The Ritual

Now A Major Film, The Most Thrilling Chiller You'll Read This Year

3.62 based on 5403 ratings & 777 reviews on Goodreads.com
Pan

Publication date: 08.05.2014
ISBN: 9781447263418
Number of pages: 448

Synopsis

Winner of the August Derleth Award.

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 . . .

In the media

If you want something to make you scared of going into the deep, dark woods then I would highly recommend you pick up The Ritual. The Gruffalo it ain’t!
Geek Syndicate
Nevill makes the natural world deeply menacing, using the power of suggestion rather than explicit images to create a growing claustrophobic feeling as the difficult journey to return to some semblance of civilization embeds the quartet only further in the grasp of primal evil.
Publishers Weekly
Often horror loses its power when the evil is given a face; in this case it only gets more disturbing.
The Sunday Times