In A Dark, Dark Wood

In A Dark, Dark Wood

Large Print - 2015
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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 "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.
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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410484987
141048498X
Branch Call Number: LP WARE
Characteristics: 469 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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AL_CATHERINE May 02, 2017

While this thriller was definitely not what I expected, it was just dark and twisty enough to keep me guessing and reading to find out what happened next.

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AL_KATI Apr 21, 2017

Totally sucked in. Loved the whole experience of this book and we all were talking about it at lunch. Recommend if you're looking for a fresh thriller.

A weekend away at an English country house turns dark and sinister for Leonora.

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AL_ANDREW Aug 02, 2016

Very gripping and a top notch thriller in my book. Single person narration made it a vast improvement over similar reads in the genre. I couldn't picture myself at a hen weekend so that made it less terrifying for me, but I read it in the blink of an eye.


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brit4321
Oct 10, 2017

A fast read but......I found the premise contrived and unrealistic and the "mystery" as to "who" obvious. I'd give it 2 stars

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Annaf71
Sep 27, 2017

I couldn't get into it. If you were born after 1986 then this is for you. I stopped reading at page 47.

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RebelBelle13
Sep 17, 2017

I don't think I've ever read a mystery/thriller this fast- so that was certainly a factor when I thought about how I was going to rate this book. I haven't read one in awhile either, so I suppose it has that going for it as well. It was more mystery than thriller, and I certainly wasn't scared or on the edge of my seat as the blurbs on the cover promised. It's not scary. Frustrating? At times, certainly. I got a bit of the "And Then There Were None" vibe, in the sense that it was a remote location, with wide ranging cast of characters, and each had a few skeletons in their closet. The amnesia thing is way overdone, so that brought the rating down here, as well. Nothing new. I understand that the author doesn't want us to have all of the information at once, or we'd figure it out too quickly (I figured it out before the reveal myself). The character of Nora is insipid, frustrating, and weak. She isn't a protagonist you can count on, or see yourself being best friends with- which might be a plus in this case- since there's no perfect character or manic pixie dream girl to roll your eyes at. The one thing that really frustrated me about the whole thing, is her breakup with James could have been cleared up with a single conversation- so I have no sympathy for either of them. I suppose that's supposed to make it more real- but Nora and James' characters were so alien to me that I couldn't get inside their heads. The other thing that surprised me is that Ruth Ware is a British author, so it took me awhile to grasp some of the language, and I had to decipher words through context clues- but it didn't slow me down much. Either way, it gave me something to read over the holiday break, and it entertained me. For that, I have to give it 3 stars.

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LPL_Sarah
Sep 06, 2017

I love Ruth Ware's mysteries. Even if you think you've figured it out, she keeps you guessing 'til the very end.

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maggiepcurtis
Sep 04, 2017

A good read with suspense and twists. Enjoyed it and got through it fairly quickly.

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darcy007
Aug 09, 2017

Great read!

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kathylou
Jul 28, 2017

I enjoyed this updated isolated British country manor mystery filled with suspicious people with issues. It's nice to read a mystery that doesn't focus on super detectives that are incredibly intelligent or strong. I don't get all the Gone Girl comments but it is pretty good for a first book.

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navdamme
Jul 22, 2017

Overall a great novel. The beginning was a little slow, a little boring even, and I didn't really like the style it was in (so many parenthesis)! But once the story got started, it REALLY got started. The author worked me into such frenzy that I finished the book in one day. And I don't do that. Bottom line is I think it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.

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jezicuhh
Jun 20, 2017

A total page turner! My mouth dropped opener when the big twist was revealed (about midway through the book) and I rapidly read toward the finish afterward! I'm not saying this is a literary work of art, but if you want an interesting psychological thriller you can finish quickly, this one's for you! All the characters really started to get under my skin and I think that's exactly what the author wanted.

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badgirls
May 08, 2017

Just another entry in the 'twisty' mystery craze right now. No matter how clever the twist, it is no substitute for a well written story with just enough clues to keep you guessing.

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