In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth WareIn A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In A Dark, Dark Wood

byRuth Ware

Paperback | July 12, 2016

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What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear...is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to a hen party in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new and a haunting realization creeps in—they are not alone in the woods.

Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?” she tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.
Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.
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Title:In A Dark, Dark WoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 0.9 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS!! This book was beautifully written, has all the right twists!
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This was one of the first books that really caught my interest and I couldn't put it down the minute I started it.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it as much as I did, but it was a total page turner. DID NOT expect the ending!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Horrifying Setting Ever I am not usually one for descriptive details, but Ruth Ware has mastered the art of creating a truly creepy locale for this page-turner. This offering reads like the scariest ghost story you remember from your childhood campfires. Without the ghosts.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Couldn't identify with the characters. Hard to believe these are adults behaving and acting this way. A little unrealistic for me. Takes a while to get used to the British slang.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steadily scary! I am a big thriller fan and this kept the suspense going from the very beginning with the email, the drive, the woods, the running and right down to the end of her visit in the hospital! You never know what is going on and there was twist after twist after twist. I tend to be quite good at seeing what is coming at the end of a book from having read so many, but with this one I had no idea!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Not the best thriller, but it was a quick, fun read.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't care for it To be fair, I read this after reading Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. It was a slow start, and what I deemed to be unnecessary. It was a little predictable and not at all as suspenseful as it was made out to be. Not bad, but definitely not great.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of her best Ruth is always a treat to read, and this book met all expectations
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow start but worth the wait! I read this book over a span of 48 hours...once it got going I couldn't put it down. Fantastic characters and a great plot, I really enjoyed Ruth Ware's writing style.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read Ruth Ware's Women in Cabin 10 first and absolutely loved it, so I figured why not try this one as well. I was not disappointed. I couldn't put the book down and it ended in a way I did not expect. She is a great author, definitely check her out!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I couldn't put this book down. There is always something going on that keeps you reading
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I found this an interesting read...clever, captivating. Moved along at a fair clip, not too fast or too slow. Entertaining cast of characters. Fun read, kept you guessing.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start but worth it! I must agree with many other reviews that the beginning of this book does start out slowing takes awhile to get exciting, but it was important to get all of the details in the slow boring part to truly understand what was happening in the exciting part. I had a feeling how the book would end but it was more of a feeling I had, not because the book was obvious at all. I really enjoyed the Woman in Cabin 10 and this one, looking forward to more form Ruth Ware! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read Slow and draggy to start but does pick up pace. Not overly fast paced at any point though not not a total disaster.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slightly Boring I picked up this book with high hopes as there were some very good reviews. I wanted a book that was going to have me on the edge of my seat--a real page turner. But I was disappointed in how long this book took to get anywhere. 150 pages in and I still felt like barely anything happened. Finally, when the plot started to twist, it was slightly intriguing, but by no means scary. I gave this book 2 stars because unfortunately it was only the last 50 pages that were exciting. If you want a real page-turning scary novel, its not this one.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very different from what I was expecting! I bought this book a while ago, and started reading it immediately! There were so many twists and turns, and I practically devoured the book whenever I could. It was really good! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joy ride of a thriller you won't be able to put down This book was insanely creepy and had you guessing until the last minute. An incredible, high octane, juicy thriller.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will definately recommend!! I love to read suspenseful books, i usually read them at night to sleep, strange i know. I had to force myself to put this one down, if not I probably wouldn't have gotten up for work the next morning.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I really emjoy the variety of characers in this bok
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the variety of characters the characters were all such amazing different personalities ! Not one of my favourite books of hers but deff a great novel
