Friday 31 July 2015

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Thanks to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and Netgalley, I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review......

Someone's getting married................someone's getting murdered.

Norah is a writer and one day out of the blue whilst checking her emails she notices that she's received an email with an invitation to Clare's hen do, they were once best friends but she hasn't seen her for the last 10 years.  Initially, Norah decides not to go and debates whether to delete the email or not but when she contacts one of the girls from the group from years ago she changes her mind and ends up at the Glass House in a remote part of Northumberland.   There are six people in total for this hen weekend; Norah, Clare, Flo, Tom, Melanie and Nina.  They are all really complete strangers to each other in an isolated location, cut off from the rest of the world and as the snow begins to fall the phone lines go down and mobile coverage is scarce.   Clare's friend Flo has organised the whole weekend down to the finest details and the party begins. The story flicks between the past and the present,  where 48 hours after the party begun we meet Norah in hospital under police guard with no recollection of how or why she's there.......

This book is brilliant, it had me gripped from the first few pages right through to the end, a real page turner and there were some great twists and turns too.  I even had to slow down reading it as I didn't want it to end.  It's a bit creepy in parts and definitely not for the fainthearted especially towards the end.   I thought that I'd worked out the killer halfway through it in my mind but I was wrong.  So, the next time you receive an invitation to something you may think twice of accepting after reading this book.

This is Ruth Ware's debut novel, I didn't just like it, I LOVED it and it definitely didn't disappoint.  I would definitely recommend this book.  I am really looking forward to Ruth's next book already.

In A Dark, Dark Wood is available on Kindle & in all good bookshops since 30th July 2015.


  1. Mixed reviews of this one. I'll give a lash as soon as I'm finished #IrishFictionFortnight

    1. I enjoyed it, a bit creepy in parts too. I've seen alot of mixed reviews too over the past few days :-/ #IrishFictionFortnight