I read In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, it had 352 pages. I read this book in one day. I could not put it down once I started. I would categorize it as being a mystery/thriller and man was it thrilling! It starts out with the main character, Nora, running through the woods from something and then ending up in the hospital. Most of the book is kind of like a flashback to what happened over the weekend. Nora gets an email from a girl named Flo informing her that she was invited to her old friend Clare’s “hen day”. Nora is confused because she hadn’t spoken to Clare in over 10 years. She corresponded with her college friend Nina who was also invited, and they decided to accompany each other to this bachelorette party. The venue is a big glass house in the middle of the woods (who in their right mind would stay in a GLASS HOUSE in the middle of NOWHERE?!). The whole time, Nora is racking her brain trying to figure out why she was invited to the party. The whole time she is hiding a big secret from the reader and all other characters, something awful happens in the house and Nora tries to remember what happened.
I have a few quotes from this book that I really liked!
“People don’t change,” Nina said bitterly. “They just get more punctilious about hiding their true selves.” – Nina
There was something strangely naked about it, like we were on a stage set, playing our parts to an audience of eyes out there in the wood. – Nora
I absolutely loved the concept of this book. I usually like movies like Revenge of the Bridesmaids and Bridesmaids because the conflict is just hilarious. This book kind of has the same concept but something really really awful happens an its not sabotage of the wedding dress. This isn’t my usual genre, but I wanted to challenge myself. It’s like a mystery/thriller so as the reader you are being tossed around on an ocean of uncertainty. Nora, the main character and narrator, is what is called an “unreliable narrator” which means that the reader cant really trust them. I like how the author created that by making the main character have memory loss. Nora is in the hospital and knows something horrible has happened but she cant remember what it is. So that makes her a suspect in whatever had happened. I loved all the turns this book takes, at one point you think person A did it, then person B but OH WAIT A MINUTE maybe it’s this person… It’s just one big, fun, wild goose chase! I also appreciated the depth that Ruth Ware put into her characters. Each one was unique in their own way which made figuring out the mystery even harder! I also liked that Nora is a writer, so as an aspiring writer it was fun to read a story in a writer’s point of view.
You’d think people would be wary of spilling to a writer. You’d think they’d know that we’re essentially birds of carrion, picking over the corpses of dead affairs and forgotten arguments to recycle them in our work—zombie reincarnations of their former selves, stitched into a macabre new patchwork of our own devising. – Nora
There wasn’t much that I disliked about this book. The one thing I would say got on my nerves was the excessive use of f-bombs. I know, I know, sometimes it’s more realistic. I think you can write an amazing story without having to make your characters curse like sailors. That’s really my only complaint, this book was amazing so it made up for what I just described.
So yeah. Overall this book was epic; I read it in one day and though I am a quick reader, usually I don’t often finish them in one day. This book was a wonderful combination of funny, witty, suspenseful, and downright scary!
I didn’t put any spoilers in this review for a reason. There are SO MANY and it would ruin the entire book if I revealed them. All I can tell you is that someone ends up dead and everyone suffers. If you wanna find out so bad, then go read it! I got it for like $4 at Books-A-Million, it was in the bargain books section. Best $4 I ever spent!
Until next time! Keep on reading.