The Ruins by Scott Smith

The Ruins by Scott Smith
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An Overview:

The Ruins is a somewhat frightening look at the scary things that could go bump in the night in the jungles of Mexico. The four characters in this story are tourists who get asked to help find a missing man and end up in a struggle to survive.

Main Body:

The Ruins starts simple enough. A group of four Americans are vacationing in Cancun and planning to take in some of the sites. Through a twist of fate they find themselves on an adventure to find the lost brother of a German traveler. It turns out the missing brother was last seen at a local Mayan archeological site in the jungle. This book ends up being quite the thriller style of novel where what was meant to be a search and rescue mission for a missing man ends up with all of them fighting to stay alive.

What did I like about this book? The concept was an interesting one of how offering a little help to someone can get you in a world of trouble. However, I found it kind of hard to get attached to any of the main characters because there was not a lot of depth to them. Who I did feel I knew well was the villain who was downright scary at times, so that character was well-developed and not someone I wanted to run into.

I can say I was a little freaked out by some of the moments in the book as well. One of the things I found odd about this book is that it was much wordier than other thriller types of books usually are. I expected a lot more speed in the action of the book, but found it often slowed down by too much exposition.

The Narration:

Patrick Wilson has an enjoyable voice for this book. His voice has a strong presence, but also is easy on the ears and easy to follow along with as he tells the story. The only problem with that in this book is there are times when it would have been nice if his voice were a little more energetic to suit the intensity of a scene, but it isn’t.

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