Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501112331, April 2016, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Not too many twists and not much going on in the woods but I still found myself glued to its pages.

The Rest of It:

Nora receives an invitation to Clare’s hen party, which is essentially a bride’s last hurrah at being single but what Nora can’t understand is why? Why her? She hasn’t seen Clare in ten years and it wasn’t all that great between them when they were last together. But when Nora sees that Nina, a mutual friend was also invited, she reaches out to her and they make a pact to attend together.

This was a quick, page-turner and yes, it’s a little predictable, but it was still enjoyable and Ware is good at stringing you along. Right from the beginning you know as a reader that this hen party is not a good idea. A small group, and some very strong personalities. Add to that a lot of drinking and foolishness and you just know it can’t end well.

Overall, I was very entertained by these characters. Some of their actions seemed a little over-the-top and could have used a bit more explanation but I was happily immersed in the drama of it all. That’s what we all need now. Drama that we can easily pick up and put down and drama that is not our own!

It’s being marketed as a thriller but I’d say it’s pretty mild in that department. It’s just a fun way to spend a lazy afternoon. If you’ve read Ware’s books before, I’d say this is one of the better ones.

Source: Purchased
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9 thoughts on “Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood”

  1. I like this author but, some of her books are way better than others. I recall liking this one and am looking forward to her latest out soon – no eGalley for me so I have a library hold.

    1. Yes. I remember one book that was really just so-so. I just looked to see if I had the e-galley of her new one and I do. I totally forgot. Comes out in September.

  2. I like Ware, but some of her books are hit or miss and this one is definitely a miss. I remember being excited when I first got my hands on a copy and then I read it – majorly disappointed. Oh well. Glad you enjoyed it-ish 🙂

    1. Really? Well, it wasn’t at all scary which is how it was advertised. I went in knowing it wouldn’t be. Maybe that helped.

  3. This was Ware’s first book and I read it and really enjoyed it. It might be my favorite of all of them so far. We’re going to be reading and discussing The Turn of the Key for September in our mystery group. I’ve already read that one, but want to reread it. I liked it too. This one reminded me of the movie that had the glass house – spooky!

    1. Yes! I thought about that Glass House movie too right reading this one. I liked Turn of the Key too but did not like Woman in Cabin 10. I do like her writing overall though. I have her new one as an ARC which I need to get to soon.

  4. I just got a new (to me) Ruth Ware a couple days ago. I really enjoyed the first book of hers that I read so I am looking forward to it.

  5. I’m glad this one kept you going enough. Sounds all right to me. I have not tried Ware yet …. but I experience her books thru you! keep it up

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