In a Dark, Dark Wood
By: Ruth Ware
# of pages: 308
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 the dark, dark room….
Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
Review: Now I’ve read all of the books Ruth Ware has published. Her books are interesting and easy reads. This book is on my R.I.P. Challenge list. It wasn’t as creepy/suspenseful as I thought it would be based on the description, but it held my interest and was a fast read.
Nora receives an unexpected invitation to her ex-bestfriend’s bachelorette party (hen do in the U.K.). She hasn’t seen Clare in 10 years since they were about 16, but she consults with a mutual friend who was also invited. They decide they’ll both go even though neither really wants to attend.
Almost immediately upon arriving at the remote country house in the woods, things start to go downhill. Nora wants to leave before the weekend has truly begun, but she’s prevented from doing so. Trapped in the house with a mixed group of strangers and estranged former friends, she slowly realizes not everything that’s happening is a coincidence.
I wasn’t too attached to any of the characters. I couldn’t really relate to many of Nora’s decisions. I felt sorry that she was so tramatized by her past and concerned about impressing Clare both in the past and present.
This wasn’t the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but it was fun and easy. I wouldn’t have minded a little more creepiness, but there was still some suspense and mystery. I recommend it to those who enjoy the suspense/thriller genre.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Fun and well-paced mystery, so-so characters and plot.