The Rit­ual Adam Nevill

People (South Africa) - - Between The Lines -


FOUR old uni­ver­sity friends re­unite for a hik­ing trip in the Scan­di­na­vian wilder­ness of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, but a lot has changed since those days – each has grown up and no longer seems to have much in com­mon with the oth­ers. Ten­sions rise, and to speed the trip along the guys take a short­cut. Things go from bad to worse when they get lost and stum­ble across an old house, in­side which they find the ma­cabre re­mains of old rites and pa­gan sac­ri­fices – an­cient arte­facts and uniden­ti­fi­able bones – and they be­gin to re­alise that they may not alone in the wilder­ness. This is a thriller that re­ally starts out promis­ingly but takes a di­rec­tion that some­what spoils what could have been an amaz­ing story. Nev­er­the­less, Adam Nevill clearly has an im­pres­sive imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity, and, de­spite the flaws, held our at­ten­tion through­out.

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