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The Ruin


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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 the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.


A very fine novel . . . excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad
*Marian Keyes*

Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... as moving as it is fast-paced
*Val McDermid*

Bravo! The Ruin is a terrific read!
*Liz Nugent*

I tore through The Ruin, desperate to unravel the mystery that Dervla so cleverly lays out. Heartbreaking and heart-stopping in equal measure, it's an incredibly well-crafted, complex tale and yet remarkably easy to read, such is the subtle brilliance of the plotting . . . Dervla maintains the suspense all the way through, yet never at the expense of plausibility. She's sure to become one of my go-to authors!
*Caz Frear*

Instantly hauling the reader into its permanently charged atmosphere, The Ruin is as convincing as it is multi-layered, as compelling as it is complex, and heralds the arrival of Dervla McTiernan as a future star of the genre
*Chris Brookmyre*

There are not many books that will keep me reading from start to finish but Dervla McTiernan's The Ruin did just that . . . An excellent story, very well written . . . this one was a winner for me!
*Alex Gray*

Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan's expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden
*Karen Dionne*

Loved every page. Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character, so real you can hear his footsteps on the stairs. Utterly gripping, brilliantly executed story. Serious contender for Irish Crime Novel of the Year
*Sam Blake*

Intelligent, compassionate and believable
*Sinead Crowley*

Absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot
*Irish Examiner*

An absorbing tale
*Irish Times*

I can't wait to read the next one . . . a star crime writer is born!
*Books Ireland*

A crime writer of promise
*RTE Guide*

An exciting new voice in Irish noir
*Sunday Times (Crime Club)*

Brilliantly crafted . . . incredibly real-feeling characters. An absolute treat!
*Sunday Mirror*

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