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 795 Ratings





* An NPR Best Book of the Year * A ShelfAwareness Best Book of the Year * 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 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.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.


  • It was...ok.

    By Baodan2985
    Overall, the book was okay. Nothing spectacular. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters and it was clear early on who was responsible for the incident. Felt more like a Lifetime Movie than a who-dun-it, but it wasn’t as awful as a lot of reviewers have suggested. Just...predictable. Which is fine. Not every book is going to take your breath away. And, but for the weird and out of place political statement about halfway through, it was enjoyable. Still that political statement made me like the main character even less, which probably wasn’t the effect the writer was going for. In fact, considering the leap the writer expects us to take in believing that the main character remains somewhat traumatized by a 10 year old breakup, it’s especially incredulous that the character also take the position the writer obviously supports with regard to the political statement. Btw, I’m not addressing the merits of the political statement, just the disconnect it has with the actual character. But sometimes a writer is completely unable to let go of their personal feelings, even when it flies in the face of character development. I might give her next book a go, but if that happens again, it’ll be my last go. Sorry for being so cryptic, but trying to explain without ruining the book for you.
  • In a Dark Dark Wood

    By Arnies volunteer
    Definitely a good good read. Would highly recommend it. Lots of twists and turns, a true page turner. The Ouija board and séance scene may have not really served a true purpose in the actual story. But I would still download it for sure.
  • Good, not great.

    By Bj_Watson12
    It wasn’t what I thought it would be. I like the mysteriousness of it, but it felt a little drawn out. I found myself getting bored with it from time to time. However, I liked the characters a lot, and the ending was somewhat satisfying.
  • In a Dark Dark Wood

    By Readingbythesea
    Good read, hard to put down, lots of guessing who’s the bad guy.
  • Don't waste your money

    By AwesomeSoph27
    I've never actually written a book review, but this book was so bad, I thought I should.
  • Dragged Out, But Good Ending

    By Rinnie0202
    Had a hard time getting into this book, but twist that unfold at the end made finishing the book well worth it.
  • Highly Recommend

    By Gutz97
    I absolutely loved this novel. There is so much detail that went into this story; I truly enjoyed everything about this novel. Once you discover the ending and who did it, you realize the genius of Ware's writing. I also loved Ware's writing style; it was so clear when you switched timelines, yet both run so smoothly side by side.
  • Is this book supposed to be scary?

    By malhuis1983
    I was overwhelmingly bored by this book. For something that's chocked up to be so scary you should read it "with the lights on", I was surprised that I could count only five things that were at all unnerving within the first 3/4 of the book. If anything, this should be labeled a simple crime novel, even though the crime itself isn't really that interesting. The thing that annoyed me the most though, is that a big secret is dangled in front of your face for the whole novel, and when it's finally revealed, it is a huge let down. I'm completely over this book.
  • Completely predictable, not at all thrilling

    By panda1812
    I am still unable to understand any of the "reviews" plastered to the front of this book or inside it's cover in stores. The story was so predictable, I knew what was coming a third of the way in, nearly to the letter, and certainly halfway in. Nothing was thrilling about it because of its predictability. I also found nothing about the main character compelling and felt no empathy for her background or the resulting tale. An absolute disappointment and a shame to waste with a bestseller label. Save your money.
  • Had potential, ultimately disappointing

    By EnvyKisses
    I really wanted to like this book. But I just didn't. The first half of the book is lackluster. The main character, Leonora (aka Lee, Leo, and Nora) wasn't very likeable to begin with. In fact, none of the characters were. I found myself not caring who the victim of murder would be or why. There simply was no character attachment or bond built up. Each character was obnoxious in their own way. Nora had a high school sweetheart she hasn't gotten over 10 years later.... she gets invited to her ex HS best friends hen weekend (bachelorette party) at a glass house in the woods. Even though they haven't spoken in 10 years. Cue murder mystery. Towards the end, there's some suspense. But it quickly fizzled when I was able to accurately predict the rest of the story and the murderer. I really felt let down by this writer and this "who done it" novel. The writing also felt elementary at best and could have used more depth. Overall, it was a quick boring read and I would not recommend this book.