In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware | Book Review

Rating: 5/5

Favourite Quote: “It was growing dark, and somehow the shadows made it feel as if all the trees had taken a collective step towards the house, edging in to shut out the sky.”

Review: This. Book. I started reading it late last night thinking I’d just check out a couple chapters before bed…and then ended up staying up till 4.30am to finish it! I just HAD to know what was going on. And not many storylines have grabbed me in that way before. I mean I’ve stayed up all night reading before but I don’t usually finish a book in one sitting.

I think it might have been the fun, and kind of tense, beginning where everything was still ok that really pulled me in. It was just like the start of my favourite type of horror film. Everyone’s smoking and drinking and playing games and catching up. Only us as the reader/watcher know this is just the calm before the storm.

And what a storm it was! I really felt for Nora, the protagonist, who I liked because she was always in the moment. Nina aswell, who was Nora’s old school friend, who was constantly coming out with shocking or hilarious (sometimes both) comments. Well actually all the characters were good. I never once got confused or forgot who was who. They all had such clearly different personalities.

Oh and the setting! I personally love being in the woods and find being surrounded by trees very calming. But Ruth Ware managed to make me uneasy about all the trees surrounding the glass house that the characters are staying in. One of the characters even says something about feeling like he’s on stage and the trees are watching and another describes how she feels the trees have moved in closer. Both comments got to me and made me feel thoroughly creeped out!

SPOILERS START HERE

The creepiness was kept up throughout the whole book and really kept me guessing what was going on. When the footprints were discovered I thought this was going to be a typical home invasion thriller. Wrong! Then the Ouija board was brought out and I thought this was going to take a supernatural turn. Wrong again!

And I really loved this. I was constantly trying to guess what was going on and where the story was going. I don’t usually read thrillers so this was all very new and exciting to me. I must have made a hundred wrong guesses though!

The only thing I got right is that James didn’t send that awful text, which honestly made me feel a bit ill, 10 years earlier. It was ground into us throughout the book that Nora wanted to be called Nora now and not Lee like her old school friends used to call her. And Nora mentioned at some point that only one person ever called her Lea which I guessed straight away was James. And then that horrible text started “Lee” and I had a *shock/gasp* moment!

SPOILERS END HERE

Overall I can’t fault anything with this book or it’s characters or storyline or the big reveals. I found the whole thing immensely entertaining and my heart was pounding so hard through the middle/end!

So now I’m off to see if Ruth Ware has written anything else!

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