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 ...more
Pessimistically, this is what I…moreI like to think that she deleted it. She seems to prefer her solitude... or at least she tells us over and over again.
Pessimistically, this is what I assume, because I don't think she's emotionally mature enough to handle a relationship when, for ten years, she is still pining over a six-month teenage love affair that was also incidentally the best sex of her life. (less)
After she leaves, I honestly expected to read of her not returned home and having the others stumble upon her corpse later on - or - finding out that her 'leaving' was all an excuse and that she was secretly in cahoots with Clare and her plan. Just a gratuitous character, I'm guessing? (hide spoiler)]
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 of loser is so affected by an adolescent relations ...more
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 the cover and epigraph seem to suggest:
In a dark, d ...more
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 - yet they came across as judgemental, bitchy, und ...more
It was growing dark, and somehow the shadows made it feel as if all the trees had taken a collective step towards the house, edging in to shut out the sky.Ten years ago, Leonora ("Lee" "Leo" "Nora") broke up with her boyfriend (James), ditched her best friends (Clare/Nina) and skipped town. She hasn't looked back since.
Well, until now.
She just got an invite to Clare's Hen Party (bacholorette weekend) and despite her misgivings, she decides to go.
She's spent so much time running from ...more
Nora and Nina arrive at the house where the party is being held, which is isolated in the woods in Northumberland. It's a ...more
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 this book. This story dragged on and was somewhat pre ...more
There have been many reviews for the regular book version of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware, but my review is for the audio version. I have had the actual book for awhile now and for some reason, every time I picked it up I just could not stay with it due to my unfortunate yet seasonably short attention span. As happens so many times, a beautifully made audio version of the same book will quickly suck me in, even if I just read the same words myself and they seemed so uninteresting in my own ...more
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 fair to middling (somewhat) predictable crime-myste...more
Who needs friends when you can have frenemies?!
Predictable? In parts.
Standard format? Certainly.
Unreliable Narrator? Check.
Delightful cast of unlikable characters? Definitely.
Enjoyable? Heck ya.
When invited to a 'hen do' for a girl you don't even associate with anymore, just say "no, thank you"!!!
If for some insane reason you do accept the invitation and end up at said 'do', when shit starts getting weird, LEAVE!!!
This was fun, this was i ...more
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 an Email from Flo inviting her to clare’s wedding , the ...more
What 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. The writing was subpar bordering on mediocre, and ...more
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 too. And they both decide to go together.
The plac ...more
I finally got around to reading this and overall I thought it was entertaining even if there were some problems along the way. This is the second Ruth Ware book I have read and for me she is very similar to B.A. Paris. I enjoy their books even though I am well aware of the flaws and understand why they aren't every reader's cup of tea. How I choose to rate books is based mainly on my overall reading experience and I did have a fun time with this one.
Leonora is invited to spend the weeke ...more
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 deliciously creepy that there is a touch of cinematic horror ...more
In a dark, dark wood....
There is a dark, dark house....
With a few odd, strange friends....
Invited to an odder, stranger Hen....
And something that warns
M uuu rrr d eee rrr eee rrr
Leonora Shore wakes to discover she's in hospital but has no memory of what happened. She's been told she's been in a car accident and has banged her head very hard at least once and she's got a bandage on her forehead. As she fades in and out of a morphine haze she tries to remember what happened. She remem ...more
I haven’t been able to break the “10 reviews behind” mark these last couple of months and since this one already has 10,000 it probably doesn’t need whatever idiocy I can spew out about it to help sell more copies, so I’m going to barf out something real quick here in order to (hopefully) not spend the first half of 2018 trying to play catch up.
In A Dark Dark Wood is a book that I spent the better part of the year waiting for ...more
Now I have read another of her works. I found it to be about as good as this one (The Death of Mrs. Westaway).
I also wanted to add that, yes, this one may seem scattered at first because the character has no memory. She and you, the reader, are piecing it together; so of course it’s not going to be tra la, la, here, let me hand you the story ! It builds! Yesss! Nifty little device. Only for those with patience.
I should write a proper review for this now that I have rea ...more
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 from a woman named Flo inviting her to a hen do (Br ...more
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 dysfunction throughout but was a compelling read Ruth ...more
Psychological thriller: yes
A middle-of-the-road novel. A good read, and for some, a surprising ending. But I saw the ending coming in the beginning. The drawn-out denouement was annoyingly contrived - to keep the suspense up was just too obvious. And the so-called secret was also clear from the start. Yawn.
And that's it. N ...more
The plot turned out to be something totally different than what I was expecting, but somethin ...more
Nor do I really under ...more
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