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright Somewhat enjoyable but plot is lacking thrill. Definitely not as good as her other books.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable page turner A fun, suspenseful read with and interesting group of characters.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars for a reason! As I've said before I have a love hate relationship with Ruth Ware. She is fantastic at setting a scene, making you create elaborate productions through out her books and this book was everything it needed to be to keep me interested and so so much more. She hit this one on the head! Great book that everyone who loves mystery or thriller.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun better than most mysteries
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very, very good suspens! This was everything I was wishing for when a bought this book!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't offer much on a re-read I bought this book to read on a long plane trip and it was good enough for that. Very suspenseful, good at hinting to things early on to get you intrigued but once you know 'who dun it' it's all basically over. Maybe in a few years when I forget everything about this book will it have something else to offer, but as it is it didn't leave me with anything. I've read The Women in Cabin 10 and have the same opinion about it. I don't think I'll be reading The Lying Game, unless I can pick up a cheap Mass Market edition. I will watch the movie though.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book, cannot wait for the movie! I read this book in a day, it is a great who done it. I kept changing my mind about who I thought was guilty. I was very surprised at the end.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book was one of my summer reads! Definitely a page turner with twists to keep the ending in question. Ruth Ware became one of my favourites after reading this book.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Really enjoyed the plot at all times
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Better than the woman in cabin 10. Pretty interesting read!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Woman in Cabin 10 A good read. A bit predictable as someone else mentioned.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really, really liked this book After I read it, borrowed by two others who also enjoyed. It's proof you can still write a good book without having a ton of "not safe for work" bits in there! I can't decide which book I liked more, this or The Woman in Cabin 10.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I love this novel by Ruth Ware. As a lover of thrillers, this novel was an excellent read. I found the twists within the novel very unpredictable. Ruth Ware is an excellent writer with her use of dialogue and descriptive language. She also does an excellent job at developing the characters. You never know which characters to trust and which not to. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading thrillers!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adrenaline rush I have had this book on my to read list for what has seemed like forever. Once I started and I question why it took me this long. Could not put it down, this book is an absolute must read.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Awesome book! Keeps you interested from the very first page!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool just okay, not the best but still good!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Definitely judge this book by its amazing cover.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I am absolutely loving this (trend? Subgenre?) of women-led thrillers with unreliable narrators. Gone Girl, The Widow, Girl on the Train - when I saw this was compared to those I had to pick it up and I have no regrets. I didn't have time to finish the last 40 pages last night and spent all night obsessing over finding out what happened.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay It was an okay read. I didn't find it scary and it took awhile for the tension to build up. I also found it was a bit predictable but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not scary I found I wanted to keep reading this book but was let down by it. I picked it up because I wanted to read a scary book but I found it a bit too soft and predictable.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay This was my first experience with Ruth Ware's writing, and I liked it. I liked how the tension slowly built, but about halfway through I had already guessed the ending, so I was just waiting for the events to happen. Overall, still a really good read, but I wish it hadn't been so predictable.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I just loved this book. It kept me wanting more and i loved the characters. I can't wait to read her next book...if its anything like this! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sometimes you just gotta let people from the past go! Or some messed up stuff might go down... This book is a prime example for happy endings without the happy! (who else felt so broken at the end of this story?) I love a good thriller and this one had me asking so many questions and still has me spinning. If ever wondered what it would be like to know a complete psycho - this book is for you! So good.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, keeps you interested I read this book after being hooked on Ruth Ware after reading the woman in cabin 10. This was another great book by Ruth. Hooks you and keeps you wanting more. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read This was an addicting story that had me interested until the last page! #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a fantastic book! I bought it a couple of months ago but got no time to read it until this a few days before. There are so less books that interests me but I absolutely loved reading this book! The twists are right on point and the plot was very nicely done!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This one had me guessing the whole time. I was really captivated by the characters and could hardly wait to see how everything would unfold. Quite the ride of a story! Would definitely recommend reading it!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a good book! Bachelorette party gone off the tracks! WOW, I was totally enthralled with this story. Both loved and hated the characters, in a good way. It had all the cattiness of high school in a grown up world. This story will be vividly embossed into my mind for years to come.