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

In a Dark, Dark Wood

byRuth Ware

Paperback | January 1, 2019

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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.

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.

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:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:January 1, 2019Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501193481

ISBN - 13:9781501193484

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! If you are a fan of thrillers and suspense, you MUST read this book! A dark, and twisted plot develops as a hen party escapes for a weekend of fun. Both old, and new friends of the bride come together to give her a fun- filled weekend before the nuptials. When the guests start meeting each other they are all very different, and it is hard to imagine what they could all have in common with the bride to be. Clear you afternoon, sit down with your favourite beverage, and dive into this book right away! If you have never read anything by Ruth Ware, what are you waiting for? Also check out, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Lying Game!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great cast of characters The story was interesting, though not anything groundbreaking. The characters were fun to read about.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from predictable Saw the plot twist coming a mile away. Still not a bad novel by any means, but if you're looking for an insanely dark and twisty thriller, look elsewhere.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! This was the first of Ware's books I read and I loved her style. An easy, fast paced read and I could not put it down. Just as I thought I'd worked it out, it took a completely different turn. Looking forward to more from Ware. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! After reading The Woman in Cabin 10 I had to read Ruth Ware's debut novel and it did not disappoint. Can't wait for more from Ruth Ware. I love her writing style, it's easy and well paced. Her books are a page turner. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Debut Actually rated 4.5/5 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: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I don't usually read this type of book but i'm so glad I did! It was a great book, I highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book kept me on my toes the whole time! I never knew where it was going to take me. Loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-12

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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.’”