BOOK REVIEW: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware


Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood
Author: Ruth Ware
Publication: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 375


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. 

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…. 

Some things can’t stay secret for ever. 


I love Ruth Ware. I will say that with full disclosure intent. When I read her book The Woman in Cabin 10 I knew she was now one of my favorite thriller writers and reading In a Dark, Dark Wood with my book club did not disappoint at all.

The story mainly follows Nora as she goes off to a hen night for an old friend she hasn’t seen in ten years and it quickly spirals out of control. Ware wrote some incredibly different characters and I had strong dislike for most of them. I don’t think I’ve ever not liked the characters so much in a book before. This wasn’t a bad thing because I feel that added to my suspicion of all of them. They all had something odd about them that made you think they had ample motivation.

The jumping back and forth in the story from current time to the days leading up to it would normally bother me, but it went with the story. We were hearing what happen as Nora was remembering it and figuring out what to do. I feel like this story telling made this story more suspenseful and definitely more interesting with each reveal.

An important part in a mystery novel is if it’s easy to figure out what is happening. This one had so many suspects I didn’t call it before it was revealed. I had suspicions, but definitely did not see the actual outcome. This was such a great mystery with avalanches of suspense that kept you turning pages. I can’t wait to read more from Ware.

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