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this, I couldn't put this book down. It was well written and kept me in suspense. What could possibly go wrong at a weekend bachorlette party? You must read it to find out!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Wasn't expecting the turn of events to happen the way that they did. Very good read that holds your attention!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very readable and exciting I thought that this book might be creepy, but it wasn't. It was the perfect mix of predictability and unexpected turns.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Let down I was so excited to read this book! I wanted a book that would really scare me which is why I picked this one up. It was the total opposite of scary! It kept me reading but I did not find it to be much of a thriller. It was very predictable and not very challenging. It was a big let down for me.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense! Keeps you on the edge of your seat and hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense! Keeps you on the edge of your seat!!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable, but still good Storyline was a little predicable. Not as "scary" as I would have thought, the suspense was still there. Not hard to read.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book was fantastic from start to finish; I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it - Until I Guessed The End I was seriously hooked from the first page with this thriller. I honestly could not put it down. I have read both of Ruth Ware's books and I enjoy her writing style as it very much reminds me of Gillian Flynn (the Queen). However, this book was SO predictable. You have it figured it out by the middle of the book... I ended up just reading to get through it and say I finished it but it does get boring when you realize you know the ending.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from predictable storyline The narrator had me frustrated with the way she remembered things and i saw the ending coming at around the middle of the book. It's an interesting story altogether, but I did not feel Ware executed the mystery as well as she could have.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Think again I really did enjoy this book. Suspenseful and on edge curiosity of what happens next.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from crazy! this reads very well, super easy to follow and it is addictive but its sort of easy to tell whats coming next and the ending was kind of blah in my opinion. its going to be interesting to see how the movie turns out.... the book was just good not great! #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down Read the whole book in an afternoon! Loved it
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it Really enjoyed this book. full of suspense.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and twisty I heard this was a good read and was it ever! Suspenseful and fast-paced from start to finish
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was an OK book I did enjoy this book but it did not have as much suspense as I was expecting from reading others people's reviews. I found it a little predictable. But an overall good read.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I read Woman in Cabin 10 prior to reading this novel and loved it so immediately after reading Woman in Cabin 10 I went out and bought this book with high expectations. I can't say I didn't like it because I did but for me it didn't keep me on edge or fill me with as much as suspense as her other book. I have and will continue to recommend this book and author to my friends/family but overall just for me wasn't as good as her other.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I could not put this book down. So many twist and turns. Great story:)
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read it I have been told this is a wonderful novel. Can't wait to read it.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing A psychological thriller with diabolical undertones.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining. I gobbled this book up in about 4 hours straight. It was good. Quick and easy. Will go see the movie. Better than The Woman in Cabin 10.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A good, quick, suspenseful read.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I loved this action packed novel. There were many plot twists and just like the Woman in Cabin 10 I didn't see the ending coming!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It was funny, sadistic and captivating throughout. That ending though is what really made me believe in it being similar to books like Gone Girl. WOW!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Read Loved this book and although it wasn't scary it did have me wanting to find out how it all played out.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent book This was a great book. I can't wait to see the movie.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Everything by Ruth Ware I find so interesting and usually have a hard time putting down! This was no exception, it would make an excellent movie. The description of the story made me feel like I was in the house with them. So spooky!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Very well written, kept me on edge the whole time I was reading !
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Really enjoyed book...couldn't put down
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! What a great first novel. I read this on a 4 day trip and finished it in 3 sittings. You have your own suspicions the whole way through and are still thoroughly surprised by the outcome
