After watching a movie first thing I do is wiki it. I want to know if there is a planned sequel, did I miss something, was it based on a book, etc. So when after watching the Ritual I saw that it was a book first, I zipped over and picked up the kindle version here. And boy was I glad that I did!
Worldbuilding: Set in the modern day, with just a layer laid atop it just doesn’t leave much room for elaborate worldbuilding. What there was, was solid however. The grim forest setting was damn near palpable in places. 4.
Characters: The characters felt real, their motivations genuine. I had a problem however, and will acknowledge this is more of a me thing, and not an actual problem with the text: I hate characters that spend a long time disabled in some way. Be it hobbling along from a gun wound, or staggering almost dead through a desert, any character I follow at length I hate for them to be intensely damaged. And that happened a lot in this book. 3.
Prose: A real strength of this book, the prose was on point. The words painted a picture, which in turn went a long way to building the horror. 4.5.
Plot: The best part of this book. It was similar to the movie, but different in such delightful ways. 4.75.