The Ruins

The Ruins

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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...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 106.68 x 175.26 x 38.1mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552152706
  • 9780552152709
  • 96,375

About Scott Smith

Scott Smith was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He is the author of the bestselling novel, A Simple Plan. He lives in New York.show more

Review quote

"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 *show more

Back cover copy

What happens when one simple, innocent decision becomes a catastrophic mistake... Craving an adventure on their Mexican holiday before they return home, a group of four friends impulsively 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 heart of the jungle, the group come across a trail. A hillside covered in bright red flowers lures them closer. A Mayan horseman approaches behind them. But this is no friendly welcome: he has agun and orders them fiercely 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... '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' Washington Postshow more

Review Text

"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"show more

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23,482 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (7,659)
3 29% (6,699)
2 12% (2,825)
1 6% (1,478)
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