Thrifty Thursday Audio: The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan @DervlaMcTiernan #AoifeMcMahon @BlackstoneAudio #ThriftyThursday #LoveAudiobooks

Posted August 8, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 8 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Audible freebie on November 23, 2018  (currently $24.47 at Amazon and  $22.57 at Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.98 with 9,276 ratings and 1,328 reviews



Thrifty Thursday  Audio: The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan @DervlaMcTiernan  #AoifeMcMahon @BlackstoneAudio #ThriftyThursday #LoveAudiobooksThe Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
Narrator: Aoife McMahon
Series: Cormac Reilly #1
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on July 3, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 25 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind...

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.

DI Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of an 'accidental' overdose twenty years ago - of Jack and Maude's drug- and alcohol-addled mother. Cormac is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything...

This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't.

This was an Audible freebie; I have no idea why but it was splendid.  The Ruin is the first in the Cormac Reilly series.  Cormac is a homicide detective in Ireland and has been for 20 years. He has had some success but has just transferred from to a new location because of his girlfriend, Emma’s job.  There are a few he knows but it is a tough start.

He is given only old, cold cases but one of them is tied to a case from his first week in the force.  Then it ties in to a more recent crime.  This is a situation where no one can decide who to trust and the answer is mostly no one. I had to listen to know what really happened and I was so afraid for people, especially children.

I was thrilled to listen and the next one is available,  The Scholar,  and I hope to hear it soon. The Ruin was a suspenseful treat.


I had not heard this narrator before and haven’t the experience to know if the Irish lilt is authentic but it was enjoyable.  The main character is male but many of the story’s important characters were female.  I was comfortable with all the voices at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE


These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those.  Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.

So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now,  what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed  a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.

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About Dervla McTiernan

Internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed writer, Dervla McTiernan is the author of The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn. The Ruin was published in 2018 and is the first in the detective Cormac Reilly series. The Ruin was a top ten bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of July 2018. Dervla was a New Blood Panellist at Harrogate Festival. The Scholar was published in 2019 and was a top five bestseller. The Good Turn will be published in 2020. The Ruin has been optioned for TV by Hopscotch Features.

Dervla spent twelve years working as a lawyer. Following the global financial crisis, she moved from Ireland to Australia and turned her hand to writing. Dervla is a member of the Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers Association, and lives in Perth, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2019 Audiobooks
  • BTB 2019
  • COYER Hunt

Posted August 8, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 8 Comments

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