Ruth Ware’s ‘In A Dark, Dark Wood’ Is A Truly Twisted Thriller [REVIEW]

Woman running through dark forest

‘In A Dark, Dark Wood’ is a twisted thriller. (Photo courtesy Satchmo-, Flickr)

Ruth Ware’s debut novel, In A Dark, Dark Wood, is a meticulously crafted suspense thriller. Ware draws the reader into the story with well-honed emotional manipulation. Some readers may call the book clever, while others may feel betrayed. I fit into the latter category.

In A Dark, Dark Wood

Scout Press

Yes, I understand an author must offer a buy in so that the reader can relate to the characters, but the end of this novel was simply disappointing.

Ware introduces us to Leonora, a reclusive writer who prefers to be alone, has a few friends and a job she enjoys. However, Leonora has a secret. The secret prompted her to leave both her college and her boyfriend, and resume her studies at another school nearby.

This secret is not revealed until very close to the conclusion of the novel at her childhood friends’ “hen” party. Once I knew the secret, I was left wondering “What was the big deal?” However, I  must commend Ware for writing a dark, suspenseful, and eerie story.

In A Dark, Dark Wood reminds me of the adage “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Although I probably won’t read another story by Ruth Ware, for those of you who enjoy a creepy psychological thriller, this book is up your alley.

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware (Photo courtesy Nick Tucker)


Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In A Dark, Dark Wood is her debut thriller.

Her hen night was very tasteful and nobody got murdered.

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By Ruth Ware
320 pgs. Scout Press. $26.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

One Response to Ruth Ware’s ‘In A Dark, Dark Wood’ Is A Truly Twisted Thriller [REVIEW]

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