In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a dark, dark woodNora 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 houseUntil, 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 roomBut something goes wrong. Very wrong.And in the dark, dark room.... Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

Details In a Dark, Dark Wood

TitleIn a Dark, Dark Wood
Release DateJul 30th, 2015
PublisherHarvill Secker
Number of pages352 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Audiobook

Reviews In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • Vegantrav
    I don't think I've disliked a protagonist as much as Nora, the main character in In a Dark, Dark Wood, in ages. Earlier this year, I found Rachel, the protagonist of The Girl on the Train, to be annoying and very unlikable, but I didn't hate her. To be fair, I didn't hate Nora so much as find myself repulsed by her. She is a 26-year-old woman who is still haunted by and distraught over a break-up that happened when she was 16. Yes, 16! What kind ...
  • karen
    this is a truly beautiful ARC, one of the nicest i've seen: it's all textured and graphically pleasing and nice to touch and hold: but the story didn't really meet my expectations. i'm giving it a three, but it is a low three. it is an incredibly fast read, and if you are looking for something in that vein - a fast-paced page-turner mystery thing, this may well satisfy you. but be forewarned it is not a creepy book, or even remotely spooky, as t...
  • Kirsty
    Honestly one of the worst books I have read this year, and I definitely cannot recommend it as a tense crime novel!!!In a Dark, Dark Wood is the antithesis of what a thriller should be. It's hugely predictable, very slow paced, has big plot holes, and was downright boring.I found the writing style to be quite amateurish, and the characters very immature and one dimensional. These women are supposed to be adults, and in their mid to late twenties ...
  • Mandy Crider
    3/3.5?!?!!! This book left me in such anger. The beginning was so fast and I was so sucked in and then the middle left me feeling lethargic and as if I were reading as I was walking through mud. Then the end.... The end totally blew my mind. I couldn't believe it happened the way it did... Would I recommend? Yeah, probs. The assortment of characters are absolutely uncanny. Such a strange cast of characters but when written together it was absolut...
  • Carol
    After a bachelorette (Hen) party, Lenora wakes up in a hospital bed badly bruised and confused with a bandaged head and memory loss; and when she overhears a devastating police conversation outside her door, she begins to piece together the nightmare of a weekend that brought her there.Based on the title, In The Dark Dark Wood and the great eerie book cover, I was hoping for creepiness and devilment in the snowy outdoors, but instead received a f...
  • Kelli
    This was a mediocre story that had all the makings of something better than it was. I would describe it as a light mystery. It wasn't a thriller. It wasn't dark or scary. The voice of the narrator was lovely, the music at the beginning and end creepy but the story itself was slow and a bit clunky at times...filled with constant chatting done by characters who were each a bit odd and behaved in a way that was both catty and juvenile. It reminded m...
  • Khadidja
    Warning !!!!! Review may contain spoilers!Damnnnnnnnnn WTF did i just read ! OMG this is so creppy and amazing :D and mindblowing wow i’m at loss of words ! This book is a crime novel: an absorbing, genious thriller in which, halfway through, a big twist upends everything. (Spoiler alert: I plan to discuss that twist below.)  The story is being told by Nora’s POV she is an author , insecure woman haunted by her past , one day she recieved a...
  • Sue1958
    ** I would like to thank Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for allowing me the copy to read and review **This makes for compulsive reading.Lee is a writer, she lives on her own.Likes to run.She gets invited out of the blue to an old friends hen do, from Flo the Matron of Honor. Something happened between her old friend and herself.They have not seen each other for around 10 years.She contacts another friend to find out if she has been invited...
  • Lindsay
    2.5 stars. This was a quick and easy read. I feel that my lack of enthusiasm for this book was largely affected by my expectations being set too high. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I really enjoyed this author, Ruth Ware's, second novel "The Woman in Cabin 10". I was expecting more of that heart-pounding, suspenseful writing that kept me on the edge of my seat, however, I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed upon finishing thi...
