In 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....
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By Fergal on 27-02-13
On the surface, every horror cliche rears its head in this tale; protagonists lost in the woods, the lonely isolated house, ancient burial mounds and suggestions of a sinister and macabre history. From Hp Lovecraft to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the horror genre has always been full to the brim of stories that tread a similar path. The Ritual however, stands head and shoulders above its peers. The storytelling is impeccable and the narration both spirited and unpretentious. After half an hour I was gripped and almost breathless. Listening to this on headphones in the dead of night was a genuinely nerve shredding experience, but in the best possible way, Highly recommended!
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By Revey on 15-12-12
Oh My. No stroll or camp will be the same.
From it's comencement you may think, just another story about four lads of on a jolly, get lost and bitten, or eaten or abducted.
No just a terifing story. I found myself re-tracing the story, how a bad situation can only get EVEN WORSE! No camping with the kids this summer.Or forestry walks . Poor boys etc. No more Abba or A-Ah for me
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By Magdalena on 03-04-14
Good story and great narrator
What made the experience of listening to The Ritual the most enjoyable?
The pace is good, it keeps you engaged and wanting to find out what is going to happen next.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ritual?
It's genuinely creepy, the first half of the book in particular. The story was unusual and interesting, the characters were engaging and you never knew quite what was going to happen until the very end.
What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I really loved the narrator! A good narrator can make the experience of listening to an audiobook so much better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Andrew on 16-06-14
11 hours too long?
I so wanted to like this after having received a recommendation Adam Nevill is the UK's Stephen King.
I felt the characters missed enough roundness. But most important, the author didn't play enough with the blurring between nightmare and its opposite. I wanted more ambiguity, if you see what I mean. Or maybe the opposite: blatant 'magical realism' 'a la Murakami.
Sorry: I wanted the rather inevitable ending to happen sooner than later.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful