Leonora Shaw keeps to herself; a successful crime writer that prefers to keep her life, present and past, private. When she receives an invitation to attend a weekend party for a friend from her past, she reluctantly decides to attend. What begins as an awkward weekend quickly dissolves into Leonora trying to keep the past buried. When she wakes up in the hospital covered in blood and bruises, she desperately has to solve the puzzle of how she ended up there, who was hurt, and did she hurt them. Ruth Ware has written a twisty fast paced thriller that I couldn’t put down. Will highly recommend to those who enjoy unreliable narrators.
This book has all the trappings of a good English mystery– an approaching storm, an isolated house, mysterious footprints, and a group of (near) strangers all locked in together. Even the characters are playfully crafted, just as you think they’re becoming a cliche they do something totally unexpected. ‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’ is a titillating exploration of the classic tropes layered with all the complex style and hard edges found in the best modern thrillers.
Finished this in a 5-hour chunk, into the wee hours of the morning. Highly recommended for fans of Tana French or “The Girl on the Train”. A strong cast of characters (including the en vogue unreliable narrator, of course), a chillingly atmospheric glass house in the woods of Northumberland, and a slow-burn plot made this an absolute winner for me.