When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common... show more
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .
Publish date: February 14th 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Beware. Semi-spoilery comments below. You have been warned.Hmmm. A tale of two parts. The first part was written well (a wee wordy, maybe) but pretty darn good. A tense and suspenseful journey in the forest with 4 old chums on holiday who are being stalked by an unknown entity and getting picked off...
'And then the nearest part of the shadow, that defined itself by the thinnest light of the torch that brushed that place, moved. Raised itself no more than a few inches, in the way a stalking cat will engage in the next step towards its prey.' I'm almost ashamed to say that The Ritual is my first ...
Wowie, Wow wow wow, This wasn't what i expected this book to be. It was great none the less! Dom, Phil, Hutch,and Luke go to Sweden for a vacation since they haven't seen each other in years. But soon things go sour when they take a shortcut through a thick creepy forest. Full of runes, creepy aband...
I got my well manicured Claws into this for the “May 2014 Group read.Via "Horror Aficionados" group in Goodreads" The theme of the month was Horror Outside and I do have to say this fitted Perfectly. "When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, t...
The Ritual by Adam Nevill is an astonishingly well-written contemporary horror novel. It is my new favorite horror novel. The story is so solidly grounded in the reality of four friends lost in a Boreal forest, that by the time weird things start happening, you are utterly entranced and fully bought...