The Ritual
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Listening Length 11 hours and 35 minutes
Author Adam Nevill
Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies Release Date February 06, 2018
Publisher Tantor Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #13,404 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#576 in Horror Fiction
#2,997 in Horror Literature & Fiction

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J W Ashbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars he's such a nice chap, you really wonder how he can write ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can’t recommend this eerie, brilliantly written thriller enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can’t recommend this eerie, brilliantly written thriller enough!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2021
We’ve literally just finished this book, and keep taking deep restorative breaths.

Here’s a little book description…

In Adam Nevill’s The Ritual, four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.

Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they’re the prey.

As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .

The Ritual is an absolutely astounding story, and has left us feeling wrung out, exhausted and thoroughly satiated by what was an epic story of survival against ancient evil forces in an hostile, Scandinavian wasteland. Neville literary skills ensured that we felt the same hunted, terrorised emotions of the four friends – with clear, tight prose he enables us to experience the despair, the pain, the abject terror and palpable fear of being lost, and hunted. Weakened by injury, tired, hungry and vulnerable prey to a primal predator they can’t comprehend. You are transported to the damp, low light of the forest, you can literally smell the moss and the moist earth, feel the cold mist- and rarely has a book taken us there so, so authentically.

It’s almost left us speechless- but not quite!

The Ritual is reminiscent of the Blair witch project- that age old cliche of a group of friends lost in the woods ( one that the thriller girls love and return to again and again ) is made all the more horrifying! This book feels like, a tale of two halves, the first is eerie and intense, the second becomes more horror filled and filled with urgency, as it reaches a cinematic climax that left us breathless. We had to keep putting the book down to take a breath, this is not light reading and not for the faint hearted! Several scenes left our skin crawling and the hairs on the back of our necks rising.. The holy grail of a good horror!

If you’re looking for a read that’s genuinely scary and that will disturb as well as entertain you, you’ve found the book.This is a modern horror that delivers, well written and exceptionally eerie, Nevill crafts a terrifying atmosphere that literally grabs you with urgency and will not let you rest … there’s no slow build, no setting the scene we as the reader are catapulted straight into a sense of peril, of impending doom, which we really liked.

For so, so many reasons this books going to haunt us for a VERY long time! It provides all a horror / thriller seeker could ask for in abundance… It’s powerful, disturbing and Macabre and extraordinarily exceptional. WE LOVED IT! Can you tell??

It’s an unforgettable read that we can’t recommend enough.

We just can’t help but ask why its taken us this long to discover such a talented writer?? We will be looking forward to catching up on his vast back catalog now ( as he boasts several exciting titles with promising premises that sound like perfect reads for us ) we’ve heard he should be celebrated as a horror aficionado and we can see why, he has serious talent!

We are also looking forward to watching the movie version of the book to compare and contrast as it looks like it involves a strong cast and will be interesting to see if they captured the atmosphere as successfully as the book.

So to sum up this was our perfect read with strong elements of thriller, survival and horror, it’s pacy, descriptive and boasts a great storyline that keeps you engaged from start to finish! It’s very easy to award this 5 stars⭐️… Grab this amazing, gritty book and we bet you won’t be able to put it down!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to say more than it was OK.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars A slog of a read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Good & the Bad - No Spoilers here!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2018
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