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first book Lots of suspense and guessing. It was interesting to watch it all unfold and had a lot of great twists.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Literally could not put this down until I finished!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling An outstanding book to read. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling I absolutely loved this book. It left me with goosebumps.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good, but not great. It was a fun read, but was definitely not a terrifying book at all. It was slightly suspenseful, but that was it.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So disappointed I was so disappointed throughout the entire book. After reading a number of reviews I decided to pick it up, all I wanted was an easy read that kept my attention long enough so I could binge read in a few days. The story didn't start to get remotely interesting until after 200 pages, and was downright horrible. I'm sorry, I won't be recommending this to anyone.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable I read this book with little expectations so when I found it a bit anti-climatic (until the last few chapters) and predictable, I wasn't surprised nor disappointed. The writing was very fluid and flowed well.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This book is so easy to binge read! It kept me captivated and guessing from the very beginning to the very end!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK for me Although the writing was really fluid and the story was at first compelling, I found that the story plot was a bit juvenile. It's an easy read if that's what you are looking for but it lacks substance for my taste.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but lacked something... Pretty suspenseful at times but never scary. Hoping the woman in cabin 10 is better! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Much enjoyed! I purchased this book on a whim, the genre is getting pretty large pretty fast and I find I can predict how the end is going to be twisted around. If you haven't read many like this it's a great read, where I have read a few too many I find them a bit predictable. All together a great writer, good story and the well expected twist at the end was solid.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good book Not the best book, but it was ok. It was a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This book came highly recommended and the synopsis made it sound like something I would typically enjoy. Unfortunately this novel fell flat. The story was predictable and characters shallow and unlikeable. Is was, thankfully, a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense and Suspenseful! I really enjoyed this book! I had also read The Woman in Cabin 10, and I personally liked this one more. The protagonist was flawed, introverted, and relatable in many ways. I found myself questioning every single person at the bachelorette party, and I couldn't put the book down until I knew what happened that night. It's the perfect book if you're looking for something mysterious, suspenseful, and dark!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somwhat Predictable I enjoyed this read despite it becoming somewhat predictable at times. It was still suspenseful for the most part. A decent book to cuddle up to on a cold night. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good thriller! Intriguing and easy to read. I enjoyed it, but did not find the denouement all that surprising.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and interesting Not usually into mysterious such as these, but i really enjoyed this book! The characters, the surprising plot line, the complex and subtle dialogue. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointment! This book had such a great views, so I thought this is going to be good. I finished this book very quick it was definitely a page turner, because the author writing style was very comfortable. The cover suggested that this book is very scary and unpredictable, keeps you on the edge of the seat. I don't know what kind of drug these people were on when they read this book, but it wasn't scary at all.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very suspensful this was a great read. very suspenseful and a thrilling conclusion
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable I found this to be a big disappointment. It was drawn out, predictable and lacked excitement. Big difference from the authors other book "The Woman in Cabin 10" which i couldn't put down. This one i could put down easily. If you can borrow it or get it a the library then read it.....don't waste your money to purchase it.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT STORY! The suspense was thrilling and keeps you guessing the whole time! I highly recommend this book! Could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Was kept in suspense throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This was a true thriller. I read it closely but could not figure it out until the conclusion hit me like a sledgehammer. I recommend this book
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy This book kept me guessing until the very end. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scrumptious This book was a delicious read. Didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! If you have a whole weekend to yourself, this is the book for you. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and you won't want to put it down! however i do recommend reading the authors second book Woman in Cabin 10 before this one, only because i find this one has more of an eerie mystery.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Dark Wood Lots of skeletons in this closet. This was a book I didn't want to put down!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I bought this after I had bought The Woman in Cabin 10, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Ruth Ware did not disappoint! There was just enough suspense to keep you guessing and the entire sinisterness (lol not a word, but works) and secrets of each other characters was intense. I liked that the clues were small and it was difficult to guess what happened until the very end. I was a bit unsure of the ending and how the Matt character was supposed to fit in - or not I guess. Overall, great read!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! Bought this after I read Woman in Cabin 10, and I loved it! Great author, could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I picked this book up after reading Woman in Cabin 10 and I was not disappointed. The suspense and twists kept you guessing until the very end - definitely wasn't expecting the ending. It was definitely a "just one more chapter" type read!