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The Ruins (Vintage)by Scott Smith
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Eerie, terrifying, unputdownable —Scott Smith's first novel since his best-selling A Simple Plan ("Simply the best suspense novel of this year — hell, of the 1990s." Stephen King). The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico as, on an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group — the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.
This is what happens from the moment the searchers — moving into the wild interior — begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific other among them...
"The best horror novel of the new century." Stephen King
"The Ruins does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches.” Entertainment Weekly
“The most disturbing novel of the year.” —Time
"Smith’s nail-biting tension is a pleasure all its own....This stuff isn’t for the faint of heart." New York Post
"A classic horror story, told with mounting, detail. Smith spins it out relentlessly, piling chill on chill on chill....What happens, and needless to say it’s not good, is something readers will race page after flapping page to discover. When they do, they will find — well, better set aside eight or nine hours reading time, keep the lights on, and make sure the plants are still in their pots." The Daily News
"A fast-paced suspense novel that grabs you and refuses to let go...Smith’s characterization and timing — the ability to deliver one quick blow after another — makes the book so freakishly fun....The story turns grotesque, but Smith’s command of his characters and their demons is masterful....The Ruins is chilling, an icy dissection of human nature in a hot, horrifying place." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"One of the most terrifying, creepy, riveting novels that will hit the bookstores this summer...Smith sculpts each of the characters, making us care very much about what happens to these young, naive and sometimes selfish individuals....The Ruins has a claustrophobic feel, which adds to the palpitations of suspense. The great outdoors might as well be a dark, dingy basement full of things that go bump in the night as Smith finds new ways to frighten with his setting." The Sun-Sentinel
"Reading Scott Smith is like having a rope tied firmly round your middle, as you're pulled on protesting tiptoes toward a door marked DOOM...Smith is a master of the 'if only' scenario, that most foolish and pungent form of regret...At its heart, The Ruins is an old-fashioned horror story, and it's the invasive, intuitive killer that provides the ice-water dread....It's Thomas Harris meets Poe in a decidedly timely story: Smith has tapped into our anxieties about global warming, lethal weather, supergerms — our collective fear that nature is finally battling back-and given us a decidedly organic nightmare." Entertainment Weekly
Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they've ever known.
Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.
About the Author
Scott Smith was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He lives in New York City.
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