Review: In a Dark Dark wood by Ruth Ware

dark dark woodNora 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….

Something can’t stay secret forever.


I read The Woman in Cabin 10 awhile back and I remember hearing about this one even then. I think what caught my eye was the hen-do. I was imagining strippers, accidental deaths et al and it all sounded quite thrilling haha. Well, the bridal shower in this case didn’t have any strippers but it did have an ex, an obsessive friend, a huge house in the dark woods, games and even an Ouija board.

What I really liked about this book was the setting. The house was huge, secluded and surrounded by dark woods. If I remember correctly, there were no curtains. Characters even remarked that being in the house felt like being on stage performing to an audience in the woods. Creepy! In addition, there was no network and so phones were useless. I also liked the mix of friends. They were an odd group. A hen do should have close girlfriends but Clare’s had a guy and some friends she hadn’t spoken to in a decade. It was also some last minute thing so only 5-6 friends made it in the end.

There was something foreboding that kept me glued to the pages. At the same time, I can’t really explain it but I wasn’t really gripped by the narrative. I liked the story but didn’t love it. I think the twists and secrets were underwhelming. Probably because I spotted them a bit too early or I was expecting something bigger. Well I’m in the minority though, this is quite a popular title going by other reviews.

Have you read this book? Did you like it?