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In a Dark, Dark Wood

Written by: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A weekend away deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in this suspenseful and compulsive debut psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear...is yourself.

Leonora (Lee to some, Nora to others) is a reclusive writer, but when an old friend unexpectedly invites her to a weekend away in an eerie glass house, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But a haunting realization creeps in to the party: they are not alone in the woods.

Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?” she tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. In order to uncover secrets and reveal motives, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she’d rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the vein of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this gripping thriller will have listeners on the edge of their seats until the very last sentence.

©2018 Ruth Ware (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Disappointed

Given the tag line on the cover by Reece Witherspoon - “prepare to be scared... really scared” - I was anticipating a much more gripping and eerie thriller. As it was, there was nothing scary about it and I had a lot of the story (ie what originally happened between James and Nora, and the whodunit part) figured out just after halfway through the book.

As a protagonist, Nora’s reluctance to share her thoughts with others - or really to even have any particularly deep thoughts or personality - was frustrating. I also had a difficult time comprehending how her character continued to harbour such deep feelings about James (to the point they impeded any other potential relationships) 10yrs after they broke up. Particularly considering that A) they had only been together for 6 months as 16yr olds, and B) she had made zero attempts to contact him over all those years. I just don’t buy it. There needed to be a bigger story here to support this apparent obsession.

The narration was not bad, although I found myself irritated by the lack of consistency in the characters voices - most notably Nora (which would go back and forth between higher- or lower-pitched compared to the narrator’s voice throughout the book) and Flo (who it seemed the narrator couldn’t quite decide on a particular pitch or accent and so she was a motley crew of different inflections).

Overall, it was a decent listen that kept me engaged, but unfortunately lacked enough suspense and left me feeling a bit cheated at the end.

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Boring and Predictable and Now I'm Blind

This book might be good, if you're a gullible little baby. This book isn't suspenseful at all. This book is an exercise is frustration because it makes it so obvious who the bad guy is and every other twist and turn is as thinly veiled. I was a few hours ahead of almost every major twist. Oh, you're probably wondering about the blind thing in the title. Well my great grandson is writing this because the plot was so predictable and the main character was so gullible and obtuse that at some point, when i was buying flowers, my eyes rolled right out of their sockets. They rolled onto the table and onto the floor and then my poor eyeballs rolled out of the door. They'd been rolling, twisting and turning ever since I started the damn book, but I ignored my intuition and listened on.

Anyways, back to the book. I feel like dramatic irony only works when the reader gains information that the protagonist doesn't possess. In this stupid book, the main character has all the information I have but can't put two and two together (for those who enjoyed this book, its four). I was legitimately walking my commute looking like a crazy person because I kept making "wtf" motions with my hands. ***spoilers dumb ending up ahead*** The protag is so unbelievably dumb that she drinks tea made by her murderous friend who tried to frame the murder on her. Not only that, but the tea tastes off and she never considers it a problem and just believes her killer friend. Like what the hell my dude. How am i supposed to cheer on somebody who acts like a complete moron. Plus she's so pathetic. Half the lines are "OMG I GOTTA GET OVER JAMES WHY AM I SO PATHETIC"

Anyways my four grand cousins just located my eyes and are working them back into their sockets. Nimble little fingers, y'know? Don't read this book if you're capable of basic problems solving .

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Georgie's Review

Excellent book and narrator. Well written keeps you on your toes. The narrator I am familiar with I have a couple books of hers and the variety of voices she uses is amazing.

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typical

I didn't race to listen. I found it predictable. I didn't find it scary either. The performer was the best audio reader I have hear yet.

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loved it

this is my third book by Ruth Ware, quickly becoming a huge fan. I love that they aren't all the same

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Great Listen, Suspenseful

Loved it. The Narrator is always captivating in all her Ruth Ware readings. Kept me guessing til the end.

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Good Story

Too many f-bombs for my taste, but I will listen to anything narrated by Imogen Church!
Good story, lots of twists. Kept my attention right to the end.

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Quick Read!

I liked the book but I didn’t love it. I decided to read it because it was suggested by Reese’s book club and it had the comment that you should be “prepared to be really, really scared.... “ I didn’t find this book scary at all. It is easy to read it through, and it does keep you hooked at some parts but once you reach half of it you already know what the twist will be. I would’ve liked a better explanation to how the police put the pieces together... lots of loose ends. The way the author writes the climax of the story is really good but the ending leaves you a little disappointed.

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Great story and incredible narrator

I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint is I was looking forward to being scared and though it is suspenseful it is not eerie.

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Dark and twisty

Twisty story and all characters are relatable. Great setting for a murderous weekend. Kept me wanting to know more...

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  • 2019-09-02

The narrator was fantastic. Good story.

The narrator did a great job what is each character's voice. The story was a little slow at first but the second half things got interesting and I was on the edge of my seat.

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  • 2019-12-02

Suspenseful!

Kept me guessing til the end. I could not put it down.
A five star listen.