  • Theresa
    This is a tough one. I had high expectations for "In A Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware, but I must be honest - I'm extremely disappointed with this clunky novel. I had 2 main problems. The first being, the writing. I will say I did enjoy the plot, even though the pay-off was mediocre at best. This is the story of a hen night (bachelorette party for us Americans) in the English countryside gone awry. The beginning was fast-paced and sucked me in, bu...
  • Iris P
    In a Dark, Dark WoodWhat originally lured me to this novel was the synopsis: "what should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn", good enough. Sounded like a nice to way to immerse myself in some fluffy, brain-candy kind of story. Unfortunately my enthusiasm was short-lived.Perhaps I am on the wrong demographic for this novel, but I found this book tedious, repetitive and frankly not very original....
  • Carol
    My sincere thanks to Edelweiss and Scout Press, a division of Simon & Schuster for providing the e-galley of In a Dark, Dark Wood to be published August 4, 2015.Have you ever had a falling out with a friend that you were really tight with? That’s what happened to Lenora Shaw. Clare Cavendish had been her best friend since they were kids and then in their teen years all went to pot. Imagine her surprise when out of the blue she gets an email fro...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Seriously addictive and with such a gorgeous flow that you could easily read it in one sitting if you have a free afternoon, In a Dark Dark Wood is definitely up there with the best psychological thrillers I have read.It is beautifully character driven – to the point that even inanimate objects become characters in their own right – most especially the “dark dark house” mentioned in the blurb which takes on a life of its own and is so del...
  • Jennifer
    In a Dark, Dark Wood is a mystery/thriller novel written by author Ruth Ware. I enjoyed this reading experience so much! From the first chapter, my mind was already trying to strategically figure out the who, what, when, and why of this slow-to-be-revealed mystery. There are two parallel time frames only a few days apart from each other, and in my opinion they both contribute a grave amount of suspense. Something has happened, and snippets are re...
  • Lisa
    This book started off with a bang quick fast paced then in the middle i felt that it went into a lull then at the end it just went BANG HERE WE GO!!i must say i hated al the characters but i could not stop reading i was obsessed with what was happening & to who there was MURDER, jealousy secrets you name it this had it although i did pick the perp but that didn't bother me i did not think the characters jelled very well there was a lot of dysfunc...
  • Maxwell
    I was expecting something a little more original when picking this up. But sadly it fell into the same rote, formulaic structure of most 'unreliable narrator' murder mysteries these days. The writing was decent but definitely nothing spectacular, and it couldn't redeem the book from being anything but ordinary. It's not a bad book by any means, but if you've read Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train you won't find anything particularly special here...
  • Wendy Darling
    3.5 stars Really great for an airplane/beach type read. It unravels a bit towards the end (and pretty early on it seems clear what's happened--and definitely telegraphed by three-quarters through), so I felt a bit impatient for things to be resolved), but it's a fast-paced Agatha Christie-ish mystery that keeps your attention with an enjoyable narrative voice. Also well-plotted and written overall; it's hard to sustain suspense with first person ...
  • Cheryl
    I thought this book would be a thriller and dark. Instead it turned out to boring and the characters were chatty and got on my nerves. Instead of calling it a "Hen" party, it sound have been called a "Bitch" party. All of the ladies were bitchy and mean. The chapters are short but the book still felt like it was a long read. Nothing really happened until about mid way. Which by than I was so over the characters that I did not care what happened t...
  • Diane
    Ooh, this was a fun, spooky novel, and it was a good read before Halloween. The story is that Leonora, a writer who lives alone in London, is surprised to get an email inviting her to an old friend's "hen" weekend at a cabin in the woods (since I am not British and had to look this up, let me share that a hen party is similar to a bachelorette party). Clare was Leonora's best friend when they were children, but they haven't spoken in years. Leono...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I feel like the mystery wasn't shocking in any way, but Ware did a great job in building motive for every character so I was always wondering what the truth of things really was. A few elements felt kind of dropped, but upon reflection I can see they were included in order to justify the characters' actions and throw off the reader. I do think it was a well constructed mystery, just not that mindblowing.The plot turned out to be something totally...
