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review 2016-12-04 07:58
In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Nora goes to the Hen Night of her high school best friend that she hasn’t spoken to in a decade. Someone dies, and Nora can’t remember what’s happen. We start this book in the hospital and then jump back to the start of things and it proceeds linearly from there.

This book has a character with amnesia so if that bugs you I’d probably skip this one.  Also this book was very predictable if you read many mysteries.  I enjoyed Ware’s writing, a few of the side characters, and the atmosphere but I read a lot of mystery thrillers and this one didn’t pack the punch I was looking for.   That being said I did bring it for a giveaway because I enjoyed it enough and was on a display table when I was walking though the bookstore looking for a book. Reese Witherspoon blurbed this as “Prepare to be scared…really scared!” it is a light crime mystery with a good atmosphere and writing but scary it is not.

I did have one serious gripe with this book that is totally a spoiler so

While I can understand why James would be willing to break off his engagement since Clare convinced or at least pushed Nora to have an abortion and then lied to everyone about what was going on, I do not understand Nora.  She says that she wasn’t that upset about the abortion but rather the breakup. Now either she’s lying and needs some counseling to reconcile her actions with herself OR she needs counseling because she is still emotionally distraught over a high school relationship a decade later.  I’m just saying, that was by far the most unrealistic thing to me that was really hard to suspend my disbelief for. Also James going to the house in the first place seemed…convenient but easier for me to suspend my disbelief for.

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review 2016-10-14 19:05
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Nora wakes up injured in hospital bed with no recollection of the events of the bachelorette party that landed her there. Unsure if she can trust her own mind, Nora must piece together the puzzle before it’s too late.

 

Nora, a crime fiction writer, is perplexed to receive an invitation to a hen do (bachelorette) party for a friend she hasn’t been in touch with for a decade. At the coaxing of a mutual friend, Nora decides to attend the weekend getaway in the English countryside. In a remote cabin deep in the woods, Nora is sequestered with five other guests. Struggling to put the past behind her, moments she thought were forgotten start to creep into to the present. Soon, the guests realize something is not right about the party. Nora knew she’d have trouble getting through the weekend, but she never thought her own survival would be at stake.

 

Recommended for fans of suspenseful, psychological mysteries with a female lead such as Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and I Let You Go.

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review 2016-09-30 22:28
In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Nora hasn't been in touch with her childhood best friend Clare in ten years. Then out of the blue an invitation to Clare's hen do arrives in her inbox. She knows going is a bad idea. She just didn't know how bad.

This book was sloooooooow. The writing was nothing spectacular. I did like the last 15% or so of the book even if some of it was a bit far-fetched/convenient, but overall this was a disappointing read for me.

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text 2016-06-30 20:37
Library Book Haul
A Scarpetta Omnibus: Postmortem / Body Of Evidence / All That Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #1, #2, #3) - Patricia Cornwell
Kisscut - Karin Slaughter
The Apprentice - Tess Gerritsen
Alone in the Dark (The Cincinnati Series) by Rose, Karen(February 2, 2016) Mass Market Paperback - Karen Rose
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
Revival - Stephen King
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
Snow White Must Die by Neuhaus. Nele ( 2013 ) Paperback - Neuhaus. Nele
Alone - Lisa Gardner
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review 2016-06-12 21:10
A Hen Party...
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Last night I had every intention of knocking out one of my 'must' read ARC's but I really was in the mood to just read whatever the hell I wanted, so I did and In a Dark, Dark Wood is what I chose. It was a good choice & the perfect story to read late at night when your home alone or everyone is in bed.  

 

It's about a group of old college friends that have been invited to a hen party aka bachelorette party for a girl named Clare that they all new from school. Nora isn't really sure why she's been invited because she hasn't been in touch with Clare for years but she makes a pact with Nina to go, if she goes too. The party is a weekend overnight trip to a glass house in the middle of nowhere. From the start Nora feels like something is off and as the weekend progresses so does the drama. 48 hours later Nora wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of what exactly happened that last night. 

 

I enjoyed this one a lot because the author did a fantastic job building the tension and keeping you guessing. The characters really added to the story too. They aren't all exactly likable but that's what makes this party interesting. In a lot of stories like this I'm usually constantly yelling at the characters because they do the stupidest things but I didn't have to do that much in this one which I really appreciated. There were only two parts where I was like "omg why *face palm*...

 

 

One was when the group, after being awakened at night to an open door swinging in the wind and footprints outside, instead of saying hey lets check the entire house for intruders, they just shut the door back, see that the TV and no major stuff was stolen in the main room and they go back to bed! Who does that really?

 

The second time was when Nora clearly suspects another guest of murder, she graciously accepts and drinks tea from this person, says to herself it tastes funny and then continues to drink it. She just watched this person crush meds into their own tea so why did it not dawn on her that hey maybe there is something in mine too? Duh! Again- who does that?!

 

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Overall, it was a nice Saturday night thriller and a fantastic debut for Ruth Ware. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down until I finished. 

 

 

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