The Blonde Bookworm: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware -- Review

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood
Author: Ruth Ware
Pages: 352
Publisher: July 30th 2015 by Harvill Secker 


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.


Three word review for this book: SUPER. FREAKING. CREEPY. 

Ok, so I'm just kidding about the three word review part, I'll give you more. I'm totally not joking about how creepy the book was though. I listened to the audio book when I went on walks with my dog or on my commute to and from work, but it was always at day time because this book was so darn creepy.

The story is centered around Nora, a young crime fiction writer who is invited on her childhood best friend's bachelorette party. She hasn't seen her friend in many years, but she decides to go anyways. Things start getting a little strange at the bachelorette party and Nora begins questioning why she is there in the first place. After someone is murdered, Nora loses part of her memory from the evening and must retrieve it in order to find the murderer. 

As much as I enjoyed the fast paced flow of the book, there were parts that were a little childish, cliche, and one dimensional.  There were very obvious clues dropped throughout the book as well as a super large build-up for a not so surprising ten year secret. There were times when I just wanted to get to then end and be finished. With all of that said, I did enjoy the book. It was obvious at times that it was the author's first novel. I would recommend this book to friends, but it definitely would not be the highest book on my list. 

Rating 3/5 


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