Friday, 1 January 2016
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood is an atmospheric, tense thriller from debut author Ruth Ware.
When Nora receives an unexpected email invitation to a hen party she is mystified. She hasn't seen her old school friend Clare for ten years but after speaking to her friend Nina, who has also received an invite, she decides to go as long as Nina goes too.
The hen weekend is being arranged by Clare's new best friend Florence and being held at her aunt's house which just happens to be in the woods. We then find out that Clare is marrying an ex-boyfriend of Nora's but something has obviously happened previously as Nora doesn't seem happy and it ends up being a very unforgettable weekend for everyone.
Ruth Ware's writing is reminiscent of Agatha Christie and her descriptions were so vivid I could picture myself in the house with them. There was a very sinister undertone growing as the story progresses and you get to find out more about each of the characters, some of which are more likable than others.
Some of the revelations were a little obvious but there are plenty that I didn't see coming and I was keen to find out more about this eclectic group of people.
I thought this was a first-rate debut novel and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
With kind thanks to Netgalley and publishers Vintage for the review copy.