Friday 13 January 2017

In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - Book Review

Amanda Kennedy

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I seem to be on a run of reading feminine noir this month, and was looking for my next read. In A Dark Dark Wood fit the vein of my current genre crush, though I should admit that after having read reviews on Amazon, I was apprehensive about the quality of writing.

Perhaps due to this forewarning, I was not disappointed. Ruth Ware's novel is fast-paced and exciting, a murder mystery in which six unlikely people come together in a glass house far from the reach of a mobile phone signal. If Agatha Christie was resurrected in the mind of a chick-lit writer, In A Dark Dark Wood could well be the end result.

Most (perhaps all) of the characters are beautiful, trendy or successful: too stereotypical to win any major literary awards. Our main protagonist is Leonora (Nora) Shaw, a crime writer who likes to run. An email invite to the hen night of a friend she has not seen since school intrigues her; persuaded by another friend, she takes the chance and goes along, only for the weekend to take a disastrous turn for the worse...

Despite it's inadequacies, I found In A Dark Dark Wood to be an enjoyable, gripping read which I truly didn't want to put down! I did guess most of the mystery fairly early on, but still wanted to discover the reasons why: ultimately, the most satisfying aspect of any whodunnit in my opinion.

I'm looking forward to reading The Woman in Cabin 10 once my copy arrives. While Ruth Ware may not win a Nobel prize in literature, her stories are wholly engrossing.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Amanda Kennedy / Book Blogger, Writer & Editor

Amanda is a lifelong learner and book lover who lives in the North of England with her family and several cats. She writes book reviews, literary news and bookish articles here on All My Pretty Books.

To learn more about Amanda's own work, visit her personal website.


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