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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!
©2015 Ruth Ware (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By Meg on 09-17-15

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 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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1 out of 5 stars
By Kaitlin Welty on 11-09-16

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I'll start on a positive note: The narrator was excellent. Okay now that I've got that out of the way: This book was awful. We begin with listening to hours of mundane details about 5 or so characters you never care about or really like. Their conversations, inner dialogue, boring conversations, inner dialogue. It's so terribly boring but I pushed on thinking we're just setting up and things will get better. Then I received a glimmer of hope as SOMETHING happens, only to have moooooooooore inner dialogue. Once you get to the crux of the book, where things should pick up and we should feel hooked and on the edge of our seats trying to figure out who-dunnit we gets hours and hours of, you guessed it, boring inner dialogue, an idiot character who "just can't figure it out!" despite the "bad guy" being so painfully obvious. I found myself fast forwarding through a good 20 minutes (this was at the climax of the book, mind you) just so I didn't have to keep hearing "it doesn't make sense" "if only I could remember" "it's so cold!" over and over and so the idiot protagonist could finally figure out the bad guy. Even at its resolution once we've figured it all out you're stuck scratching your head and thinking "Well does this resolution REALLY make sense..? Is the "bad" character's motive ACTUALLY strong enough to make them do what they did?" Everything felt so forced, drawn out, and boring that I wouldn't wish this book on anybody. Save your credit.

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