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Kept me guessing - great ending! Well worth the read!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a story! A nice addition to your library.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful While this book wasn't quite the page turner others in this genre are (The Girl on the Train, etc.) I still found myself quite hooked by this book. There were twists that kept me guessing and the ending was quite unexpected.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful, not scary as advertised Great plot, fantastic characters. I really enjoyed this novel overall. Not scary as reviews suggest, but suspenseful and keeps your interest from start to finish. I'll be interested to see what they do with the movie.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting and interesting This was an exciting and interesting novel, it had some great parts leading to the conclusion.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable My headline says it all. Many better options in this genre.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read loved reading this book and would recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I stumbled across this book while browsing in the store. I was immediately intrigued by its claims of being so scary. I was a little disappointed because I found myself reading chapter after chapter waiting for something incredibly scary to happen. In the end it turned out to be scary in the sense of not being able to remember what happened leading up to some horrible events. Good twist at the end but I felt like the book's description was a little misleading.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! After reading The woman in Cabin 10 I had to read her first debut book and I just loved it. Hope to read more from this author :)
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it I found this to be a real page turner. Couldn't get enough, liked how it kept me guessing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from :\ Not sure how I feel about this book. Although I know for a fact that I would never pay full price for this book. It was predictable for the most part and I feel like read/seen a similar premise elsewhere. Note to self: never trust a very very beautiful friend :)
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ehhh This was okay...I preferred the woman in cabin 10 more
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok Nothing exceptional, not a bad read but overall nothing stood out about it.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read A true oage turner, will kepp you up all night!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok This book is a page turner, but I found that eventually I was just skimming this book to get through it. I would however recommend this to r adders who like fast paced thrillers.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Couldn't figure it out which drove me insane...but it a very good way.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad The story and the characters were good and enjoyable but nothing wow
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining, but not amazing Entertaining enough, but the writing isn't exceptional.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a page-turner! * I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. * I REALLY enjoyed this book! Ruth Ware is so gifted at developing strong characters with a well-paced story, I was quickly drawn into this book & didn't want to stop reading once I started! And despite the story carrying multiple characters nearly right from the beginning, each is so well-developed, I did not have a problem mixing them up or getting confused (which so often happens with weak writers). Rather, each is so real & unique, it's almost like you actually know them. Overall, I loved the main character a lot and I felt her emotional development along with the story (yay!). The pace was perfect (page-turner! Yes, it IS 2am and I just finished! Lol). I like to think myself rather clever but I was just as perplexed about the ultimate resolution as the MC was -- though this was not done in a cheap, info dump (which I hate, that is lazy writing) -- no, Ruth Ware does it beautifully by snaking it into the story in a way that makes sense & is realistic & satisfying. I loved it. SO looking forward to her next book!!!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Creepy Page-Turner The tone and atmosphere of this book really made the story that much more eerie. While reading it, I truly felt like I was actually in the house in the woods with the rest of the characters. This was a quick and fun read by a very talented author. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I kept getting mixed reviews for this book but its a not bad book.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from captivating Great read! I would recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from sounds scary too the title sounds creepy, not a fan
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This book was pretty good, a little bit of a twist at the end.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I liked reading this book, little predictable at times but a fun read
