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

In a Dark, Dark Wood

byRuth Ware

Mass Market Paperback | February 27, 2018

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A weekend away deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in this suspenseful and compulsive debut psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to yourself.

Leonora (Lee to some, Nora to others) is a reclusive writer, but when an old friend unexpectedly invites her to a weekend away in an eerie glass house, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But a haunting realization creeps in to the party: they are not alone in the woods.

Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed 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. In order to uncover secrets and reveal motives, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she’d rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the vein of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this gripping thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.
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. Ruth's second novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, becam...
Title:In a Dark, Dark WoodFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.5 × 4.12 × 1 inPublished:February 27, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast Read I mostly enjoyed this book, It felt slightly predictable by the end, though there were some twists that still surprised me. I like this author though and would read other books written by her.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A long long way there This was Ruth Ware's first published novel and since her second (The Woman in Cabin 10) remains one of the best thrillers I've read, going back to her first novel only made sense. I was somewhat expecting a slow beginning, just like in "Cabin 10," and Ruth Ware knows how to describe people, places and things in a very interesting way when you can see the whole scene happening in your mind, but I have to say that the set-up went on for way too long in this book. There are tiny hints that something might be happening soon dropped here and there, but still pretty vague and you'll need to get to page 200 until the mystery/crime really takes center stage instead of the central character which, in an odd way, almost feels like a secondary character in that plot twist, It is still very well written and is a good "slow" read, but definitely not a page turner. However. I must admit that one is more likely to feel invested in and care about the leading lady in this novel than in her following book. For those who are looking for a good thriller with lots of suspense, I'd still pick "Woman in Cabin 10" over this one.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me on my toes Ware's writing style is quite simple, but kept me on my toes nonetheless with the suspense she develops through the novel.The flip-flop nature of the book takes some time to get used to, but it adds to the overall effect of the story.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down This is a great read for a stormy night or a weekend. Suspenseful, hard to put down and just a great read overall.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book, I read it in 2 days. I had a hard time putting it down and couldn't predict the ending. This is my favourite by Ruth Ware and I can't wait to see the movie.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING NOVEL! I really could not put this book down. Ruth Ware is my new favourite author and I can't wait to read more of her work. This book has some good twists and turns-making you think one thing, then you have to change your mind. This novel is suspenseful, thrilling, lots of twists but you also feel sadness and hurt for the main character in the end. Great read, would highly recommend!!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUCH A GOOD READ! I could not put this book down, every turning page was more interesting than the last. It will get you hooked so fast!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I absolutely love this book. First time reading one of Ruth Ware's books and i was completely hooked on it. I couldn't put it down the whole Road trip!
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic Ware Went from one Ruth Ware book to the next to this one...thoroughly enjoyed my "binge read". This book was another excellent suspense book, maybe not quite as suspenseful as the first two I read (Lying Game, Woman in Cabin 10) but still could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This novel kept me up at night. Such a great page turner
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Definitely not as scary as Reese thought, but I enjoyed it. I was able to visualize everything as it was happening and it had me hooked with every new chapter. 10/10 would read again
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I'm a little puzzled at the high reviews for this one. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible by any means, but it's certainly not all that spectacular. The story is nothing we haven't seen before, and quite frankly I did not think the characters were well-drawn or fleshed out. They all felt a little two-dimensional and cliche for my liking. The plotline seems a little tired, and Reese Witherspoon must scare awfully easily (see the quote on the front), as I was not scared or even thrilled throughout the novel. However, if you are looking for a quick read that doesn't require a lot of thought, it's alright.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hooked me after the first page! I love Ruth Ware. Her writing catches me right away. After the first page I didn't want to put the book down.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Once I started reading it was hard to put it down. Expected the storyline to be more of a fright, but this kept my interest and really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was recommended to me by a staff member at my local Chapters/Indigo store. I was looking for an easy reading thriller as I was looking for a book I could read quickly while commuting to and from work and this book had me hooked! I finished in two days and would only put this book down after I finished my commute, ate, bathed and then stayed up past my bed time reading this. It definitely was a little bit predictable, but I would still recommend this book to a friend looking for something similar.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast paced, enjoyed! This is the first book I've read by this author. I really enjoyed this book, kept me guessing until the end. I couldn't put it down! Read it in two days. Perfect vacation read.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mystery Thriller I enjoyed reading this book. It might have been a tad predictable but it still manages to keep you on edge.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I couldn't put it down right from the start, would for sure recommend! Did not find it very scary, just a good thriller.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is totally amazing. Couldn't put it own. Was exciting right to the end. The kind of book you wish would never end.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Thriller! I absolutely loved this book! I have a hard time finding good thrillers, as I find most fairly predictable, but this was not the case with this book. This book was exciting and kept me on my toes the whole time. Anyone who loves thrillers should definitely pick this book up!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I bought this book a few weeks ago and read it one sitting. As I got into the story, I just couldn't put the book down. This book is a real page-turner. If you're looking for a well-written thriller, you won't be disappointed! #PlumRewards
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an amazing read! I read this book at the beginning of the year and was blown away. I wish I didn't take so long to read it. The dark coolness of the house the characters were staying at was so real I felt I was really there. The main character was very repeatable to me and yet so different. I loved how the book alternated time points from the character's perspective that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a very easy fast paced read, which I devoured in two or three days. I would highly recommend this book to others.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from new favourite author amazing read. wasn't expecting much but pleasantly surprised. Don't know why people were expecting to be 'scared'. There's a difference between thriller and horror.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick beach read Overall, I found this book entertaining, but the ending was a bit predictable. And I wasn't as scared as it promised.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! Definitely enjoyed this novel! It was little slow to begin with but once it picked up I couldn't put it down! Easy to read and twisty, just the way I like my books!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! This is a nice short read. Not as thrilling as The Woman in Cabin 10, but still good.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it I found it a little slow at the beginning. But then it got really good where I didn't want to stop reading. Not as scary as I thought it was going to be, still a pretty good read. My first book to read by this author, will be reading more from her.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A great read. Scary, but not in the way that was brought up by others. Hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not too shabby... It was a good read, not quite the scare factor that it was hyped up to be but I definitely had a hard time putting it down and looked forward to each chance I had to read it. Worth the read for sure!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was a good read. It did make me want to keep reading on. However, it was lacking the suspence and 'thrill' that I was anticipating to read.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Not as scary as I thought it would be but was definitely an amazing read nonetheless! Very ominous feel throughout the book that just kept me on the edge of my seat because i just wanted to find out what happens!!
