In A Dark, Dark Wood

In A Dark, Dark Wood

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"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's instant New York Times bestseller 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 page"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery/Scout Press, 2015
New York : Gallery/Scout Press, 2015
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501112317
1501112317
Branch Call Number: FICTION WARE 2015
Characteristics: 310 pages cm

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JCLSamS May 21, 2018

A quick, easy, read-in-one-afternoon kind of book. The plot was somewhat predictable, the characters bleh, and the writing clumsy, but I did finish it.

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capitalcity
Apr 26, 2018

In a Dark, Dark Wood. A previous commentator cited the book as one for those born after 1986. Spot on. Unless, of course, this is a sublimely crafted caricature. Probably not. So, what we have here are the self-indulgent blathering and antics of Gen Y (a.k.a. Millennial) narcissists. Which makes the novel a rendering of animated degeneracy. Move along, nothing read worthy here.

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Cld359
Apr 12, 2018

Ruth Ware's best book so far. And it is her first.

debwalker Mar 07, 2018

Reese Witherspoon is adapting In a Dark Dark Wood, to be written by Arash Amel.

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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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