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! Actually rated 4.5/5 stars I really enjoyed this book, I picked it up last minute before leaving for a trip. I didn't know anything about it, I had seen the cover and read the first few lines of the blurb and thought it looked interesting. I didn't expect it to end up being as good as it was though! The plot isn't anything ground breaking and the characters aren't super memorable, but it has some of my favorite elements throughout it. I'm an absolute sucker for an unreliable narrator and that is exactly what we get in Nora. I'm also a sucker for creepy vibes and a good old fashioned mystery and that's what this book is all about. It took twists and turns that I wasn't expecting and the ending really surprised me. I loved Ware's writing style, the pacing was great and I flew through the book. I'm really looking forward to reading her other books soon!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I did enjoy this book and it was a really quick read. I found it eerie at times but not to the extent of other reviews that I heard. The characters were quite interesting but I found the plot a bit predictable. It was still worth reading and I look forward to her other works. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong story telling A quick read that grabs your from the first page. Enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy to read mystery #plumreview I found the main character fairly interesting which made me want to finish the book. At times it dragged and the ending was fairly predictable.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A decent, albeit predictable thriller Ruth Ware and I have lived parallel lives. I, too, have worked as a waitress, EAL teacher and bookseller. Okay, I may have never been an official book publicist, but I could argue that I sell books all the time by talking about them here and in my classroom and on the radio. I have not, however, written a much-lauded “instant New York Times bestseller.” Crap. Leonora (also known as Lee and Nora and Leo) is a reclusive and slightly odd mystery writer who lives in a small flat in London. One day she receives an email invitation to a weekend bridal shower (a “hen” night) for her once best friend, Clare. The invitation is puzzling to Nora because she hasn’t seen Clare in a decade and it seems as though they may have ended things on relatively awkward terms. The invitation to the party starts Nora’s trip down memory lane, but it’s not a journey she takes willingly. "Clare had been my friend. My best friend, for a long time. And yet I’d run, without looking back, without even leaving a number. What kind of friend did that make me?" There’s only one other name Nora recognizes on the invite list: Nina da Souza. Nora reaches out and the two women make an “I’ll go if you go” pact. This is how they end up in the middle of the woods at a house that seems “as if it had been thrown down carelessly by a child tired of playing with some very minimalist bricks.” For someone used to living in close quarters in the middle of a huge city, Nora finds the location of Clare’s hen night “painfully exposed.” There’s a reason the place is called ‘The Glass House.’ The party’s host is Clare’s best friend from university, Flo. The other attendees are Melanie, a new mother and Tom, the token gay friend. When Nina and Nora arrive, Clare is not yet there. The whole event is awkward and fraught with tension. Ware intersperses the hen night shenanigans with the aftermath of the weekend. Nora wakes up and “everything hurts. The light in my eyes, the pain in my head. There’s a stench of blood in my nostrils, and my hands are sticky with it.” There are police officers outside her hospital room door and someone is dead. I enjoyed reading In a Dark, Dark Wood, but I sure wish people would stop comparing every psychological thriller/mystery to Gone Girl. This book is nothing like Gone Girl. That’s not a criticism, by the way. Ware doesn’t waste time with verbosity; this book moves along lickity split. Nora is a perfectly serviceable character, although not particularly endearing. There are plenty of creepy moments – as you’d expect in the fishbowl of a location. The book has “blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon (an early fan of the novel)” written all over it.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light thriller I would describe In a Dark, Dark Wood as being a light thriller. An easy read full of suspense.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Read Wasn't shocked by the ending but still it was interesting enough to get through it quick.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Whodunit? Not a bad read. I just couldn't relate to the main character and how she managed to find herself in the predicament that she did. Otherwise, the story does have a nice little twist that the reader may not have been expecting.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An underwhelming thriller that was too slow for too long and didn't quite have the ending worthy of such a slow paced set up. In a dark, dark wood follows Nora, a reclusive writer, as she's invited to a hen weekend for a former best friend she hasn't spoken to in years. She reluctantly agrees to go, along with another friend she keeps in contact with briefly. The weekend takes place in a secluded cabin with 5 other people. Something devastating happens and Nora cannot remember. Overall, I was kind of disappointed with this book. The first 3/4 of the book were incredibly slow and drawn out. The author was setting up the last act and reveal of the book throughout the first 3/4, but it was so mundane and slow. The book is told from Nora's perspective as she tries to remember what transpired that weekend and who died. What I loved most about this book was how the author set up Nora to be an unreliable narrator. I kept going back and forth between believing her and thinking her guilty. Without that, I would have given the book two starts instead of three. The other characters in the book are nicely written. Each with their own motives and each with their own sketchy behaviors. As for the final act, I wouldn't have guessed it if I had to pick someone at the beginning of the novel. However, near the beginning of the conclusion I worked it out. Another reason I gave the book a three star rating is because of something revealed in the final pages of the book. I won't go into detail, but I thought it was very clever. Overall, in a dark, dark wood was an underwhelming thriller that was too slow for too long and didn't quite have the ending worthy of such a slow paced set up.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was hard to finish I almost gave up on this book and I'm glad I didn't because the ending was the best part. I seen it coming a mile away, but still an alright story. I wouldn't say it's scary as the cover claims, but it was in the genre of psychological thriller. Didn't thrill me as much as I would have liked, but it was ok.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining Brit Lit Suspenseful at first but by the time the big reveal is near, you will have figured it out. It's still a great read and flows just like a movie, not surprising it'll be on the big screen.