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review 2017-11-12 18:12
The Lying Game
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

This is the first book I've read by Ware despite having had my eye on her previous books. I now regret not having picked them up sooner. I was immediately drawn into the story of four tight knit teenagers who met at a coastal boarding school called Salten. They developed the lying game where they would concoct elaborate lies to tell people who were not part of their small circle and award each other points. The game had rules, one of which was, never lie to each other.

The girls are eventually kicked out of their boarding school and all go their separate ways until years down the road when their shared secret comes back to haunt them. A single text reunites them.  

"I need you." 

The book jumps back and forth between Isa's perspective and their past. The story slowly unravels to reveal how they met, their shared secrets, and what became of each of them. I didn't give this book a full five stars only because the final reveal didn't blow me away as much as I had anticipated. I enjoyed the ride and discovering the mystery, I just wanted a bit more thrill and suspense. I am, of course, looking forward to reading more from Ware.



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review 2017-10-24 17:07
In a Dark, Dark Wood (I en mörk, mörk skog) by Ruth Ware (SWE/ENG)
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware


En oväntad inbjudan dyker upp i den tillbakadragna författaren Noras mejl – det är barndomsvännen Clare som ska gifta sig. En av Clares väninnor håller på och organiserar en möhippa, och vill gärna att Nora kommer trots att det var åratal sedan Nora och Clare hade någon kontakt.

Väl på plats, långt ute i skogen, för en helg med sprit och lekar, gör alla sitt bästa för att bjuda till, men snart uppstår spänningar mellan både nya och gamla bekantskaper. Är alla verkligen där på samma premisser? Varför är Nora bara bjuden på möhippan men inte på bröllopet? Och vem är det egentligen Clare ska gifta sig med?

Kontakten med omvärlden är i det närmaste obefintlig i det isolerade huset. Mobiltäckningen är usel och den fasta telefonen fungerar inte. Inom loppet av ett dygn går möhippan från krystad och märklig till våldsam och katastrofal – och Nora hamnar på sjukhus.

Frågan är bara vad som hänt från det att hon och de andra lämnade huset tills det att hon vaknade upp i en sjukhussäng. Hur har hon fått alla skador? Var är de andra? Och varför sitter det poliser på vakt utanför rummet där hon ligger?

Och framför allt – varför minns hon inte vad det är som har hänt?


I en mörk, mörk skog är en intressant psykologisk thriller om en ung kvinna, Nora, som vaknar upp på ett sjukhus, skadad, och utan minnen av vad som hände med henne. Nu måste hon pussla ihop allt som hände från det ögonblick hon fick ett e-postmeddelande om en möhippa för Clare, en vän att hon inte har sett på tio år. För Nora är denna inbjudan ganska förvånande, särskilt eftersom hon inte är inbjuden till bröllopet, och hon vet inte ens vem Clare ska gifta sig med...
Jag måste erkänna att i början tyckte jag inte att berättelsen vara särskilt engagerande. Lätt att läsa ja, men jag hade bara svårt att riktigt gilla karaktärerna eller historien. Jag menar att det var ganska lätt att se att någon kommer att dö och någon kommer att vara mördaren. Skulle den stora twisten vara att Nora själv skulle vara mördaren? Vem vet. Men det kom en punkt när jag plötsligt fann mig väldigt engagerad i vad som hände. Karaktärerna började avslöja saker om sig själva och jag fick en känsla av att svaren på allt låg i det förflutna...
I en mörk, mörk skog visade sig vara en riktigt bra bok. I början, kunde jag som sagt inte riktigt se vad som gjorde boken så speciell, men historien visade sig vara riktigt bra och det fanns några oväntade ögonblick i boken. Kanske inte den mest överraskande slut, men den passade historien. Allt och alla en riktigt bra bok!

Tack till Lind & Co för recensionexemplaret!



What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.


In a Dark, Dark Wood is an interesting psychological thriller about a young woman, Nora, who wakes up in a hospital, injured, but with no memories of what happened to her. Now, she has to piece together everything that happened from the moment she got an email about a bachelorette party for Clares, a friend that she hasn't seen in ten years. For Nora is this invitation quite surprising, especially since she isn't invited to the wedding, and she doesn't even know who Clare is marrying...

For the first part of the book did I not think the book to be especially engaging. Easy to read yes, but I just had a hard time warming up to the characters and the story. I mean it was quite easy to see that someone is going to die and someone will be the killer. Would the great twist be that Nora herself would be the killer? Who knows. But, there came a point when I just found myself quite caught up with the story. The characters started to reveal things about themselves and I got the feeling that the answers to it all lie in the past.

In a Dark, Dark Wood turned out to be a pretty good book. Yes, in the beginning, I failed to see the big deal about the book, but the story turned out to be really good and there were some unexpected moments in the book. Perhaps not the most surprising ending, but it fitted the story. All, and all a really good book!


Thanks to Lind & Co for the review copy!

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review 2017-10-13 17:45
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Three and a half star rating.
Four well to do girls meet at a coastal boarding school immediately forming a clique but they weren't very nice to anyone else - why tell the truth when you can lie? This friendship continues over the next 15 or so years when any can call on the others for help despite the fact they don't actually see each other very much. Out of the blue Kate contacts Thea, Fatima and Isa to cover up the biggest lie of all. Isa is the one telling the story so everything is from her point of view. I liked the descriptions of school life and the locations plus the slow build up with the tension gradually being racketed up but the girls/women's characters hadn't improved much. Easy to read, flowed along nicely and quite gripping in parts.

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review 2017-09-27 20:05
Well This Quickly Turned Sideways
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

So...what happened was, the book at first was very intriguing and I liked the dynamics and it quickly fell apart. I mean it just did not stick the landing at all. I guessed at who the victim was and who the villain was and when you find out the why of things you will laugh. Or maybe that was just me. I definitely laughed. Everything was absurd to the 10th power pretty much.


The main character in this book, Lenora (known as Nora) is a fairly successful writer. She is very solitary and barely seems to live her small flat besides her occasional runs. When Nora is invited to an old friend's (Clare) bachelorette party weekend, she wonders why after such a long time she was invited. And there is a hint of something sinister between them and why Nora has not talked to Clare in a long time. 


The other characters at first were interesting. I liked Nora, was intrigued by Clare, and though that another long time friend of Nora and Clare's (Nina) and two other friends of Clare's, one that is highly stressed individual and Tom (the only male in the group). 


Nora got on my nerves though. I just didn't buy that she could be this dumb (she is readers) and I did not buy the reasons why she was not able to move on from a teen relationship she had when she was 16 years old. Sorry. I just don't. It's irrational as anything and the guy (James) was barely present in this book and Ware did not do enough to make me give a good crap about him when he was present. 


The book moves through the future, past (most recent) and later past. I didn't really enjoy the segues back and forth since not a lot of things made sense. And maybe I am a horrible person, but the reveal about what made Nora run and hide from relationships was eye roll inducing. I don't want to spoil for other readers, but it was really awful. I was expecting something truly dark. 


When we get to the ending and final reveal about what is going on I once again didn't buy it. Who does things like this that are not sociopaths? It just didn't feel real believable to me. 

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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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