The Ruins

The Ruins

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 07/07/2022
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Amidst the glamour of the French Riviera lies the crumbling facade of Chateau de Setes, a small slice of France still held by the British aristocracy. But this long since abandoned chateau is now up for sale, and two people are desperate to get their hands on it despite its terrible history.

Summer, 1985: Ruby has stayed at the chateau with her family every summer of her twelve years. It was her favourite place to be, away from the strictures of her formal childhood, but this year uninvited guests have descended, and everything is about to change...

As the intense August heat cloaks the chateau, the adults within start to lose sight of themselves. Old disputes are thrown back and forth, tempers rise, morals loosen, and darkness begins to creep around them all. Ruby and her two young friends soon discover it is best not to be seen or heard as the summer spirals down to one fateful night and an incident that can never be undone...

Summer, 2010: One of the three young girls, now grown and newly widowed, returns to the chateau, and in her fight to free herself from its grip, she uncovers what truly happened that long, dark summer.

With riveting psychological complexity, The Ruins captures the glittering allure of the Mediterranean, and the dark shadows that wait beneath the surface.

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529408812
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 620g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm

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The Ruins
A hauntingly atmospheric read
"She pictured three girls bound tightly together in the back seat of the car, holding each other. Their hot breath, clammy palms, and her overshadowing fea... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
The Ruins
A disturbing and compelling read
Amidst the glamour of the French Riviera lies the crumbling façade of Chateau de Sètes, a small slice of France still held by the British aristocracy. But ... READ MORE
Donna Costello
The Ruins
A disturbing and intense gothic story
A gothic story, dark and disturbing at times. It's not a heartwarming or funny book, there's a lot of sufference and it talks about abuse and trying to mov... READ MORE
The Ruins
Entertaining but uncomfortable subject matter
Wow, this makes deeply uncomfortable reading! "The Ruins" by Phoebe Wynne starts off in France, in a chateau, beautifully portrayed of the endless summer ... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Ruins
Novel set in the SOUTH OF FRANCE
This is a hard novel to classify, it is part Gothic story, part coming-of-age and part mystery. The author includes a Note to her readers at the beginning,... READ MORE