Monday, September 14, 2015

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Publication: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Scout Press
Source: Purchased/Own

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.
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.

In a Dark, Dark Wood was an atmospheric tale that held my interest from start to finish.
I always appreciate a good suspenseful thriller and this book happened to be just what I was looking for. I loved the setting of this story. Gloomy weather,  thick creepy woods, an out of place glass house and a group of people with secrets and hidden motives.
Nora is a successful crime writer whose past comes back to haunt her so to speak when she gets an invitation to attend a hen party(an English version of a bachelorette party). Clare, her old friend from school is getting married and it’s time to get together and have some fun. Or so she hopes.
She rides down with Nina, a mutual friend who was also invited. I can imagine the surprise and uncomfortable feeling with being invited to a hen party for a woman you haven’t seen in 10 years. But I liked how Nora just sucked it up and went regardless. It’s pretty obvious that Nora is keeping secrets. What it is and what kind of impact it will have remains to be seen. 
When Nora, Nina, Clare, her best friend Flo, and oddly enough her close guy friend Tom all gather in the glass house in the woods, the atmosphere turns a little creepy and suspenseful. Some of the characters acted very strangely. Alcohol did not help this bunch. Everyone was suspicious in my eyes. Unreliable narrators are becoming some of my favorites to read and Nora is a good unreliable narrator.
Ruth Ware created some very interesting and unique characters. This was a story were I did not anticipate the ending. I didn’t even come close to guessing it. Loved that. It felt like the story went on a little longer than was necessary, but I didn’t mind it too much. In a Dark, Dark Wood was a really enjoyable and entertaining read. Super easy to get into and the story was never boring.  I can hardly believe this is Ruth Ware’s first novel. I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.


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