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Review: The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Title: The Ruin
Author: Dervla McTiernan
Year Published: 2018

Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 375
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)Ireland

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend, Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib in Galway, the police tell her it was suicide. But Jack's sister Maude suspects foul play.

At the same time, Detective Cormac Reilly has been quietly reinvestigating the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug- and alcohol-addled mother, a death that left them orphans. He is pressured to charge Maude for murder--and to connect the mother's murder with Jack's death--when his colleague uncovers evidence that will change everything.

Review: I love a good mystery so this one made me happy. 

This dual timeline story pulls you in with concerns about drug use, child abuse (none explained in too much detail), and murder. Are the events connected? Obviously, yes, but in what way and why? The connections are believable and there were no twists that felt thrown in there to shock the reader; it's all reasonable and feels very real.

The story is set in Ireland and that is relevant. There are many references to Irish law, culture, and rules that help determine the course of the characters' lives. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of social services, family rights, and who determines what gets investigated.

If you enjoy a good mystery and a book set outside the US, I recommend this one.

Oh, I learned something creepy in this book. On your phone, open the Google Maps app. Tap on the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left (menu) and tap Timeline. If you have your location services set to run all the time, you can see everywhere you've been, when you were there, and the route you took to get between locations. Crazy!

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