The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really like Irish crime novels – and this one was great! Cormac was a great character, lots of depth in his portrayal, which I really enjoyed.
I found Aisling fairly annoying, and I didn’t really buy into her whole character.
Maude was fantastic, and I liked her character development.
Despite having a male detective at the heart of this story, it was really the female characters that came through with every other part of the puzzle. The female characters were all strong, independent women with sound careers and sound reasoning – the novel didn’t draw attention to this, and it wasn’t a theme, but I noticed and enjoyed this a lot.
The mystery itself was solid, and the pacing was good – we got the right amount of information at just the right moment. I liked Murphy, and the hidden motives for him are drawing me to the next instalment already.
Good read if you enjoy crime, and especially if you enjoy Irish crime.