Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Ruins

The Ruins
By Scott Smith
Alfred A. Knopf, 2006, 319 pgs. Horror

From the author of A Simple Plan (both books have been made into movies) comes a book both gripping and disturbing.  A group of carefree college students on holiday travel into the jungles of Mexico to search for a missing friend.  After following signs that take them down a hidden path, they stumble upon a small mountain covered by vines and guarded by hostile villagers.  Once they enter the boundaries of the mountain, they are unable to leave.  I found this story to be claustrophobic and terrifying and I could not put it down.  There is no happy ending in this gruesome tale, horror loves will eat it up! 

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