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In a Dark, Dark Wood (Reprint) (Paperback) by Ruth Ware

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"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's instant New York Times bestseller 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 page"--

Book Synopsis


An NPR 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 Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * A BookReporter Summer Reading Pick * A New York Post "Best Novels to Read this Summer" Pick * A Shelf Awareness "Book Expo America 2015 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.

Review Quotes

"[In a Dark, Dark Wood] will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train."-- "Publisher's Weekly"

"In a Dark, Dark Wood packs a noirish punch that would make the Queen of Crime herself proud."-- "Bustle"

"[In a Dark, Dark Wood] mixes tropes popularized by such suspense novels as S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... with Agatha Christie touches. Ware writes with verve and energy, building up the suspense and keeping the pages flying.-- "Library Journal"

"An enchantingly unsettling thriller with mysterious characters and a classically spooky setting."-- "Shelf Awareness"

"The best thing about In A Dark, Dark Wood is the eerie atmosphere it creates for this ill-fated weekend, never overwrought, just ominous enough, the glass house where the guests are trapped 'dark and silent, blending into the trees, almost invisible.'"-- "USAToday.com"

"The next Girl on the Train...Ware hews [close] to the new genre of twisty-mystery women's books."-- "Vulture"

"Ware's debut novel sets the stage for her to become a household name... Engaging, suspenseful and mysterious."-- "RT Book Reviews"

"WARNING: This book is hot. Do not pick it up late at night or if you are in a dark, dark wood...Ruth Ware has a gift. This British author's first foray into fiction is a hit...it delivers a punch and keeps you guessing--an ideal August psychodrama that reminds us why mysteries remain such fun--except at night."-- "The New York Journal of Books"

A sinister mood lurks in [In a Dark, Dark Wood].-- "Elle Magazine, UK"

Eerie and mysterious!-- "EBookClassics"

Haunting.-- "Style Boston"

Just try to guess how sinister this plot can get (hint: VERY).-- "Marie Claire"

Ruth Ware's stunning first novel (catch it before the inevitable film) digs into all the hidden horrors of female 'friendship'; suddenly, the old playground secrets come slithering out.-- "Saga, UK"

The pulse-quickening plot of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware will keep you up until the small hours.-- "Good Housekeeping, UK"

Ware slowly unspools the mystery, setting a truly spooky scene ... with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on adark and stormy night--with all the lights on.-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Who pulls a gun at a bachelorette party? The answers are unveiled with Gillian Flynn-style trickery.-- "O Magazine"

You'll find it almost impossible to put this twisting, electrifying debut down...[The] foggy atmosphere and chilling revelations will leave you breathless."-- "Entertainment Weekly"

An English psychological thriller...compared to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.--Steve Bennett "My San Antonio"

If the premise might be the sort that Agatha Christie would have toyed with had she been a 21st-century graduate, Ware's analysis of the power-games some women revel in - and the toxicity in the undertow of some female friendships - is more reminiscent of Sophie Hannah, Christobel Kent, or even Gillian Flynn and Harriet Lane.--Patricia Nicol "Independent"

Likely to be the next Gone Girl.--Elizabeth Willse "Surrounded by Books"

So gripping. So glad my hen days are behind me. It's going to be huge.--Tamar Cohen, author of Dying for Christmas and The Broken

I raced through this, totally unable to put it down...Dark, smart and compulsive.--Nicci Cloke, author of Lay Me Down

I started IN A DARK, DARK WOOD on an airplane, kept dipping into it whenever I was left alone, devoured another big chunk on the flight home, and after that surrendered myself to it until the last revelation had bloomed, the final surprise had exploded, and the bittersweet conclusive turn had folded the final page. Ruth Ware has written an exciting, and in fact amazing book that never stops circling around behind the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes.--Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author

About The Author

Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail (Toronto) bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; The Death of Mrs. Westaway; The Turn of the Key; and One by One. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x 1 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 308
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Ruth Ware
Language: English
Street Date: April 19, 2016
TCIN: 50611474
UPC: 9781501112331
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3061
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews
57% would recommend
7 recommendations


1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
ma - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Ridiculous & over done.
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skip it

2 out of 5 stars
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jsanty - 3 years ago
predictable and boring
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Like Ruth Ware

5 out of 5 stars
GOOD READ - 3 years ago
I really loved this book. First author I really enjoyed after the vampire and witchcraft phase! Twilight, Sookie Stackhouse series, Harry Potter, The Vampire Diaries, etc. It kept me in suspense, but the only problem with ALL of her novels is that they fall flat at the end. NOTHING WORSE than reading a great book only to have it flop at the end! The Woman in Cabin Ten's ending was stupid, and almost like the person that was the killer was just thrown in and didn't have anything to do with the story at all. I still enjoyed reading it though.
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2 out of 5 stars
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Kimberly - 4 years ago, Verified purchaser
This book was very disappointing. All of the reviews I read stated how scary it was, but it was more dramatic and not scary whatsoever. The characters weren’t very smart, so the book was extremely predictable.
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Quick Read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Madison - 4 years ago
I was at Target on black friday and needed a novel for my dad, but they had a sale so I picked this book also because it'll be a movie soon. I wasn't disappointed! I thought it was really well done, made me get back into reading and kept me guessing!
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4 out of 5 stars
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Lkv - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
Good, not as SCARY as I thought it would be, which is good.
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Edge of your seat read!

5 out of 5 stars
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Ali - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
Such a great book. If you like being very creeped out this is a must read for you!
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Great quick read

4 out of 5 stars
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Bear00770 - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
I had a hard time putting it down! I read it in 2 days. A little predictable but overall a great story and a quick read!
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