Powell’s Chris Bolton, who raved about Scott Smith’s The Ruins earlier in the year, sets down his thoughts in full-length review form: “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.”
The book arrived in my P.O. Box this week. I’ll give the sucker a whirl quite soon and report my findings in an upcoming 75 Books entry.