In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

Mar 03

In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

I was first introduced to Ruth Ware via the Book of the Month Club when I chose The Woman in Cabin 10. That story is a perfect mystery to take on your next vacation. The reading enjoyment I gleaned from that book prompted me to pick up In a Dark, Dark Wood whilst recently perusing tomes at a Decatur book store.

Leonora is a 26-year old crime writer living in London, and sort of a recluse. She had a bad breakup in high school; that relationship scarred her for life, so she pretty much keeps to herself. Out of the blue, a friend of one of her old school chum’s invites her to a hen do. This, unbeknownst to me at the beginning of the book, is what the English call a bachelorette party. (I also learned that a fascinator is a small decorative hat. Keep it coming, Limeys, I love adding new terms to my own personal lexicon.) Nora nervously decides to attend.

And then it gets crazy in the woods.

I had to stop reading at one point, as I was in my dark, dark, room and The Doc was on long call at the hospital. It was more than a little scary. The story meandered a bit when everyone was trying to piece together what happened, but overall it was a very enjoyable read. Murders? Marriages? Mean girls and a token bitchy gay guy? Snuggle up and read this one in the day time.


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