In a Dark, Dark Wood is an awesome page-turning psychological suspense novel!
I almost didn’t give this one a try. I had heard numerous people rave about it, but I was so hesitant because I didn’t enjoy The Woman in Cabin 10 at all.
Thankfully, I was surprised by this book! While it still had some of the irritating elements of the first book from Ruth Ware that I had read, I really enjoyed this one!
My Thoughts on In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Per usual with suspense and thrillers, I can’t dive too deep here because I don’t want to give too much away!
The prologue certainly sets the scene well! I love when authors add this beginning splash of action, but then back up to show us how the characters wound up there.
This book is organized in a way that jumps between the past (leading up to, and at the Hen Party), and the present (after the Hen Party). What made this organization so strong for me, was that it wasn’t a time jump in each chapter; rather, the time jumps occurred more at random.
In chapter one, I was immediately drawn to the main character, Nora. As the book progressed, I continued to like her, but also feel quite bad for her. Toward the end, I found myself so irritated by some of her decisions, but each one really helped to add to the suspense!
Another element of this book that made the suspense so strong was that the author leads you into thinking that you’ve got the mystery all figured out. But then she throws you a curveball, and you’re suddenly going down another road. This continued to happen right up until the reveal!
My Favorite Passages from In a Dark, Dark Wood
“Hi!!!” she said, and somehow her tone gave the word three exclamation marks…
It was growing dark, and somehow the shadows made it feel as if all the trees had taken a collective step towards the house, edging in to shut out the sky.
You think people would be wary of spilling to a writer. You think they’d know that we’re essentially birds of carrion, picking over the corpses of dead affairs and forgotten arguments to recycle them in our work – zombie reincarnations of their former selves, stitched into a macabre new patchwork of our own devising.
The front door is not deadlocked, and I open the lock from the inside without difficulty. When I do, the force of the wind nearly bangs the steel door into my face, and the snow rushes inside like a living thing, trying to get in, trying to force what little warmth is left in the house back out.
My Final Thoughts on In a Dark, Dark Wood
I would definitely recommend this book to those that enjoy novels with a great mix of mystery and suspense with a splash of bad decision making and unlikable characters! I really enjoyed the read!
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