In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood

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by Ruth Ware
     
 

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AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

An NPR Best Book of the Year, 2015

A ShelfAwareness Best Book of the Year, 2015

An Entertainment Weekly Summer Books Pick

A Buzzfeed &

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AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

An NPR Best Book of the Year, 2015

A ShelfAwareness Best Book of the Year, 2015

An Entertainment Weekly Summer Books Pick

A Buzzfeed “31 Books to Get Excited About this Summer” Pick

A Publishers Weekly “Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers” Pick

A BookReporter Summer Reading Pick

A New York Post “Best Novels to Read this Summer” Pick

A Shelf Awareness “Book Expo America 2015 Buzz Book” Pick

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.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson’s riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

Peter Straub
I started IN A DARK, DARK WOOD on an airplane, kept dipping into it whenever I was left alone, devoured another big chunk on the flight home, and after that surrendered myself to it until the last revelation had bloomed, the final surprise had exploded, and the bittersweet conclusive turn had folded the final page. Ruth Ware has written an exciting, and in fact amazing book that never stops circling around behind the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes.
Publishers Weekly
06/29/2015
At the start of Ware’s solid but somewhat derivative first novel, a psychological thriller, crime writer Leonora Shaw leads a solitary life in London but receives an invitation to Northumberland to celebrate the impending marriage of Clare Cavendish, a friend she hasn’t seen in 10 years. Nora and Clare were once inseparable, but something drove them apart. Nora and her sarcastic school chum, Nina da Souza, another invitee, decide to make the trip to the remote cottage known as the Glass House, the site of the hen party weekend. Flashbacks show Nora in the hospital, where she’s recovering from an accident that she can’t quite recall and wonders whose blood is on her hands. From the catty conversations at the party, secrets from Nora and Clare’s past emerge, particularly relating to Nora’s former love, James Cooper. Ware does a competent job ratcheting up the suspense, but the revelations aren’t as exciting as the buildup. Agent: Eve White, Eve White Literary Agency (U.K.). (Aug.)
Independent - Patricia Nicol
"If the premise might be the sort that Agatha Christie would have toyed with had she been a 21st-century graduate, Ware’s analysis of the power-games some women revel in – and the toxicity in the undertow of some female friendships – is more reminiscent of Sophie Hannah, Christobel Kent, or even Gillian Flynn and Harriet Lane."
Bustle
In a Dark, Dark Wood packs a noirish punch that would make the Queen of Crime herself proud.”
RT Book Reviews
“Ware’s debut novel sets the stage for her to become a household name… Engaging, suspenseful and mysterious.”
Marie Claire
"Just try to guess how sinister this plot can get (hint: VERY)."
Entertainment Weekly
"You’ll find it almost impossible to put this twisting, electrifying debut down...[The] foggy atmosphere and chilling revelations will leave you breathless.”
The New York Journal of Books
“WARNING: This book is hot. Do not pick it up late at night or if you are in a dark, dark wood...Ruth Ware has a gift. This British author’s first foray into fiction is a hit…it delivers a punch and keeps you guessing—an ideal August psychodrama that reminds us why mysteries remain such fun—except at night.”
Shelf Awareness
“An enchantingly unsettling thriller with mysterious characters and a classically spooky setting.”
USAToday.com
“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.’”
UK Good Housekeeping
"The pulse-quickening plot of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware will keep you up until the small hours."
UK Saga
"Ruth Ware's stunning first novel (catch it before the inevitable film) digs into all the hidden horrors of female 'friendship'; suddenly, the old playground secrets come slithering out."
UK Elle Magazine
"A sinister mood lurks in [In a Dark, Dark Wood]."
Campus Circle
“Fans of Gone Girl and Girlon a Train will love Ruth Ware’s gripping In a Dark, Dark Wood.Amnesia, a bachelorette party and alcohol fuel this twisty, suspense novel.”
Nicci Cloke
I raced through this, totally unable to put it down...Dark, smart and compulsive.
Tamar Cohen
"So gripping. So glad my hen days are behind me. It’s going to be huge."
Vulture
“The next Girl on the Train…Ware hews [close] to the new genre of twisty-mystery women’s books.”
O Magazine
"Who pulls a gun at a bachelorette party? The answers are unveiled with Gillian Flynn-style trickery."
Surrounded by Books - Elizabeth Willse
"Likely to be the next Gone Girl."
Style Boston
"Haunting."
EBookClassics
"Eerie and mysterious!"
My San Antonio - Steve Bennett
"An English psychological thriller...compared to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train."
Kirkus Reviews
2015-05-06
