Friday, February 12, 2016
IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
Published August 4th 2015 by Scout Press
Read: November 2015
How I Got It: Borrowed Hardcover (310 pages) from Public Library
Nora runs, listens to her talk radio programs, and writes novels. She is content in her independent lifestyle until she receives an invitation to a hen night (read bachelorette party) for her estranged best friend, Clare, whom she hasn’t heard from in ten years. She chooses to attend the weekend-long festivities and finds herself at a house in the woods with no cell phone service, a muddy driveway, and a cast of characters including a doctor, a playwright, a new mother, and Clare’s perfectionist new best friend. Shooting ranges, Ouija boards, drinking, and drugs ensue, and Nora begins to realize that everything she knew about her past with Clare was wrong. When she wakes up in a hospital with a head wound and police outside of her room whispering of a murder, Nora must piece together her memories of the weekend and decipher between what’s real and what’s not.
This is a page-turning, edge of your seat, whodunit novel. Not only is there mystery in the relationship between Nora and Clare, but the details of the crime aren’t reveled right away. Even then, the reader is stuck in a case of amnesia with Nora, and while certain aspects of the mystery are predictable, the ending was a complete surprise. In a Dark, Dark Wood is a twisty mystery, and while most loose ends are tied up, it still leaves the reader wanting to know more.