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text 2017-09-22 02:47
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

So everything up til now was good and now it's kind of gone off the rails. I can guess who the victim is. But I want to know what Nora is so choked up about concerning her and her ex. Her inability to meet a guy since her breakup with a guy she dated when she was 16 feels off. 

 

And I hope I am wrong about any machinations taking place. There's one character who has been stand out bonkers so it would be weird if they were behind things.

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text 2017-09-21 23:34
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Holy cow this is good. I didn't like the woman in cabin 10 but this is really really good.

 

Just reading since I don't think it fits a square I need. Maybe I can push to my second card???

 

 

Love the plot of woman who attends a long lost friend's hen's night in a glass house in the woods. Seems like something has happened but we don't know what. We're going back and forth from past to present. 

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review 2017-08-19 00:00
In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware Excellent! Much better than The Woman in Cabin 10 and I thought that was an awesome, crisp read. Definitely recommend for anyone who's read Paula Hawkins or Ruth Ware's other books.
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review 2017-02-01 00:00
In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware The novel starts with our protagonist running breathless and bloodsplattered through the snowy woods repeating a mans name, out of fear, or calling for help we don't know. Later, in a hospital, she has trouble piecing together what happened that weekend.

Leonora receives an unexpected invitation to the bachelorette party (called a hen night in Britain, maybe in America too, I don't know what women do) from a close, childhood friend she hasn't spoken to in ten years. She's reluctant to go, but with the encouragement of another old friend she agrees. There are only a few other guests, few being able to make it to the short-notice event. The house is set by itself deep in the woods and contrary to expectations is a modernist structure with open glass walls on all sides. There's a feeling of being watched.

The action keeps going back and forth from Nora's hospital bed to her foggy memories of the weekend. Something bad happened and she has to remember what, because she appears to be the prime suspect and their may be more lives at stake. The book gets hard to put down.

I typically don't like thrillers. I like thrills and suspense, but they seem to have more trouble than mystery stories in finding a palatable ending. In a Dark, Dark Wood is no exception. Nora's struggling memory, the behavior of the other guests, the final pulse-pounding chapters are all too convenient for me. There is a load of other elements that make up the meat of the plot, but other reviewers have nailed it so I won't bother with spoiler-tag worthy revelations. So, since I usually have a problem suspending my disbelief for this kind of story, take my review with a grain of salt.
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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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