Book Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood



My thanks to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

A hen party gone wrong. Nora, a crime fiction writer, comes across an e-mail inviting her to a hen party. But she hasn’t spoken to the hen in ten years. Why has she been invited? Nora decides to go and she finds herself with an odd group of people; she realizes she’s made the wrong decision – and then there is a murder. Waking up in hospital and unable to remember what happened, she has to dig deep and try and fit the missing pieces of the puzzle together…

For me, the ending was the best part of the book. It brought together loose ends, with all my lingering questions being answered.

I just didn’t understand or connect with some of the characters, quite a few of them feeling one dimensional. I did find Nora’s character likeable but I struggled with the idea of a six month relationship causing so much heartache ten years on. I also found it strange Nora would feel compelled to accept an invite from someone she’d had such little contact with for a number of years.

The motive for murder made sense to me when everything came together and there were elements of suspense which kept me turning the pages. I had fun imagining each character as the killer as there were quite a few possibilities so the reveal was a good surprise!

Ruth Ware managed to build tension really well throughout but I wasn’t captivated by this thriller like I have been with others in the genre.

three stars

Have you read this book? Let me know if you had a different opinion to me!


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