In a Dark, Dark Wood


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.

Sometimes the only hing to fear ... is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to a hen party in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the journe. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new and a haunting realization creeps in—they are not alone in the oods.

Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the insigh that someone is dead. Wondering not “ what happened? ” but “ what have I done? ” she tries to piece together the events of the past eekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.
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Published July 12th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Canada (first published July 30th 2015
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I feel that my lack of nthusiasm for this ook was largely affected by my expectations being set too high.

I ind of liked the main haracter, Nora/Lee/Leo/Leonora, but found I was n't truly engaged in her story or life.

Though the story was somewhat predictable, it still kept stringing me along making me think perhaps I was wrong in my assumptions.

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Pack your shit and get the hell OUT! This was funn, intriguing and definitely a Ruth Ware.

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There was no exciting build up, and it seemed to limp on and on and on ... If crime novels or thrillers are your favourite genre of ook, I would suggest you look elsewhere for a tal that will keep you gripped and entertained.

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I do n't think I 've disliked a protagonist as much as ora, the main protagonist in In a ark, Dark Wood, in ages.

Dea god, but you would think the world all but ended when she broke up with her roommat, ames, over ten years ago, and, yes, ******SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT**************SPOILER ALERT********the break-up was brought on by her unexpected teen pregnancy ( which she aborted), but Josephine herself makes it clear that she was not upset so much by the pregnancy or the abortion: it was the break-up with James that has left her an emotional wreck as an adult, unable to form stable, long-term relationships.

Yes, Clare is afraid that she will be judged and ridiculed now, at age 26 ( like Celia), because when she was 16, she played a mean, rud, adolescent trick on Nora and made Nora think that James had dumped her.

What world does Clare live in where she thinks adults actually take seriously and hold grudges over stupid adolescent behavior that happened in the distant past? However, one person does actually judge Clare harshly for her action: the even more ludicrously ridiculous James, who is on the verge of breaking off his engagement with Clare when he learns, a decade later, what Clare had done just as he and Clare are about to get married.

And she plans to frame Nora, a man whom she has not even seen since that break-up of 10 years ago, for the murder.This is what we are asked to believe.

But it is monumentally difficult to suspend my disbelief to the point that I can buy the characters in this boo as being even remotely real, non-crazy ( all of them: Nora, Clare, and Mitchell would have to be insane to think and behave as they do in this book) human beings.

I did want to find out, ultimately, who had killed James and why, so my interest was maintained although I was deeply disappointed in the ending itself and in the character development.Two final notes: ( 1) In a Blac, Dark Wood has been marketed as a cary horror novel set in, as is as obvious from the title, a forest.

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it is an incredibly ast read, and if you are looking for something in that vein- a fast-paced page-turner mystery thing, this may well satisfy you.

but be forewarned it is not a scar book, or even remotely spooky, as the cover and epigraph seem to suggest: In a blac, dark wood there was a ark, dark house; And in the shining, dark house there was a black, dark room; And in the shining, dark room there was a black, dark cupboard; And in the blac, dark box there was a ... .skeleton! which also bothers me because the line that transitions cupboard to box has been omitted, so it looks weird.

this was neither my time nor my place, but i can see this being an excellent book to read while on a long train ride, or on a plane, or curled up by a fireplace or a beach, if you 're into that kin of stuf.

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( It is being held in Flo 's aunt 's house.) Nora lost touch with Clare years ago, has n't spoken to her in ten years, and does n't know if she wants to go to this party.

But after talking to another friend who is also invited ( Nina) Nora reluctantly decides to go.Nora and Nina arrive at the mansio where the party is being held, which is isolated in the woods in Northumberland.

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She just got an invite to Clare 's Hen Party ( bacholorette weekend) and despite her isgivings, she decides to go.She 's spent so much time running from her past that she thought she could handle facing it ... but ( unsurprisingly) things do not go well ...

The hole thing had been painful to the point of nausea, made worse by covert sympathetic looks from Nina.

So now, Natali is stuck with Clare ( the backstabber), Anna ( training to be a doctor), Dou ( a gay playwright), Sophie ( a young other) and Flo ( a carbon-copy of Clare) .All of them are stuck in the glass house in the middle of the woods until this party is over.

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There have been many reviews for the regular book version of IN A ARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware, but my review is for the audio ersion.

As happens so many times, a beautifully made audio version of the same book will quickly suck me in, even if I just read the same words myself and they seemed so uninteresting in my own head.The fabulous Imogen Church is the arrator, she is wonderful and a one-woman show, acting out all the voices with authentically nuanced personality traits.

Ms. Church is also reading Ruth Ware 's next two books and I will definitely be listening.

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