In Ware's debut, a reclusive crime writer reunites with a long-lost friend during a weekend hen party that goes horribly wrong. When Leonora Shaw wakes up in the hospital with memory gaps and a head wound, one of the first questions she asks is, "What have I done?" Through flashbacks, Ware slowly unspools the mystery, setting a truly spooky scene as six relative strangers gather at the isolated Glass House, celebrating the upcoming marriage of Nora's former friend Clare Cavendish, with whom she had lost touch 10 years before. Nora, sensitive and skittish and nursing some great secret about her past and her lost friendship with Clare, wants nothing more than to leave, but she feels trapped by curiosity, guilt, and obligation to Flo, the woman who planned the weekend and takes any complication as a personal affront. In classic Agatha Christie fashion, the first half of the novel is masterful in the slow build of suspense. Clearly, something is very wrong, but it's unclear whether it's Nora, Clare, Flo, or some outside intruder who is responsible for the chills and the deepening unease. Unfortunately, as Nora's memory returns, the truth and the climax ultimately disappoint, and Nora's timidity and secrecy become frustrating. The final reveal is pretty predictable. However, the success of the first half of the novel does speak to Ware's ability to spin a good yarn. Recalling such classics as And Then There Were None, she creates a unique setting for the psychological scares, and her characters, while somewhat stock, have enough depth to fool even savvy mystery fans for a while. Like the Glass House itself, this novel is "a tiger's enclosure, with nowhere to hide" and with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on a dark and stormy night—with all the lights on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501112331
Publisher:
Gallery/Scout Press
Publication date:
04/19/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
147
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before returning to the UK. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer. She now lives in London with her husband and two small children.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good dark psychological thriller. I really did enjoy reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great read. Good language and great characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read. Grabbed me from the first page and never let go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 1... could not put it down. Twisted and turned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good read, it was a little predictable but not until close to the end. I would definitely say you should give it a shot. I read it in one sitting so its an easy read that will hold your attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a page turner. It was hard for me to predict the end, which I love to find in reading stories. I sort of wish there was more closure in the end. I would disclose more of what I mean by this but don't want to give all the good details away.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Perfect choice for our beach vacation. Couldn't put it down. Interesting characters and some twists I never saw coming. Also learned what a hen party was!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great debut novel...reminds me so much of Girl on the Train! Must read!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not sure how I feel about this book. It kept me reading, but isn't one of those books that has you reflecting back on it at the times you can't be reading it. I guess I just didn't feel invested in the characters, there was not a lot of development or depth to them. The storyline was a good one, but just didn't feel the book brought it to the life it could have.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book will keep you guessing. What is the best thing about this book is that it does not have a long introduction into the plot
Anonymous 9 months ago
Could not put this book down.. one of of my favorite reads, I finished it in 2 days. Its a very easy read and keeps your attention throughout, I thought I solved the mystery but they went and put a twist to it. Definitetly recommend!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Couldn't put this down great story great suspense No ridiculous foreshadow or clumsy ending Loved this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book 2 days. I never make that kind of time for myself, it was fantastic. I thought I solved the mystery, thought I'd figured it out and then surprise! I'm looking forward to Ruth Wares second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great travel read. It kept my attention throughout. There were so many suspects, it was fun to try to figure out the guilty one. In the end I was still surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read, didn't want to put the boom down. Can't wait to see the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read anything so well written in a while. Very great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story. Boring at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me in my feet throughout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a simple read but came across like it was written by a 15 yr old who needed to throw in some language and adult senarios to try to validate it.... ok for $3.00 but not worth $ 12.
Anonymous 25 days ago
I found this book mostly boreing. Not at all like Gone Girl or Girl on A Train which were both great. You keep reading the whole book to find out the reason she left, or was left, by a boyfriend when she was 16. Some parts are good but you wade through a lot of what ifs to get there.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I liked how the story unfolded. Good story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Overall I enjoyed this book. There was a good twist or two and it held my interest. The only downfall was a lack of character development. I never really felt a connection with the main character.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved it!! Can't wait for the next one!
crossword69 8 months ago
Wow, just as creepy and as desperate as the title. I don't often read chiller thrillers, but this is one to not miss.