The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan. (2018).
(Cormac Reilly #1)
*5 out of 5 stars*
In 1993 police officer Cormac Reilly is called to a scene where two neglected children are alone while their mother lies upstairs dead. In 2013 a body is found in the river which seems like a suicide but there may be more to it. Cormac is taken back to the 1993 cold case – what links the two deaths twenty years apart? Cormac investigates the links and uncovers secrets from both the community and the police…
This is another book that I’ve recently seen a lot of good reviews for. It’s the debut novel of the author and the first of an intended detective series. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel which is set in Ireland. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel to be honest, it reads like a bestseller by a well established author who has published many books. The story is gripping and eloquent and satisfactorily concludes the case while leaving some lingering questions/issues – perfect for an ongoing series. I liked that it wasn’t action every page as well – don’t get me wrong, there is action in the book, but some thrillers tend to overdo the action and this one was more of a slow-burner which was nice as this allowed for more depth and explanations for both the main and the secondary characters. I look forward to the next book in the series due out next year.