  • Jessica Knoll
    Tore through this one Sunday this past summer. Flo chilled me to my bones. I KNOW a Flo. Tight writing, moments of levity sprinkled through out. Great, delicious thriller to hunker down with on a cold, cold weekend ;-)
  • Fictionophile
    Leonora Shaw is a solitary woman. She writes crime novels for a living from her miniscule flat in London. She is a runner (another solitary pursuit). She wasn't always a private, solitary person. Back at school, she had a social life, a best friend, Clare AND a boyfriend, James. Officially her name is Leonora, but Clare calls her Lee, and James always calls her Leo. Leo, Clare, and James have a secret.Then James and Leo break up. It wasn't her ch...
  • Elaine
    Nora and Clare used to be best friends but haven’t seen each other for 10 years and so Nora is a little bemused when Clare invites her to her hen weekend, to be held in a remote setting in the Northumbrian countryside. Against her initial misgivings, when she discovers a mutual friend Nora is also attending, she agrees to go and pretty soon we are immersed in a very dark, sinister story with characters who are wonderfully creepy. You wouldn’t...
  • Aslı Dağlı
    Ve bir çeviri daha bitti :) Muazzamdı. In a Dark, Dark Wood benim için gerçekten iyi bir psikolojik gerilim örneği oldu. Aslında gerek izlediğimiz filmlerden gerek okuduğumuz kitaplardan aşina olduğumuz o "kuş uçmaz kervan geçmez yerdeki ev" unsuru öylesine güzel modernize edilmişti ki bayıldım. O evin içindeki kişiler de farklı farklı kusurlara sahip, bambaşka insanlar olunca tadından yenmiyor. Öyle ki daha kitabın kap...
  • Dianne
    Lee/Nora/Leo receives an invitation to a "hen" party (bachelorette party for us U.S.'ers) for a her high school bestie, Clare, who she hasn't seen in ten years. Seems Lee/Nora/Leo has run from something in her past and is very uncomfortable at the thought of seeing Clare again and dredging up ancient history. Knowing she is probably making a mistake, she agrees to go with a mutual friend. The hen party is at a very isolated glass and steel estate...
  • Myrna
    Ruth Ware has a new fan - me! This book has lots of low ratings so I wasn't expecting much. Turned out waaaaaay better than I expected. Enjoyed the writing style and twists-it's amazing what some people are capable of. Not a scary book. More of a whodunit with secrets and lots of build up. I was not disappointed with the ending. I'm giving it five stars because it kept me totally riveted. This book is better than Girl on the Train. It's destine...
  • Bookables Heather
    I really wanted more from this book. I feel like it was more a drama book rather than a mystery. I disliked every single one of the characters in this book, they were all just rather awful in my opinion! Overall the book kept me interested & I read it fast because I wanted to know the whole story.
  • Christine
    Ruth Ware’s debut novel is amazingly good and beautifully creepy. A proper whodunnit that is just perfect for summer.Clare invites friends she has known from the past and present to her hen do. Leonora, known mostly as Nora, receives an invite and reluctantly decides to go. Nora has not seen Clare in a long time. They are not the best of friends, any more. The small group of people end up in an isolated house, in the middle of no-where in the N...
  • Kathy Worrell ツ
    4 StarsIn a Dark, Dark Wood is Ruth Ware's debut novel. The front cover describes this novel as being "a gripping thriller....that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page."The author quickly starts the story at the Glass House where you get the inside scoop on all of the characters. I would say that about half way into the story it starts to get a little spooky and unnerving. At that point I really couldn't put the b...
  • Lee
    A really engaging and riveting read. For a first time author, I am very impressed and will look out for more books by Miss Ware. Great characters, some strong and believable, some utterly awful which all combines to make this a great story. This is a psychological thriller but to me it was also a story of friendships, betrayal and the human spirit. I thought I had some idea of what had happened ten years earlier and as the story moved a long I re...