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Horror in the Yucatan

The Ruins: A Novel by Scott Smith

Reviewed by Anna Godbersen

"There are not a lot of novels suspenseful enough to induce true movie-style nail biting, that demand to be read down to every last word. There are even fewer that feature real people, fully and intelligently drawn. Scott Smith's The Ruins, cinematic and possessed of a firm grip, is such a novel. The set-up is this: Two American couples, blithe and capable, in some vague, pre-professional stage of their twenties, are vacationing in Cancun. They make friends of various nationalities (some Greeks, a German); they enjoy the sand and the sun and the beer. When they hear that the German's brother has disappeared, gone off to find some archeological site at a Mayan ruins, they volunteer to help find him, thus beginning a jovial, spirited trek into the jungle." Read the entire Esquire review.

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