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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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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LPL_Sarah
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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kathylou
Jul 28, 2017

I enjoyed this updated isolated British country manor mystery filled with suspicious people with issues. It's nice to read a mystery that doesn't focus on super detectives that are incredibly intelligent or strong. I don't get all the Gone Girl comments but it is pretty good for a first book.

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navdamme
Jul 22, 2017

Overall a great novel. The beginning was a little slow, a little boring even, and I didn't really like the style it was in (so many parenthesis)! But once the story got started, it REALLY got started. The author worked me into such frenzy that I finished the book in one day. And I don't do that. Bottom line is I think it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.

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