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Good Reads Challenge Book Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood

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“I always thought that being self-sufficient was a strength, but now I realize it’s a kind of weakness, too.”
– Ruth Ware, In A Dark, Dark Wood

I’m so glad for another 3-day weekend. Happy 4th, everyone! I hope you’re doing well, taking care of your body as well as your mind, drinking plenty of water, enjoying some fun activities, and checking in with friends and family.

Since I’m still behind on several reviews [here and on Good Reads], I plan to do a review once a week until I’m caught up.  This is also to keep the book fresh in my brain. Today I’m reviewing In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

The Review

Title | In A Dark Dark Wood
| Ruth Ware
Pages | 308
Published  | April 2016
Genre | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
GR Rating | 3.72
Purchase | Amazon


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.

My Rating & Review  (4.00)

This was another library sale book I purchased this year. I added this book to my Good Reads “want to read list” in 2022. When books are popular, they are tough to find at the library.

College friends gather at a cabin in the woods for a friend’s “hen” night (bachelorette weekend)
before the wedding. What can possibly go wrong?

from In A Dark, Dark Wood
“People don’t change. They just get more punctilious about hiding their true selves.”

Since receiving the invitation, Nora (our protagonist) is unsure why she was invited since she has barely spoken to Clare (the bride-to-be) in years. Nora and Nina (another mutual friend) rent a car to attend the weekend festivities, where a few other friends of the bride will join them.

from In A Dark, Dark Wood
“There’s one thing I dislike more than being hurt, it’s being seen to be hurt.”

As the weekend progresses, tensions rise about the past and why they haven’t been as close as they were in school. However, a change of events would have Nora questioning everything she knew about her so-called friends. Murder, betrayal, and the tangled web of manipulation start to shape this story as Clare reveals her true self.

This book took me by surprise. I enjoyed the premise and the direction that that story followed, and the end game wasn’t apparent in this twisty mystery.

from In A Dark, Dark Wood
“He was a figment of imagination. A false memory, implanted by my own hopes.”

My Good Reads Progress

Book Reviews 2023

Since this last post, I’ve finished How Welcome to Night Vale, and I’ve started Mister Magic (Thank You, Net Galley).

What books are you reading this summer?  Share them in the comments.

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