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The Ruins by Mat Osman

The Ruins

Mat Osman

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Imprint: Repeater Books
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 11 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781912248674

An extraordinary novel about the ubiquitous mysteries of family, memory and music.

4 stars out of 5
29 Feb 2020

" a pulpy page-turner imbued with a powerful quality of existential awakening "

The Ruins deals with madness and creativity, alongside big ideas about art, fame, family, identity and the insidious nature of popular culture in the age of the internet. But Osman weaves these themes through a compelling noir puzzle, packed with eccentric characters, memorable scenes and amusing insights into rock star life that would feel implausible if it weren’t for the credibility of the author. There are, nevertheless, gaping narrative holes. I’m not sure what happened to the investigation of Brandon’s homicide, and I am not convinced the author is either. But a dreamlike impetus sweeps the reader on, in a way reminiscent of the work of David Mitchell and China Miéville.