Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

I received a free copy of In a Dark, Dark Wood from the publisher in return for an honest review.

"Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.

In a dark, dark wood...

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house...

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room...

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room....

Some things can’t stay secret for ever."

Sounds good right? Creepy, mysterious, thrilling and full of suspense? It wasn't. I was really looking forwards to this one, it sounded like it would be right up my street. I was expecting a dark tale, a thrilling page turner but I was disappointed.


The plot was predictable and dare I say it, laughable. There was none of the suspense, mystery, chills and thrills that the blurb hints at. It was like watching a lame teenage movie with the usual predictable cast: insecure girl, insecure girls outspoken friend, mean girl, mean girls duff and of course the token gay male BFF. The dialogue was petty, shallow and repetitive and certainly not what you would expect from characters that are all in their late 20's.


The characters were all very one-dimensional and acted more like immature whiny teenagers rather than the grown women they were meant to be. I found them annoying and disliked each and every one of them. As for the MC Nora, ugh! Get a grip woman. 10 years, get over it. Nora's story was so cliché and unbelievable. I just wanted to shake her and tell her get a grip.

Not one I would recommend.




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