In A Dark, Dark Wood | Book Review

Author: Ruth Ware

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Received From: Simon & Schuster Publishing


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 does arrive. 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 forever.


Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Publishing for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The first thing I can say about this book is WOW, I mean, I was truly taken away with the story line and the development of the characters. Ruth Ware has a way with writing mysteries that draw you close to the words and make you hide under the covers late at night when you put it down.

What starts off as an innocent invitation to a hen party, or a bachelorette party here in North America, takes a turn for the worse when strange activities and clues start popping up around the party. Being in the middle of nowhere, with no cell signal and no wifi, I feel like I would die, and that’s not even the scariest part in this novel!

This book is a crime novel: an absorbing, genius thriller in which, halfway through, a big twist upends everything. Ruth Ware has a subtle yet affecting descriptive quality to her writing that sinks into your psyche, making this an edgy and highly intriguing read. Right from the start, I was hooked. It is a quick read once you get into it, which is not as hard as it seems.

The story is told from Nora’s perspective, and it flashes back and forth between the night the event happened and the aftershock of her in the hospital. The only problem is, no one can recall what had happened that had lead Nora to end up in the hospital.

This was a great book and I would highly recommend it to fans of mystery novels.  I think any readers who guess the whodunit beforehand may still enjoy watching how it plays out. This is Ms. Ware’s debut novel and she is a talent to keep an eye out for.

Not only is this a novel, but the story has also been picked up to become a movie. I can tell you right now that although I am completely terrified of horror/thriller movies, I will definitely be first in line to see this one.

Read On Darlings!


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