Review: In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware

In A DarkDark wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware


coffeesynopsisdNora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

In a dark, dark wood 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.



Leonora Shaw, a crime-fiction writer who now preferred to be called Nora, received a Hen Party invitation from a friend she hadn’t been in contact with for the last 10 years. Nora had walked out of her friend’s life and never looked back, and had every intention of never going back. Until her s0-called friend’s new BFF insisted she come.

Flustered yet grateful that their other common friend Nina was going with her, Nora kept a lot of thoughts about Clare and her impending wedding. She kept on asking why.. Why did Clare want her at the hen party? Why reconnect with her after 10 long years? Who was Clare getting married to? Why is she even thinking of going to the party?

In a dark, dark wood, all her questions seemed to have doubled when she met the other people joining her and NIna. In a dark, dark wood, the past began to haunt her, grip her control, refresh her memory. In a dark, dark wood, a skeleton in the closet is revealed. And in a dark, dark wood, someone was going to die.

It is a gripping novel that kept me wondering about the main characters from start to finish. This is not a book you would want to read alone at night. This is not a story you would want to stop reading. I swear I’ve got goosebumps just by staring at the woods! Trust me, this had been a highly engaging and riveting murder mystery that would have you keep pushing the next button (on your Kindle) and have you guessing until the murderer was finally revealed. Nah, this isn’t a horror story, nothing grisly nor gruesome nor gory in the setting, but there’s a gun, a pool of blood and a number of deaths. Totally horrifying, nonetheless.

I believe this is Ruth Ware’s first book and I can tell that there’s a bright future ahead of her. Her writing kept me interested and the momentum she built didn’t falter. If she’s got another book after this, I am sure it’s going to be another must read.




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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2 thoughts on “Review: In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware

  1. I LOVED this book…and you’re right. You can’t stop reading. As soon as I finished, I downloaded her second book, The Woman in Cabin 10. Can’t wait to read it…but I will wait a little bit longer, so I can finish some review books.

    Thanks for sharing.

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