In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Main Characters

  • Leonora Shaw (Lee/Leo)
  • Nina
  • Flo
  • Claire
  • Tom
  • James
  • Lamarr

Publisher’s Summary

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’ instant New York Times best seller 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 second.

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My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ruth’s writing is suspenseful and that’s why I enjoy her books. It’s just enough spice. In the Dark, Dark Wood is a story between two friends that lost contact and after 10 years Leo is invited to Claire’s bachelorette. Leo does not know why she was invited but it’s a big deal to Claire. Leo decides to attend not knowing who Clare’s husband will be. The characters developed beautifully and they are relatable. If you enjoy a true crime you’ll love this book.

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Book Quotes

“have not spoken to him for ten years, but I thought of him every single day.”

― Ruth Ware, In a Dark, Dark Wood

“If there’s one thing I dislike more than being hurt, it’s being seen to be hurt.”

― Ruth Ware, In a Dark, Dark Wood