In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime
Release Date: July 30, 2015
Overall Rating: 4 stars
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.
This is a GREAT book. It's dark, chilling, and extremely suspenseful. Being the authors first novel, I have to say that I am quite impressed with the storyline in general, and the technique she used in writing it. For instance, told in the first POV, readers are able to get a sense that they are in the mind of the main character. This allows us not only to connect with her but to feel everything she feels from moment to moment. Anyway, it sort of reminds me of Caroline Kepnes work (although we are not in the mind of a stalker with this one). The author just used perfect execution and precision in writing this one making it extremely enjoyable and very, very creepy! Readers should be warned though that the blurb doesn't necessarily do this story justice. When I first picked up this book I was lead to believe that someone gets shot at a bachelorette party and things go haywire from there. This is NOT the case though. Yes, someone gets shot but the underlying secrets and happenings are much more dark and twisted than one would originally think!
Readers who enjoy Caroline Kepnes, Paula Hawkins, and even Liane Moriarty (without the added humor) would certainly be good candidates for this book. While it is a little slow going in the beginning the story really picks up towards the middle and starts to fly in the last 30-35% of it. So... Looking for a new author to try? Enjoy darker mysteries and thrillers? Than I recommend this book!
4 Pretty Little Stars