In A Dark, Dark Wood

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'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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, ©2015
ISBN: 9781501112317
Branch Call Number: WARE
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm

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mini_moon_pie
Jun 04, 2019

In A Dark, Dark Wood is split into two story lines, but not the way we’re often seeing with novels today — something present and something circa World War II. The story of the bachelorette party is in past tense, and interspersed are scenes with Nora in the hospital, written in present tense. The hospital scenes are few and far between at first, but when the story hits a climax, readers spend most of the time after in the hospital, a fact I found annoying. Nora couldn’t remember everything that had happened, so she goes on and on about her lack of memory and how bad that is.

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StrangelyExuberant
Mar 30, 2019

As a whole the story was intriguing by itself. However, the main character Nora was one that I found to be a tough pill to swallow. Just like people you will not like every character you encounter but this one was different. Several times I almost put the book down completely. The way the novel ended wasn't the finale you were hoping for as you dredged along with Nora. This was one novel where I felt cheated that the main character didn't evolve to a better state. The plot line however, is very interesting with the setting described in wonderful detail.

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nelll
Mar 12, 2019

Not a bad read...just got good in the middle the ending was so so...

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leslyls
Nov 01, 2018

I think the story line is interesting but the plot and character development could be improved. It was a fun book to enjoy in a quick read. I enjoyed Ware's book The Woman in Cabin 10 more.

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ZoeDennison
Oct 12, 2018

As a first book, it was okay but not great. The 'mystery' was not too mysterious and it did seem almost YA. A quick read, can't really recommend it, later books improve.

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raslibsal
Oct 07, 2018

I LOVED it!!

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Zeledra
Jul 29, 2018

An excellent book, I couldn't put it down.

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KatherineHere
Jun 17, 2018

I thought it a bit boring and all the characters unlikeable.

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MorLu
Jun 05, 2018

Really enjoyed.

squib Jun 02, 2018

a bit superficial in terms of the narrative and complexity of the story, however, the tension is well managed, and that's ultimately what horror relies on. Not a powerful story, but it's competently crafted.

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