Sinister title, sinister cover (NOOOO don’t go walking into those creepy woods on your own!) and sinister plot, can you tell there is a bit of a theme going on here in In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware!
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Published by Harvill Secker on July 30th 2015
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
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.
My Thoughts on In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware:
I absolutely loved it! I rarely read books in a few sittings but I read this one in just two sessions. Two very satisfying sessions. It was a book that lured me in on the first page and I wasn’t happy until I had it all concluded.
The setting is a hen night in an isolated house in dark, shadowy woods. The house is one side glass and you have a fab view of the woods. But anyone lurking in the woods has a fab view of you also. And then just to complicate matters the bride-to-be Clare, fell out with the main character Nora, 10 years ago.
- Spooky atmosphere – CHECK
- Eclectic mix of attendees – CHECK
- Tense friendships – CHECK
- Lots of alcohol – CHECK
Sure what could go wrong?!
And all the Pros:
On top of a sharply plotted story, we also have great writing. The book felt very atmospheric and I kept picturing the woods full of peeping Toms plotting evil deeds. It’s one of those books where my imagination was running away with itself and frightening the life out of me.
I was also intrigued by a reference early on to Chekhov’s gun. And I made a quick trip to Wiki as the reference meant nothing to me. And hello, how interesting and sinister is this…
From wiki “Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”
Eeekk! Such scary foreshadowing.
Overall I flew through this and thoroughly enjoyed every page. With writing and plotting like this, I’m an insta-fan of Ms Ware. And what really got me, there was a clue right at the start of the book. A big, fat, glaring clue and I missed it. I’ll reading her next book a lot more forensically, with eyes peeled for clues.
|Did I feel it?|
Who should read In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware?
It’s a MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers that drip feed that story to you, drip by agonising drip. I also found it a bit reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel so if you enjoy those, then you might also like this. And I’d recommend it to fans of Girl on the Train and The Secret Place by Tana French.