In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 495 Ratings





An NPR Best Book of the Year, 2015

A ShelfAwareness Best Book of the Year, 2015

An Entertainment Weekly Summer Books Pick

A Buzzfeed “31 Books to Get Excited About this Summer” Pick

A Publishers Weekly “Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers” Pick

A BookReporter Summer Reading Pick

A New York Post “Best Novels to Read this Summer” Pick

A Shelf Awareness “Book Expo America 2015 Buzz Book” Pick

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.


  • So predictable

    By SparkleCookie
    The only thing " scary" about this book was how predictable it was.
  • Great Read

    By Natural RN Mel
    This book is amazing !!!! Great read I actual read her second book first and thought that was amazing as well and had to read her first can't wait for her next book to come out !!!
  • Good premise that eventually falls apart...

    By matnay74
    The premise of “In A Dark, Dark Wood” captured the imagination… and the slow-burn of the first half was great. However, the story falls apart when the motivations are revealed for both the protagonist and the antagonist. There’s a brief political statement that made my eyes roll, and then they kept rolling for the second half. Sprinkle on a little Deus Ex Machina for the otherwise illiterate, and wham-o, you have a best-seller. (Had the political statement been excised and the reverberations surrounding the issue been more consequential, the motivations would not have been as forced). — Not trying to be cryptic, just spoiler-free. There was enough in this book that I’ll return to Ruth Ware again to see how her talent develops. However, if the motivations for her characters continue to require a disassociation with character development and dramatic purpose, then I won’t become a dedicated reader of hers.
  • Okay had a lot of potential

    By Gsea
    Good book thought it would be more of a psychological thriller. Could not put it down though, not because it was so good but cause I wanted to find out ending
  • Predictable

    By AddisonGenevieve
    This book was too predictable and simple for me. I don't like that it's been compared to gone girl- which has much more complex characters, better writing, and a surprising plot.
  • Good for a rainy day

    By Mn8335
    The plot and characters were too contrived to be believable, the storytelling doesn't require a lot of mental energy on the part of the reader, nor does it have any surprising twists to make it the next Gone Girl, but it kept me reading through my relaxing, do-nothing weekend. It was a perfect guilty-pleasure page turner.
  • In a dark, dark wood

    By Dawnieloves2read
    Great book! Could not put it down.
  • Decent !

    By Melanie7877
    This was a decent read. I think the type of it all kind of ruined it for me, but it was ok nonetheless. I don't like how it ended. The last sentence.. Cliffhanger?? Really?
  • Definitely reccomend

    By leaoct
    Awesome book, very suspensful. Had me on the edge of my seat. Finished it in 3 days, really hard to put down. Would definitely reccomend!
  • In A Dark,Dark Wood

    By Perky too
    Well...I'm afraid I must agree with the reviewers who only gave this book a couple of stars. They pretty much summed up my opinion. Not very suspenseful and terribly repetitive as well as predictable. I didn't really care for most of the characters and the writing is not very impressive. I raced through a lot of it just to finish it and even skimming through a lot because of the repetition I didn't really miss anything important.