Friday, August 7, 2015

Book review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from  Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Well Halloween is only
days away.

I know, I know...


You need to read this dark thriller that have you sharing it as the Fall 'ghost' story of the year!


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.


This is a book that will keep you literally reading until you turn the last page! You will be guessing and making motives and suspects, and then the next chapter will kill those thoughts and bring new ones. No character is safe in this taught psychological study of human nature, and how episodes from our high school years can influence so much of our future lives, if we let them, and how some people can't let them go. Call it a modern take on Agatha Christie's tried and true formula. Human nature is always more evil and corrupt, than we think. It is hard to believe this is Ruth's debut novel! It reads like one from a seasoned author. Kudos to Ruth for giving us THE Halloween read of the year! Don't miss this one!

About the Author:

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. Find her on twitter at, on facebook at or via her website -

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