THE RUINS by Scott Smith

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Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine.Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.

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There are some graphic descriptions in this book that aren't for the faint of heart. A lot of self body mutilation that I had to skip over.

Suspense/Horror:

I found human behavior to be the most disturbing, but there was a supernatural element.

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Alternative Lifestyle/LGBT:

Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour

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Would I recommend this book for...
Teenagers?No
Adults?Yes

Comments: I had heard that this novel was an excellent horror story, but the horror element came in a form that I wasn't expecting. I found it to be a fascinating study on human behavior when under impossible, highly stressful situations. Overall, it's great read when you're itching for something in the horror realm.

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