that category! What makes my heart sing is that it is only the start of a (hopefully long) series, and that the author is already working on a sequel.What could be more intriguing than an old cold case with links to a current crime, especially when it tugs on your heartstrings, with the main characters being young children? I love novels that take you ...
  • Nadia King
    The Ruin is a stunning debut from Perth author, Dervla McTiernan (McTiernan moved to Perth from Ireland but we’re claiming her as our own).Crime fiction is a relatively new reading genre for me but it’s one I find myself increasingly drawn to. The Ruin has all the hallmarks of a seasoned and talented crime writer. The complex story set in Ireland is told clearly with atmospheric writing and had me hooked from the outset.McTiernan has empathy ...
  • Cphe
    An interesting premise to this Irish mystery/police procedural. The sins of the past come back to haunt the present day. Many of the characters in this novel are damaged souls in some form or another.Events build slowly over the course of the novel until we find out who the perpetrator of the present crime is. There were really no surprises and for this reader there were a few too many loose ends that weren't fully explained.Overall I liked the m...
  • Kate Forsyth
    For me, the best crime novels are tense, evocative reads, set somewhere misty and atmospheric that raises the hairs on your skin, with characters who are complex and alive, who you cannot help caring about, and written in terse language that nonetheless has the power to haunt you with its beauty. I want to be moved by the characters’ plight and gripped by the compulsion to know what happened, and I want to be genuinely surprised by the denoueme...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    There's a lot of excellent Irish crime fiction and now we have a new series to add to the list. While Reilly is just the latest big city detective to move out to a smaller city and an unfriendly new team of fellow officers, he felt more alive on the page than the usual cop trope. The whole novel does what my favorite crime fiction does: focuses above all on character and uses that as the lens through which the plot unfolds.It took me a little whi...
  • Hollis
    THE RUIN was the kind of series opener that has you wanting more. And from a debut author no less! McTiernan was slow to reveal the twisted, complicated, threads of her mystery, and how many events and people were connected and caught up, but when it was all finally laid out.. wow. It was good. That being said, this didn't feel like a series opener. Much of our main character, Cormac Reilly, and his girlfriend's story, is only hinted at. I imagin...
  • Marie McLean
    The Rúin lives up to its promise as being ‘the most addictive crime fiction debut of 2018’. Set in Ireland, this is the first in a series of detective Cormac Reilly novels. It is well written, fast paced, and will leave you wondering who to trust.An apparent suicide in 2013 is linked to a twenty-year old cold case - a drug overdose which Cormac worked on as a young officer in the Irish police force.Cormac has recently moved back to Galway fo...
  • Mandy Radley
    You can't beat a damn good police procedural, forget all these psychological thrillers that are popping up everywhere. Dervla McTiernan, never heard of her before, was recommended at a recent book meeting, writes the first in the Cormac Reilly series, a Guarda now working out of Galway. Highly recommended and I can't wait for the next one to come out next year.
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Ruin, a police procedural set in Galway.DS Cormac Reilly has recently taken a step down from the elite squad in Dublin he worked for to follow his partner to Galway. His welcome to Galway is less than warm and he is stuck with the coldest of cold cases despite his experience and ability. This does not change with the questionable suicide of Jack Blake, a ma...
  • Taylor
    I know that this book will stay with me for a long time to come. Dervla McTiernan's Irish locales and locals are dynamic, gritty and real. Having become a sort of Irish crime buff, I am thrilled to have read an ARC of this novel. Cormac is the consummate detective, and his exploits in this novel are exciting to read about. This is a pitch-perfect Irish crime novel, and I know that those in the community will love this debut. I hate to compare aut...
  • Gram
    The date is 1993, the place is County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. A young Irish policeman, Cormac Reilly, is sent out on his own to investigate a "minor domestic".He's almost convinced that the call-out is a joke being played on him by his colleagues, but he's wrong.Entering an old run-down house, he encounters a 15-year-old girl, Maude and her much younger brother, Jack. Their mother, Hilaria Blake, lies in bed, dead of an apparent heroin...
  • Jeanette Lewis
    An outstanding book. This author had me reading until my eyes blurred. Cormac has transferred to Mill St Garda Station after being in an Anti Terrorism squad in Dublin. He has Cold Cases to now work on, solo. He isn’t well received by those around him but something not unexpected due to his previous achievements. The transfer is due to his partner and her work opportunities. What ensues brings Cormac right back to the beginning of his young Pol...
  • Julie Lacey
    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book but I was drawn in very quickly and really liked the main character, Cormac Reilly. He’s the new man in town and is finding it hard to connect with fellow Gardas but someone he’s worked with before is there so he sticks with him at first. It soon becomes clear to Cormac that Danny has done something to upset his colleagues but he can’t get to the bottom of what this is. Tasked with going through...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘I am reopening this case and I want you to run the investigation.’Irishman Cormac Reilly remembers his first case as a new garda twenty years ago. He discovered the body of Hilaria Blake, dead of a drug overdose, in her home. Hilaria left behind a 15-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. Cormac Reilly has never forgotten them.Aisling Conroy is a surgical resident, working hard to become a surgeon. She and her boyfriend Jack Blake are happy...
  • Mary
    After a stellar career in special units, Detective Cormac Reilly has returned to Galway to happily support his partner's career. But the new office is suspicious of his motives and he is being smothered in cold cases. Aisling Conroy's partner, Jack, is found dead in the river and the police say that it is suicide. She doesn't believe it and neither does Jack's sister, Maude, who turns up after decades, just too late to see Jack again. Coincidenta...
  • Rob Kitchin
    The Rúin is Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, a police procedural set in Galway in the West of Ireland. There’s a kind of play on words in the title, with Rúin meaning secret in Irish, and the first body and anchor to the story being found in a ruin. The story links together an old and new case: the suicide death of a mother and twenty years later, the death of her son. The lead character is Detective Inspector Cormac Reilly, who has transfer...