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  1. In a Dark, Dark Wood
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  2. In a Dark, Dark Wood

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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' instant New York Times best seller 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 tick.

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I have to admit up front that I was very disappointed in In a Dark, Dark Wood.

The story centers on Nora, a 26 year old crime fiction writer who is sometimes referred to by other characters as Lee, Leonora, or Leo. Nora is invited to a bachelorette weekend party to celebrate the marriage of Clare, a person she hasn't seen in a decade. The reunion is awkward (Clare is marrying Nora's old boyfriend) and the guests include various stereotypes: the mentally unhinged Flo, catty Tom, stressed out new mom Melanie, and sassy best friend Nina. Toss in lots of alcohol, a litttle cocaine, and plenty of bad feelings and you have the makings of a really unpleasant party. And then there's a murder which leaves Nora battered with amnesia trying to put her memories back together.

Touted as a mystery in the Agatha Christie mold the story plays out more like a Scooby-doo tale. The author drops conspicuous clues repetitively. Two characters who are of similar build wear identical... Read more
This book was painful. The first 190 or so pages are excruciatingly slow. The amount of times she repeats herself. Yes, we get it, you're at a hen. People are weird. Why are you there. Something happened a long time ago with James. We get it. The writer is very eloquent, but after awhile I started skipping whole paragraphs just to get to any point at all. Ending ends up being good. Twist in the murder case, however sadly I guessed the end around page 270. Just one of those books you start, and then grow to hate, but struggle through because you have to finish. My advice - don't bother.
I finished it so that's saying something, as I'll typically abandon books if they start to lose my interest. The cover art drew me into this book, leading me to believe that I was going to get a good, spooky mystery set in the woods, but that's not at all what this book is about. I didn't like any of the characters It's difficult to write this review without giving anything away about the plotline so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read the rest of this review.

So many things in this book took away my suspension of disbelief - ***SPOILERS****
-These characters talk/act like they're 16, not 26. I suppose that's fitting, being that the motive revolves around stupid high school drama. It's just not believable for characters that old.
-Conveniently, there is a shotgun in the house. Of course, the author has to go on and on that it's loaded with blanks....I can't imagine where THIS is going.
-Texts are sent from Nora's phone when she's out for her run... Read more
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