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ROZLUČKU PŘED SVATBOU…
Leonoře je šestadvacet a píše docela úspěšné detektivky. I když žije osaměle, je se svým způsobem života spokojená – až do dne, kdy dostane nečekané pozvání na předsvatební rozlučkový víkend své bývalé přítelkyně Clare, kterou deset let neviděla. Leonora po dlouhém váhání pozvání přijme a ocitá se s hrstkou dalších lidí – s nimiž má společné hlavně to
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Hardcover, 350 pages
Published 2016 by Leda (first published 2015)
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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 of loser is so affected by an adolescent relations
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karen
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-from-work
this is a truly beautiful ARC, one of the nicest i've seen:

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it's all textured and graphically pleasing and nice to touch and hold:

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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
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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 - yet they came across as judgemental, bitchy, und
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Miranda Reads
3.5 stars
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
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Mandy
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 absolutely perfect. Ugh. I liked it and then I hated it.. ...more
Sandra
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer Leonora (Nora) Shaw gets invited to old friend Clare's hen night (aka bachelorette party) by a girl named Flo. (It is being held in Flo's aunt's house.) Nora lost touch with Clare years ago, hasn't spoken to her in ten years, and doesn't know if she wants to go to this party. But after talking to another friend who is also invited (Nina) Nora reluctantly decides to go.

Nora and Nina arrive at the house where the party is being held, which is isolated in the woods in Northumberland. It's a
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Kelli
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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 me first of an Agatha Christie mystery, then of a s ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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 this book. This story dragged on and was somewhat pre
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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 fair to middling (somewhat) predictable crime-myste

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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

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
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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 an Email from Flo inviting her to clare’s wedding , the
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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, but halfway through, the plot started to cave in on ...more
Iris P
In a Dark, Dark Wood


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
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sue
** 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 too. And they both decide to go together.

The plac
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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 deliciously creepy that there is a touch of cinematic horror
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

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
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Cheryl
May 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 to them. I jumped to the last few chapters of the b ...more
 Li'l Owl
Oh, my!
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
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Carol
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut, fiction
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 from a woman named Flo inviting her to a hen do (Br
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Shaina
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update: 9/2018
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 read three of her
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Maxwell
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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. Sure, it was enjoyable enough, but by the last t ...more
Lisa
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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 dysfunction throughout but was a compelling read Ruth
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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 narration in which the POV character knows somethi ...more
Margitte
A creepy hen-party, a few unlikely invitees. A secret agenda. A spooky glass house. An atmospheric forest.

Entertaining: yes
Psychological thriller: yes
Predictable: yes
Programmatic: yes
Cover: magnificent!

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
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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 different than what I was expecting, but somethin
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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 revealed leisurely. As you read, you realize the aut ...more
Erin
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading and reviewing The Woman in Cabin 10, I was intrigued enough by Ruth Ware's writing to seek out her debut novel. Overall, it was an okayish read for my Saturday morning and I did gulp it down in one sitting, but I cannot say that I was scared in any way. I guess I don't really understand why a person( Nora) would accept the invitation( from Flo) to attend the hen party(bachelorette party) for a girl (Clare) that she hasn't seen or talked to since high school.

Nor do I really under
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Jessica Knoll
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 choice, he dumped her by text. Even ten years later
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Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)
“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.”

This is an atmospherically oddball psychological mystery suspense novel that I liked....and at the same time I fucking hated? Like I'm so torn. Save me.

Here's the problem. The main protagonist, Nora, is a fucking loser. I'm just going to put it out there. She's a loser.

She's 26-years-old and still pining away for the boyfriend she had
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Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. 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. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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