In A Dark Dark Wood

In A Dark Dark Wood

Book - 2015
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When Nora Shaw is invited to the hen do of an old school friend she hasn't seen in years, she's delighted to have a chance to reconnect with her old friend. Little does she know something is about to go horribly wrong...In A Dark, Dark Wood marks the launch of a major new star in psychological fiction.
Leonara Shaw, a writer in her mid-twenties, has been invited to the hen do of an old school friend. Nora hasn't seen Clare in years but she's looking forward to a chance to reconnect with her friend, even if she's surprised not to be invited to the wedding itself.
But something goes wrong.
Nora wakes up in a hospital room with her head bandaged and a police guard outside her door. Are they there to protect her or arrest her? Nora is worried. Worried because her first thought is not "what's happened to me?" but "what have I done?"

Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781846559594
Branch Call Number: FIC Ware
Characteristics: 338 pages

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jasmine81
Jan 20, 2018

When I got to the part where she was drinking tequila and snorting coke because her friends wanted her to, I was done. Who wants a main character that can't stand up for herself. I don't think this was Agatha Christie-like at all. Didn't finish it.

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Yoo_hoo5
Jan 10, 2018

I’ve read both this and ‘Woman in Cabin 10’. I wouldn’t consider either great, but decent enough. Some writers have a tendency to make you think “okay.....anything else”? I felt that way with this book.

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Clamato
Nov 13, 2017

I was very interested to read her first novel after really liking Woman in Cabin 10, but was disappointed. I stuck with it but was 1/3 of the way into it before it got going for me. Can't say it was a satisfying read but do look forward to reading her new one.

romance_nerd Oct 23, 2017

I really enjoyed this one and found the mystery interesting if a bit predictable. I liked the back and forth scenes of Nora's present in the hospital and then in the past when she's remembering the events leading up to her current situation. There was also a really interesting dynamic of the Nora vs Lee (her name is really Leonora and she used to go by Lee in school, but now she goes by Nora) and how she was slipping back into her old personality that she had worked so hard to push away. As a side note, I'm not British so some of the slang threw me, but I appreciated the authenticity of the writing.

I read this in one sitting so I'll definitely be reading more by Ruth Ware.

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brit4321
Oct 10, 2017

A fast read but......I found the premise contrived and unrealistic and the "mystery" as to "who" obvious. I'd give it 2 stars

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Annaf71
Sep 27, 2017

I couldn't get into it. If you were born after 1986 then this is for you. I stopped reading at page 47.

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RebelBelle13
Sep 17, 2017

I don't think I've ever read a mystery/thriller this fast- so that was certainly a factor when I thought about how I was going to rate this book. I haven't read one in awhile either, so I suppose it has that going for it as well. It was more mystery than thriller, and I certainly wasn't scared or on the edge of my seat as the blurbs on the cover promised. It's not scary. Frustrating? At times, certainly. I got a bit of the "And Then There Were None" vibe, in the sense that it was a remote location, with wide ranging cast of characters, and each had a few skeletons in their closet. The amnesia thing is way overdone, so that brought the rating down here, as well. Nothing new. I understand that the author doesn't want us to have all of the information at once, or we'd figure it out too quickly (I figured it out before the reveal myself). The character of Nora is insipid, frustrating, and weak. She isn't a protagonist you can count on, or see yourself being best friends with- which might be a plus in this case- since there's no perfect character or manic pixie dream girl to roll your eyes at. The one thing that really frustrated me about the whole thing, is her breakup with James could have been cleared up with a single conversation- so I have no sympathy for either of them. I suppose that's supposed to make it more real- but Nora and James' characters were so alien to me that I couldn't get inside their heads. The other thing that surprised me is that Ruth Ware is a British author, so it took me awhile to grasp some of the language, and I had to decipher words through context clues- but it didn't slow me down much. Either way, it gave me something to read over the holiday break, and it entertained me. For that, I have to give it 3 stars.

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SarahDormat
Sep 06, 2017

I love Ruth Ware's mysteries. Even if you think you've figured it out, she keeps you guessing 'til the very end.

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maggiepcurtis
Sep 04, 2017

A good read with suspense and twists. Enjoyed it and got through it fairly quickly.

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darcy007
Aug 09, 2017

Great read!

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