In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware | A Book Review

Title: In A Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Thriller

About the book: It’s a debut standalone novel about a bachelorette party gone wrong.

First impressions: I like the cover more than the title. Right away I could relate to the main character, Leonora, because she’s a writer.

Characters: All the characters are flawed in some way. I didn’t find myself caring for any of them too much. In retrospect, they weren’t realistic enough in my eyes. Although I wasn’t that fond of the group, I found myself feeling bad for the friends at the end.


“But we always leave a scar.”

Writing: The author uses some British slang. Nevertheless, it’s relatively easy to understand what they mean.

Even for a fictional thriller, a few scenes feel a bit exaggerated.

I saw some things coming, so the plot wasn’t as thrilling, but it’s still a fun and fast read.

The language is more mature. I didn’t mind the dialogue or the description.

Since Nora suffers a head injury and loses her memory, she’s an unreliable narrator, which I tend to enjoy more often than not.

Final thoughts: The ending ties up loose ends and answers lingering questions.

The debut’s promising. I’m interested to read Ware’s second novel, The Woman in Cabin 10.

I recommend In A Dark, Dark Wood if you enjoy thrillers about relationships. It’s certainly not for everybody though.

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