The Ruins (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Mass Market Paperback)

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I'm not sure what would be scarier, vacationing with a group of young and naive worry free newlyweds for three weeks to mexico, or being eaten alive by a giant plant that shrouds an ancient Mayan temple off the beaten path? Both scenarios are frightfully weaved together in this contemporary horror novel. It's as simple as that, yet one of the few books to have actually made me cringe. It may be a quick read, but the author's choice of words illustrate both the characters and the setting hauntingly well. I now think twice about entering a garden or buying a ticket to Cabo after reading this book.


Master of suspense writer Scott Smith (A Simple Plan) returns with this creepy novel of a tropical vacation gone horribly wrong. Pure terror interwoven with great characterization makes this book utterly enjoyable... but make sure and put it down before lunch!

Sarah B.


In the wild interior of the Yucatán, far from the lazy beaches of Cancún, two young couples and some new-found friends venture to the site of an ancient Mayan temple, in pursuit of another in their group. What started out as a day trip spirals into a nightmare when they reach the ruins . . . and discover the terrifying presence that lurks there.

About the Author

Scott Smith was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

"The best horror novel of the new century."
—Stephen King

"Like having a rope tied firmly round your middle, as you're pulled on protesting tip-toes toward a door marked DOOM."
Entertainment Weekly

"Do not pick up a copy of Scott Smith's The Ruins if you have anything else you need to do in the next eight hours or so."

"An exercise in unremitting tension."
The Baltimore Sun

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307389718
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 25th, 2008
Pages: 528
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