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very hard to get into. not as good as the woman in cabin 10. Had a hard time finding the moment where I got immersed into the story line.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not at all scary The book did not scare me until the end, when it gave me a bit of a chill. I feel like i've read this plot in other books, mainly teen books, but instead of highschool girls these are twenty somethings. But, the plot IS based on what happened when they were teenagers. It's also been done in too many movies, so it is very predictable. That being said, I still enjoyed the book, mainly because I liked the characters. It was Nina who became my ultimate favorite character, and probably the reason I kept reading. Flo was my absolute least favorite, but her character kept me reading to find out more about her obsession with Clare. I kept developing stories in my head of their strange relationship, which I found the author to be lacking in details, which was disappointing.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK This book was a great read...kept you wondering what was going to happen next!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT read! This needs to be a movie!! A great book, had me hooked from the first page, on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. Incredibly suspenseful!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! This book is reminiscent of an Agatha Christa murder mystery novel, although not quite as well written, especially in term of character development. The killer's true identity is a surprise, which makes the story worth reading.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good... I read this book after reading Ruth Ware's Woman in Cabin 10. Overall, a good read. Not as scary as the title and book cover but definitely yes, I would recommend.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slowest book ever This book dragged on forever with characters that don't even want to be there either.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME READ Full of mystery and suspense, will keep you on the edge the whole time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Full of mystery and intrigue - the characters were solid and diabolical and the plot was twisted in more ways than one.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Really enjoyed this book, very fast read. Interesting plot, good ending. I liked the way the author presented all the characters and told their stories. Great description of the setting - you'll have some chills running down your spine.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! This book was a quick read because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! It was impressively written and kept you on edge the whole time. I must admit I saw the ending coming but definitely not for the reasons it did. 100% recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is my favourite Ruth Ware book to date, loved it from start to finish! Great story line, great characters and awesome setting!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner! I picked this book up because I loved the cover. While in line to purchase the book, the lady in front of me said that she loved it and it was a great book so I felt confident in my choice and I was not disappointed. It started off a little slow but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down! I found the story line so captivating and absolutely loved the character Nora. This is definitely one of my new favourite books and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Great book. Awesome characters, good storyline... I couldn't put it down. In my opinion, way better than The Girl in Cabin 10.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In a dark dark wood What a great book!!!! Can't wait to read the rest of her books!!!
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Fun I kept seeing disappointing reviews of this book, but loved The Woman In Cabin 10. I really enjoyed this one too... sure, not the MOST shocking ending, but good fun!
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay In a nutshell: it's a fast read. It's good but a bit predictable.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Disappointed - predictable. Fast read if you want something to fly through.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Definitely a page-turner, author does a good job of creating a very creepy, tense atmosphere. A bit predictable at the end, but overall a quick and entertaining read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed this book enough to say it was pretty good. Plot twists and a little mystery to keep you on edge made it a quick and fairly good read.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Good read as a strictly thriller reader I found it a bit predictable but over all very well written!!!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! My favourite new author! The story line keeps you guessing and the characters are interesting. A great page-turner. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! This book kept me reading, finished it in just a few days. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page-turner! I was quite surprised to find a new favourite author in Ware when I picked up this book. It was quite captivating from the start and was a very quick read, though there was a lot of information packed in there. Most of the characters were pretty good and pretty believable, though a couple lacked depth. There were twists and turns right up to the end and I would definitely recommend it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book on a whim and it was the best choice. I couldn't put it down, reading it every chance I got
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent a must read for all those who love suspense and thrillers. Perfect for the subway ride.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I bought this book during a stop in Indigo and I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family! As I had already read The Woman in Cabin 10, I was excited and I had very high hopes for this novel, and my expectations were all met! Ware keeps you on your toes the entire time. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This This was my first Ruth Ware novel. It kept me on my toes until the end. Great story!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! I couldn't put this book down. Very very strong writing
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Ruth Ware's writing style is superb. It was incredible hard to put down and there was no end to the guessing and twists that the book creates!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a favourite!! I read this book in a day and a half because I could not put it down. I wouldn't say its as scary as the description makes it sound but it's definitely full of suspense. Extremely well written! One of the best I have read in a while
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enrapturing Like other reviewers, I found this book hard to put down. It gets you hooked from the start. Although on the cover it says that it's scary, I didn't find it that frightening....but it is suspenseful and keeps you guessing. You won't be able to quit reading until you find out the truth!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love! I could not put this book down. I read it in 2 days; I probably would've finished it in 1 if I didn't have so much going on. The author provides a great visual for all of the characters and the overall scenery of the area in which the bachelorette party took place. I think this novel would make a good movie. Overall it was a great novel that kept you on your toes until the very end.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I bought this book last week and could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-29

Read from the Book

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.’”