In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware {Stephanie’s Review}


I buddy read In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware with Berls from Because Reading. One by One really blew me away in January. I’ve started moving through Ware’s backlist with In a Dark, Dark Wood in February.

Holy….cow. Ware is quickly becoming an auto buy author for me. I couldn’t put this book down. I was sitting on the edge of my seat trying to work through what could possibly happen next.

From the very beginning it all seemed off. I couldn’t understand why it was so important for Nora to come to a weekend bachelorette party for someone she hadn’t spoken to in ten years. I had a friendship that was dormant for ten years and I can’t imagine her asking and I couldn’t imagine me going. (We’re on great terms now!) It was a very fast paced read and I didn’t have to wait long to have everything revealed.

One of the complicated things about Ware’s books is that I rarely like her characters. I think that’s why I really struggled with the first book I read by Ware. Honestly not much changed for me here either. I didn’t much care for the characters in In a Dark, Dark Wood.

The plot is what really kept me going. I did like the idea of Nora’s life. It did seem incredibly lonely but she seemed pretty comfortable. I’ve loved the idea of a cozy small living situation since Matilda and Miss Honey’s cottage. I did like Nina but she did some pretty unlikeable things too.

I devoured In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware in just two days after a fairly long reading slump. I will absolutely continue to consume whatever Ware puts out.

2 responses to “In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware {Stephanie’s Review}”

  1. We read this for our Neighborhood book club last year. I really want to read more of her books and it should be easy as they are mostly standalone but somehow it isn’t. Fantastic review!


    1. This one was really good. I’m almost caught up. I may save more of them for the fall this year!


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