Book Review 1. In a Dark, Dark Wood

The first book I am reviewing is for adults. Most of the books I will be reviewing on here will be for young adults and children, but I just finished this one and thought I’d kick off my reviews with In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

This is a psychological thriller full of mystery. Our main character is Nora who decides to go to a hen for her once best-friend, Clare. The only thing is, they haven’t spoken in over ten years, having left an unsettled past behind them. Upon going to this hen despite her best wishes, she finds herself in the company of various strangers and it’s not long before things go awry and someone is suspected for murder.

Was it Clare, the perfect person in everyone’s eyes, even in Nora’s. Was it her over-obsessed friend, Flo, or was it Nora, who can’t remember exactly what happened the night everything went wrong?

I enjoyed this book. It was down-to-earth, easy to read, and kept me engaged. While I couldn’t relate to any of the events in the book, I could relate to the main character’s motivation for going to the hen as well as some of her internal insecurities.

Each character was well thought out and individual. And even though I had a pretty good hint as to who-done-it, I was still interested as to the how and why.

This book would be good for adults who love mystery and suspense. On a scale from 1-5, 1 being the least and 5 being the most adored or enjoyed, I’d give this book a 4.

The last note I have for this book and as a warning, it does have a fare amount of language. I simply choose to ignore that, but in truth, I really didn’t enjoy that factor.

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Published by E.L. Pierce

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