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on 4 October 2017
Now I am well and truly hooked on Adam Nevill’s work I am playing catch up. The breadth and scope of this author’s imagination means I am constantly surprised at the twists and turns his stories take. The Ritual is Nevill at his most visually terrifying. Small wonder this was snapped up by a film maker (the movie is released in the UK on Friday 13th October and on Netflix in the US some time after that).

The premise is recognizable enough. Four old college friends decide to keep their vacation costs down (largely as a result of the financial woes of one of them) by taking a hiking holiday in the wilds of northern Sweden. Far from civilization and with at least two of them not in the best of physical condition, they soon realise that not only are they not up for such a lengthy and strenuous amount of hiking, they are also not dressed for it. So when they discover a possible short cut, it makes sense to take it, right?

Wrong. The shortcut takes them through thick forest and they soon become lost and disorientated. Things go from bad to worse and the injuries begin to pile up. They take wrong turns and that’s when the nightmares really begin. Deep in this forest, the ways of the Old Ones are still followed and before long, Luke and his friends are in the worst trouble of their lives. The cheap holiday becomes a vacation in hell itself.

They really should have gone to Ibiza.

The Ritual is frightening, atmospheric, chilling and satisfying. All in one great package.
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on 19 October 2017
Book started off really well had me hooked from the start, but like other readers, I started to lose interest for the last few chapters as the book went off in a direction I didn't really like and was a bit obscure. Shame really as I had hoped it would have finished the exciting way it had started.
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on 10 October 2017
Came across this book by accident. OMG..!!! Mind blowing. The movie comes out on Friday, hope its as good as the book.
I can't wait to read another Adam Neville novel, I'm a fan.
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on 30 October 2017
Couldn't stop reading this fast-moving page-turner. Kind of weak ending, but .... still worth the read.
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on 12 October 2017
A brilliant piece of rural horror. Blair Witch meets a Walk in the Woods. Realistic characters and a nicely surprising plot with a couple of devious twists.
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on 10 October 2017
Taut, nerve wracking and spellbinding. The characters are very well drawn out, the situation bleak and the horror come at you stealthily. Loved it
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on 6 November 2017
A book of two halves.

The first half was good. Group of friends lost in the Swedish forests trying to survive and under constant attack from an unknown assailant. Well written and with a growing sense of foreboding and horror.

Second half. Could have been written in half the amount of pages it actually was, and turned out to be a bit of a cliche.
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on 12 November 2017
Maybe this works as a film but, as a book, I just didn't enjoy it. Clearly, fantasy books are just not for me.
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on 15 November 2017
The first half was quite good, creepy, but the last bit was absolutely potty. Skim-read the final third of the book, not sure I'd bother.
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on 10 October 2017
very repetitive, get wet, get injured, get lost, have a row repeat ad nauseum. Tried to persevere thinking it might buck up a bit but abandoned 3/4 through. Hope the film is a bit more lively
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