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In a Dark, Dark Wood review

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Format: library eaudiobook

Summary: Nora gets an invitation to the bachelorette party of a friend that she hasn’t seen in ten years. Hesitant to the idea she still decides to attend and the weekend goes sideways in ways she could not have expected.

Review: Was this book fairly predictable? Yeah. But was it still enjoyable and I was pretty hooked on the whole book. I went back and forth about the killer but I didn’t waffle too much about it. The motivation for the murder was weird to me, I didn’t find it convincing.

I always like an unreliable narrator in thrillers, I liked that Nora couldn’t remember some of the events due to an accident which she was in the hospital for. I liked how she was struggling to remember what was actually happening. I didn’t really think her plan to go back to the house to try to restart her memories was a smart idea.

I didn’t think Nora suddenly deciding to attend the party of a friend she hasn’t seen or talked to in years was very believable. I know she had to get there but I wouldn’t go nor do I know anyone who would either, especially when she wasn’t invited to the wedding. Red flags, everywhere.

When I read a thriller book like this, I’m not looking for anything groundbreaking. I expect it to be somewhat predictable. What I want is something that’s engaging and entertaining. This book fulfills those expectations. Are there some plot holes and predictability? Sure, but I don’t go in expecting those things to be absent. I feel if you’re a fan of the genre then you go in expecting these sorts of things.

I liked how intense Flo was throughout the whole book, how she was obsessed with the bachelorette weekend going just the exact way that she had envisioned. Her ideas of good activities for a bachelorette party were hilarious too. Ah yes, let’s go to a gun range and then play with a oujia board– all great fun.

Recommendation: If you’re in the mood for an engaging and fun thriller then I highly suggest this one.

2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A debut novel


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