In a Dark, Dark Wood

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

Non-spoiler reviews 

Age: Adult

Genre: Thriller

POV: 1st person

Summary: Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. 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? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
Review: Not as suspenseful as I through. The story takes it time developing a mystery and once that mystery is there only one or two questions instead of tons of questions. This is a slow burn thriller in which it takes it time for character development. I have read one other thriller that did the same thing and it turn out great. However, In a Dark, Dark, Wood I did not connect with the characters. There was not enough suspense to make it feel like they’re in danger.

Main Characters:

Nora: Shy, independent and likes to live on her own. Disconnect with her friends for ten years.

Clare: The dominant friend who is a headstrong leader over everyone.

Flo: Has an unhealthy attachment to Clare.

Nina: Nora only friend.

Tom: Mix up in all this, I feel bad for him.

Melanie: A new mom that wants to have fun but, is worry for her kid at home.

The motive for the crime was due to unnecessary drama. The person whodunit is so obvious. I always was good at guessing mysteries. Rarely have I ever been buff solving a mystery.

I find the plot to be wonky. I give this book to my mom and she read. I didn't fully catch this when reading but, my mom prove my suspicion right. The plot does not make scents. Why was Nora invited to a 'Hen' by a 'friend' she haven't seen in years. To an isolated house to be frame for a murder.

I do like the non-linear narrative. The switch between the past and present is nicely done.


Characters: 3/5

Plot: 2/5

Writing: 4/5

Total: 9/20


  1. I absolutely LOVE Ruth Ware and In a Dark, Dark Wood is my favorite of hers followed by The Lying Game, then Woman in Cabin 10, The Turn of the Key and then The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

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