\nEerie, terrifying, unputdownable—Scott Smith’s first novel since his best-selling "A Simple Plan" (“Simply the best suspense novel of this year—hell, of the 1990s”—Stephen King). "The Ruins" follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico as, on an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group—the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. \n\nThis is what happens from the moment the searchers—moving into the wild interior—begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific “other” among them . . .