The Ruins: A Novel by Scott Smith
Reviewed by Chris Bolton
"After my Powells.com blog entry and my Staff Picks comments, I started to fear that I was pushing The Ruins a little too hard. It's a terrific book, a gripping thriller that I read in one weekend while visiting my parents, sneaking away to read precious pages while I was supposed to be socializing and helping my stepdad build a patio. But there comes a point when expectations exceed the capacity to be met, and only disappointment can follow. Let me be clear, then: The Ruins won't change your life. It likely won't be the very best novel you've ever read. And, frankly, if it is, you should read more novels. It is, however, a thoroughly skillful, dark (sometimes bleak), and riveting thriller, and that's just what it sets out to be. In that sense, it fulfills its mission with aplomb." Read the entire Powells.com review.