in a dark, dark wood by ruth ware

in a dark wood, ruth ware, Book Journey

Lenora ( goes by Nora) is a crime fiction writer.  She has found that as the years go on she is quite content to stick to the comforts of home surrounded by all that she loves , typing out stories and meeting deadlines for her publisher.   When an invitation arrives from an old friend to join in a pre-marriage celebration at a secluded home in the woods, Nora is hesitant yet feels the pull to perhaps reconnect.  Many invites went out but in the end it is six people who make the celebration weekend.

48 hours later Nora wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there or what had happened.  All she knows is that she has a sickening feeling that someone she knows is dead and with a police officer outside her hospital room she has a feeling that whatever happened… somehow she is involved.


Here Author Ruth Ware, explains the book:



With a title like that how could I refuse?  In A Dark, Dark Wood drew me in by its synopsis, despite the comparison to Girl On The Train (not a fan).  I liked the idea of old friends gathering together and a mystery to be solved…. felt a little like an 80’s thriller!

The book is a fast read/listen but a good one.  Nothing felt dragged out, the book moved at a nice pace throughout the story with just enough of a dangle of the mystery throughout the story line to keep you guessing.  In the end my guess of the “who did it” was wrong…. and I like it that way.

I listened to this one on audio, Imogen Church narrated and while she is a new narrator to me, I found that I liked how she mastered her way through the multitude of dialogue between the six characters.

Recommended on audio, but I think this one will read well too.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 34 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Release Date: August 4, 2015
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press; Later printing edition (August 4, 2015)



8 thoughts on “in a dark, dark wood by ruth ware

  1. I liked it too. Couldn’t you just feel how that house would look, probably beautiful, and then be rather creepy after dark with the windows black and the lights on inside. Like a stage. I bet it would work very well on audio.

  2. I really enjoyed this one and while I liked Girl on the Train, I thought this one was much better. Definitely can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!

  3. This book does sound good, and even though I enjoyed The Girl on the Train, I dislike the overused tendency of publishers to compare any thriller with that book, or Gone Girl.

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