In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • by Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by Imogen Church
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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' instant New York Times best seller 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 second.
Includes an excerpt from Ruth Ware's The Lying Game!

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Both entertaining and annoying

This book had a strong start. I loved the premise and the author did an excellent job of pulling me into the story and keeping me engaged. Her description of the setting was incredibly eerie and creepy and kept me fascinated and interested in how the story would unfold and what secrets would be revealed. I'm not a big fan of the use of "amnesia" in a story to build suspense. It always feel cheap to me...like the author didn't want to come up with something more plausible or original. In this case it seemed to work... Until it didn't.

By the last 3 hours I was sick to death of it. It just kept going on, and on, and on. The whiny and overwrought internal dialogue of Nora grated on my nerves and more than once I wanted to stop listening. The "I wish I could remember but I can't remember" bit was so repetitive I could have skipped whole chapters and missed nothing. It kind of ruined the whole book for me.

The best part was the narrator. She did an excellent job with mediocre material.

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- Meg

THIS BOOK.

So much praise for this book!

IN A DARK, DARK WOOD is a psychological thriller in the same vein as GONE GIRL. Dark, contemporary, wry, edgy, enthralling, engrossing and confounding. It kept me guessing until the very end. Unlike GONE GIRL, the ending was satisfying.

The story revolves around a bachelorette party in a remote cottage. The small cast of characters is mostly female, mostly in their late 20's. Sounds like chick-lit, right?

WRONG! This is a book for everyone who loves a good, twisted thriller, male or female, college-aged, middle-aged, etc.

A fantastic listen. More Ruth Ware please!
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- jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio