Book Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood

“The night was drawing in, and the house felt more and more like a glass cage, blasting light blindly out into the dusk, like a lantern in the dark.”- In A Dark, Dark Wood

Lenora wakes up in a hospital, scratched, bruised and confused. She can’t recall what happened in the past 24 hours. The last thing she remembers is attending a hen party (aka bachelorette party), but why would a police officer be outside her hospital door? She has to remember what happens…even if it kills her. (Bah, Bah, BUM!)

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware was a quick 308 page read. I was ready to kick off the summer with a little bit of thrill and this book provided. I started this read on June 2, 2017 and finished on June 9, 2017. It was a decent book, not good enough in my opinion to make a lasting impression. So, overall I rated it a 6 out of 10 rating.

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Lenora gets invited to this hen party for a friend she hasn’t spoken to in years, like 10 years, and the bride to be is named Clare. So why Lenora? Why would Clare invite her to a party after not communicating for 10 years? This book starts with plenty of questions for the reader and it grabbed my attention immediately. I wanted to see how this novel played out.

Ruth Ware does a fantastic job of building a story. I think she did well with flash back and returning to the main story plot. It kept me entertained and wanting to read more. Her characters were all well written as well. I felt like I was playing in the game of clue. (The Butler did it with the Candle Stick in the Master Bedroom!!) Each character has different qualities but they were all so relatable.

The thing that prevented me from liking this book was the predictability. Soooo predictable. I don’t want to give too much away but, I felt every plot twist coming. Personally I want a thriller to have thrill, and there wasn’t enough In A Dark, Dark Wood.

But I would recommend this book for those who are looking for a good, quick, summer read.

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For this book combo, I paired it with tea. Lenora is a big fan of coffee but Clare is a big fan of tea. At her hen party all they had was tea, and it was kinda big deal.

On to the next…

The next book for me is one of my favorite movies, Stardust. This book is full of magic and it’s by Neil Gaiman. I haven’t explored his writing style, but everyone gives him good reviews. So this book will be the start to see if I should read the rest of his books.


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