In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 586 Ratings
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An NPR Best Book of the Year, 2015

A ShelfAwareness Best Book of the Year, 2015

An Entertainment Weekly Summer Books Pick

A Buzzfeed “31 Books to Get Excited About this Summer” Pick

A Publishers Weekly “Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers” Pick

A BookReporter Summer Reading Pick

A New York Post “Best Novels to Read this Summer” Pick

A Shelf Awareness “Book Expo America 2015 Buzz Book” Pick

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.


  • In a Dark Dark Wood

    By Readingbythesea
    Good read, hard to put down, lots of guessing who’s the bad guy.
  • Don't waste your money

    By AwesomeSoph27
    I've never actually written a book review, but this book was so bad, I thought I should.
  • Dragged Out, But Good Ending

    By Rinnie0202
    Had a hard time getting into this book, but twist that unfold at the end made finishing the book well worth it.
  • Highly Recommend

    By Gutz97
    I absolutely loved this novel. There is so much detail that went into this story; I truly enjoyed everything about this novel. Once you discover the ending and who did it, you realize the genius of Ware's writing. I also loved Ware's writing style; it was so clear when you switched timelines, yet both run so smoothly side by side.
  • Is this book supposed to be scary?

    By malhuis1983
    I was overwhelmingly bored by this book. For something that's chocked up to be so scary you should read it "with the lights on", I was surprised that I could count only five things that were at all unnerving within the first 3/4 of the book. If anything, this should be labeled a simple crime novel, even though the crime itself isn't really that interesting. The thing that annoyed me the most though, is that a big secret is dangled in front of your face for the whole novel, and when it's finally revealed, it is a huge let down. I'm completely over this book.
  • Completely predictable, not at all thrilling

    By panda1812
    I am still unable to understand any of the "reviews" plastered to the front of this book or inside it's cover in stores. The story was so predictable, I knew what was coming a third of the way in, nearly to the letter, and certainly halfway in. Nothing was thrilling about it because of its predictability. I also found nothing about the main character compelling and felt no empathy for her background or the resulting tale. An absolute disappointment and a shame to waste with a bestseller label. Save your money.
  • Had potential, ultimately disappointing

    By EnvyKisses
    I really wanted to like this book. But I just didn't. The first half of the book is lackluster. The main character, Leonora (aka Lee, Leo, and Nora) wasn't very likeable to begin with. In fact, none of the characters were. I found myself not caring who the victim of murder would be or why. There simply was no character attachment or bond built up. Each character was obnoxious in their own way. Nora had a high school sweetheart she hasn't gotten over 10 years later.... she gets invited to her ex HS best friends hen weekend (bachelorette party) at a glass house in the woods. Even though they haven't spoken in 10 years. Cue murder mystery. Towards the end, there's some suspense. But it quickly fizzled when I was able to accurately predict the rest of the story and the murderer. I really felt let down by this writer and this "who done it" novel. The writing also felt elementary at best and could have used more depth. Overall, it was a quick boring read and I would not recommend this book.
  • So predictable

    By SparkleCookie
    The only thing " scary" about this book was how predictable it was.
  • Great Read

    By Natural RN Mel
    This book is amazing !!!! Great read I actual read her second book first and thought that was amazing as well and had to read her first can't wait for her next book to come out !!!
  • Good premise that eventually falls apart...

    By matnay74
    The premise of “In A Dark, Dark Wood” captured the imagination… and the slow-burn of the first half was great. However, the story falls apart when the motivations are revealed for both the protagonist and the antagonist. There’s a brief political statement that made my eyes roll, and then they kept rolling for the second half. Sprinkle on a little Deus Ex Machina for the otherwise illiterate, and wham-o, you have a best-seller. (Had the political statement been excised and the reverberations surrounding the issue been more consequential, the motivations would not have been as forced). — Not trying to be cryptic, just spoiler-free. There was enough in this book that I’ll return to Ruth Ware again to see how her talent develops. However, if the motivations for her characters continue to require a disassociation with character development and dramatic purpose, then I won’t become a dedicated reader of hers.