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So so I made the mistake of stretching this book out for far too long and reading it only when I could swing it at work. I think if I had read it in longer sittings I would have appreciated it more. The plot is supposed to be suspenseful and "chilling", yet I didn't get that overall feeling. I'll give the author credit since they kept me guessing until the end. We'll see how the movie fares!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Wait for the Movie I read In a Dark Dark Wood in three sittings. This book was an absolute page turner! I loved the character Nina. It had all the emotions: excited, sad, worried, nervous, anger and laughter. However, I wish we could have had a perspective from James. I feel the ending was a little bit rushed, but still satisfying. I can't wait for the movie and see how it plays out.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay Didn't love it, but it was okay
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't quite deliver Quick and easy read. I was interested by the premise, and there were moments of good suspense however I found it a little lacking. I found Nora's motivation/character wasn't very believable for me.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will be a good movie I read this book really quickly. It was interesting and thrilling. I think it will make a good movie
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! It starts off slow but gets interesting about half way through. Ending wasn't that great but overall the whole idea was well thought out! Lots of twists and turns but gets repetitive as the main character tries to remember events.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. This book started out a bit slow for me. Off and on it would grab my interest but then some parts would seem a bit too slow. It felt like the plot was supposed to build suspense on the slower parts but for me it just didn't deliver in that sense. I liked some of the characters and the lightness that some of them brought to the story like Nina with her wit and Tom. Certain parts like Clare saying <spoiler>"Oops." And smiling after Nora realizes she drugged her. As passive-aggressively psychotic as that was,</spoiler> it was actually one of my favourite parts of the book haha. The big twists were quite surprising and the story succeeds in the mystery aspect. Overall I've given this book three stars.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book #plumreview. This was a very enjoyable read. It kept me guessing and entertained until the end.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It wasnt as good as expected This was an okay read. It started off really well and the general idea of the story was good but got a bit bored of it the more it got into it and I really had expected it to be a lot better considering the hype surronding it.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I did not enjoy it that much. The writing was easy to get into and it flowed, but there was not much of an interesting story to get behind.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book Even though I thought I figured out who was behind it, I had to keep reading to see if I was right. Very glad I did. This is one that I would recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book and have provided below an honest review. This book yanks you in from the beginning, slowly gives you clues along the way, and doesn't pull any punches. I was enthralled with the way the story was told and how the conclusion came about. But I did think there were some pacing issues and that took a bit away from the story for me. I do think this one has a rereadability factor and I have convinced my family members to read it, so that's a win. I liked the way this novel was set up with the flashing between the present and the night in question. I especially liked the way that Nora felt as though maybe she was "editing" herself and how scared she became that she did the unthinkable. I was flip-flopping between who I thought set it up but I was right in the end. I thought the reveal was a little awkwardly done and I feel like the motives behind it came out of the blue, imo. We didn't really get to see this part of their personality and I feel like it was almost a cop-out to have the extra tidbit thrown in at the end about how they had done it before. I would have liked a bit more time spent at the end on how the ramp up occurred. I really liked Nora and her whole dynamic with everyone at the hen party (which are called doe parties in Canada. British lingo!) I liked that Nora kinda "relapsed" into her 16 year old self here and acknowledges this but still is her present self. I thought she was a really strong character and I did like that she had emotions and feelings and wasn't portrayed as being weak for having them. I also liked that she mentioned how she had low self-esteem but was working on it because that made her character feel that much more real. Overall I really liked this one. I thought it had a lot of good stuff and the plot arc made sense. It was a quick read for me because it was a real page turner. I recommend this one for fans of The Girl on the Train and Still Mine!
Date published: 2016-11-11

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In a Dark, Dark Wood chapter 1 It hurts. Everything hurts. The light in my eyes, the pain in my head. There’s a stench of blood in my nostrils, and my hands are sticky with it. “Leonora?” The voice comes dim through a fog of pain. I try to shake my head; my lips won’t form the word. “Leonora, you’re safe—you’re at the hospital. We’re taking you to have a scan.” It’s a woman, speaking clearly and loudly. Her voice hurts. “Is there anyone we should be calling?” I try again to shake my head. “Don’t move your head,” she says. “You’ve had a head injury.” “Nora,” I whisper. “You want us to call Nora? Who’s Nora?” “Me . . . my name.” “All right, Nora. Just try to relax. This won’t hurt.” But it does. Everything hurts. What has happened? What have I done?

Editorial Reviews

“The best thing about In A Dark, Dark Wood is the eerie atmosphere it creates for this ill-fated weekend, never overwrought, just ominous enough, the glass house where the guests are trapped ‘dark and silent, blending into the trees, almost invisible.’”