UK Publishing Date: 30/07/2015. 354 Pages.
In a Dark, Dark Wood is the debut from Ruth Ware. It is a modern day Agatha Christie style crime thriller with all the protagonists isolated in a cottage for the weekend.
When Nora receives an invitation to a hen party she is quite surprised. She hasn’t seen Clare since she left school, ten years before. Unusually the hen party invitation isn’t accompanied by a wedding invite. Nina – a mutual friend – persuades Nora to go with her and they set off for the isolated cottage in Northumberland.
As soon as they reach the cottage it isn’t long before tensions start to flare and secrets are uncovered. Before blood is spilt.
It has a feel of the classic Christie about it with a group of strangers brought together to pursue a hidden agenda. Even the denouement at the end feels as though it popped out of a Poirot story. This isn’t a criticism though and I really enjoyed the book. You do have to pay a bit of attention because the chapters vary from two perspectives – after the event and everything leading up to it. This does help to create a bit more tension as there are hints as to what has happened in the “after” chapters.
I will definitely be looking out for Ruth Ware’s next book.
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You can find the book here: In a Dark, Dark Wood