In a Dark, Dark Wood By Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,077 Ratings





* An NPR Best Book of the Year * A ShelfAwareness Best Book of the Year * An Entertainment Weekly Summer Books Pick * A Buzzfeed “31 Books to Get Excited About this Summer” Pick * A Publishers Weekly “Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers” Pick * A BookReporter Summer Reading Pick * A New York Post “Best Novels to Read this Summer” Pick * A Shelf Awareness “Book Expo America Buzz Book” Pick *

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.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.


  • Great read

    By clickchicky
    Loved it! Easy read, with well developed characters.
  • Pretty Good

    By srb902
    It was good and kept me interested and was a page turner. I have read better though! The plot twist wasn’t very “shocking” though.
  • Predictable story, over-the-top use of profanity

    By cohillips0957
    If you don’t like the “f” word, don’t waste your money. I think the author used it to fill up space And due to lack of imagination. The story was predictable as well (I figured out “whodunnit” and why half way through the book). The writing murky in places.
  • Ridiculously predictable

    By Sofiasmom11
    Sadly predictable, elementary writing. Colossal waste of $10 and time.
  • Solid

    By MrsRosser2
    I read this cover to cover in one feast. Purchased at the airport and did not stop until the last page, which was turned 3 hours after the plane landed in beautiful Cabo San Lucas Mexico... literally. Ruth Ware... author crush.
  • Need a better ending

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    I don’t know why everyone complains about the stories leading up to the end, but like the endings itself. My second book from this author and the stories are decent but the endings are bland.
  • Approved!!

    By angiestephmh
    Overall, the book was a good one! Personally I don’t think it was WOOOOW but i did enjoy reading it! At first, without giving any spoilers away it did take a while to hook my attention. I was a little disappointed at first because i felt like it was giving me nothing to hang on too. Once I reached chapter 7 and on things immediately got wayyyyy better! Then, the last chapter has you feeling like hmmmmm? That’s it? But, nonetheless it was a good book. If you like suspense and mystery then this is the book for you. I love how the author describes things and makes you feel a certain type of away as you’re reading. You can really visualize it and feel it!
  • Meh

    By shoepershopper
    It left me wanting the ending to better and it just fell flat.
  • Boring

    By strawberrybookreader
    So boring. So so so boring.
  • It was...ok.

    By Baodan2985
    Overall, the book was okay. Nothing spectacular. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters and it was clear early on who was responsible for the incident. Felt more like a Lifetime Movie than a who-dun-it, but it wasn’t as awful as a lot of reviewers have suggested. Just...predictable. Which is fine. Not every book is going to take your breath away. And, but for the weird and out of place political statement about halfway through, it was enjoyable. Still that political statement made me like the main character even less, which probably wasn’t the effect the writer was going for. In fact, considering the leap the writer expects us to take in believing that the main character remains somewhat traumatized by a 10 year old breakup, it’s especially incredulous that the character also take the position the writer obviously supports with regard to the political statement. Btw, I’m not addressing the merits of the political statement, just the disconnect it has with the actual character. But sometimes a writer is completely unable to let go of their personal feelings, even when it flies in the face of character development. I might give her next book a go, but if that happens again, it’ll be my last go. Sorry for being so cryptic, but trying to explain without ruining the book for you.