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The Ritual

Nevill, Adam L. G. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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"When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artifacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees . . "-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Nevill, Adam L. G.
Title: The ritual
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: viii, 417 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Adam Nevill
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain in 2011 by Macmillan
Summary: "When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artifacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees . . "-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0312641842
9780312641849
Branch Call Number: FICTION NEVILL 2012
Subject Headings: Scandinavia Fiction Hiking Fiction
Genre/Form: Horror fiction
Topical Term: Hiking
LCCN: 2011036132
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I would like to say that Nevill's future is bright, but he has been a beacon in the U.K. wave for a few years minimum. Popular Scandinavian authors (Larsson, Nesbo) could not have written a first novel this cold, gripping, and with teeth. Fans of those thrillers may like or hate this visit into u... Read More »


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Dec 02, 2013
  • jeab1981 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The first and second halves of this novel seem to come from completely different books. The first half pulls you into the story immediately and the horror comes from its believability --- at the very least, it is a story of what can go very, very wrong when you are unprepared for the wilderness. The second half was a serious letdown. It wasn’t scary at all; instead it was almost comedic in its utter stupidity. Seriously, no book should ever have the line “the dim light dimmed.” Seriously?!?

Absolute crap. Way too much redundant info about hiking in the big, bad forest-very obviously filler. This is what happens when authors are paid by the page. Just read the second half of the book, if you must read it at all. I advise you not to bother.

Jun 11, 2013
  • rochellemc9110 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is how I like my horror! Great read, I could not put it down. Things just keep getting worse and worse for these characters. Part survival story/part demon story/part backwoods psycho story. Great location, great characters. This is a gripping read. I loved it!

Oct 23, 2012
  • whydoIhavetodothis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, some pretty harsh reviews of a great novel. I'm not sure what put people off. The story starts off and takes a few pages to get going, but once it does, it flies through. The first half/two-thirds is fantastic, a terrifying journey of what can go wrong. The last third was ORIGINAL, I didn't see it coming and I thought it was a nail-biting conclusion and the final few pages were fantastic. Overall, great book and I highly recommend it.

Oct 22, 2012
  • notTom rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The payoff was certainly not worth the build-up. The violence was stretched to the believability line, and the antagonists, when finally revealed, really weren't all that exciting. However, I do give it marks for a creepy atmosphere and at least attempting to establish a deep sense of character amongst a fast-moving plot. ~wearespartacus/notTom

Aug 22, 2012
  • debilly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read. Although this book has a dark side, these are true life situations one can put themselves in while enjoying the outdoors. Totally enjoed it.

Apr 20, 2012
  • Sinis rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Judge this book by the cover because the rest of it is horrible! Adam Nevill does an amazing job with describing the haunted atmosphere of the woods, the relationship and the personalities of the main characters but the actual story and the reveal of what was hunting them was very poorly executed. The star I am rating this book is solely for the cover.

Apr 13, 2012
  • writer13 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Before I get to what was bad about this book, let's start with what the author got right. He set a very creepy and disturbing atmosphere for much of the first part of the book. His characters were believable and he did a nice job writing the antagonists in the book in a way that really made you want to hit them. That said, the bad far outweighs the good in this rambling, non-sensical tale. Once it came time to reveal what the characters were facing, this story went so far off the rails that nothing could bring it back. And FYI, the "reveal" is more ridiculous than scary. I liked the premise but the execution was the real horror in this story.

Mar 26, 2012
  • picturistic rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was okay for the first half, not as scary as it could have been. The next half I found totally dragging. Even after skipping pages didn't miss anything!

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