The Ruins, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Craving an adventure to wake them from their lethargic Mexican holiday before they return home, four friends set off in search of one of their own who has travelled to the interior to investigate an archaeological dig in the Mayan ruins.

After a long journey into the jungle, the group come across a partly camouflaged trail and a captivating hillside covered with red flowers.

Lured by these, the group move closer until they happen across a gun-toting Mayan horseman who orders them away.

In the midst of the confrontation, one of the group steps inadvertently backwards into the flowering vine. And at that moment their world changes for ever...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780552152709

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I really enjoyed this book. While it seemed a little slow at the start, it really became a page turner and had a fabulous ending.

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Tense suspense story set in an exotic locale but marred by a lack of depth to the characters.

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The Ruins - Scott Smith *I bought this book after reading the cover and seeing that it was highly recommended by Stephen King.... later I found out it was the authors earlier book that was being described. This book hold a special joint place with 'The girl who loved Tom Gordan'. Both are the worst books that I have actually finished.Ok, so the plot.... 2 American couples on vacation in Mexico team with a German who wants to find his missing brother. A greek who speaks no English also join them...... They travel to an archeological dig but miss the turning and end up in a Mayan viallage. Receiving no hospitality they then leave and find the right path. The Myans arrive and due to the language barrier are not able to prevent the group from entering onto a hill.... The Mayans will not let them cross back over the clearing and force them to remain at arrowpoint.On the hill there appears to be vines which turn out to people killers....Expect plants that have acid for sap, can imitate voices and sounds and move around.I struggled to get through this book... it was very poorly written and just did not grip my attention in any sort of way. All the characters were two dimensional and alike, and really just plain annoying. The authors first book seems to have gotten many good reviews, but this offering has stopped me reading anymore of works. Pity he didn't take the idea and give it to Stephen King........

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