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The Rúin is spectacularly good. So CONFIDENT … excellently written and, at times, heart-catchingly sad.’—Marian Keyes

The Ruin About the book

The subject of a hotly contested global bidding war in 2016, The Rúin set the publishing world abuzz. Debut Perth author Dervla McTiernan breathes life into the crime genre with a new breed of detective and a new favourite in DS Cormac Reilly.

‘When I started writing The Rúin, I had a single image: a brother and sister sitting together, holding hands, on the stairs of this crumbling Georgian house. It is getting dark outside, and they are afraid. That was the starting point for the whole book—I wanted to tell their story.’
—Dervla McTiernan

DS Reilly returns to small-town Galway after stepping down from his high-ranking Dublin job to support his partner’s career. When a body surfaces in the icy River Corrib he is plunged back into a cold case that has haunted him for 20 years—the death of a mother of two small children.

What links the two deaths, two decades apart? As he navigates his way through police politics and the ghosts of the past, Detective Reilly finds himself questioning who among his colleagues he can trust. The Rúin draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t—or won’t. 

Dervla McTiernan About the author

Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and practised as a lawyer for 12 years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. In 2015 she submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This inspired her to complete the novel that would become The Rúin.

She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.

Early praise

‘[A] superior, haunting novel of murder, deception and ethical dilemma. Dervla McTiernan’s first novel outclasses some of the genre’s stalwarts making her a crime writer to watch … fans of Ian Rankin and Tana French will feel right at home.’Books+Publishing (4.5 stars)

‘Everyone’s looking for the next Jane Harper—and HarperCollins might have found her in Dervla McTiernan.’Sydney Morning Herald

The Rúin is a terrific debut and a rare gem: a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with every page clearly written from the heart.’—Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours

Sample chapter and digital review copy

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Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive one of 10 review copies of The Rúin, email The first 10 people to respond will win a copy.

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