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In a Dark, Dark Wood Audiobook

In a Dark, Dark Wood

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Publisher's Summary

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not "what happened?" but "what have I done?", Nora (Lee) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins' instant New York Times best seller The Girl on the Train and S. J. Watson's riveting national sensation Before I Go to Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last tick.

©2015 Ruth Ware (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-06-15
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "THIS BOOK."

    So much praise for this book!

    IN A DARK, DARK WOOD is a psychological thriller in the same vein as GONE GIRL. Dark, contemporary, wry, edgy, enthralling, engrossing and confounding. It kept me guessing until the very end. Unlike GONE GIRL, the ending was satisfying.

    The story revolves around a bachelorette party in a remote cottage. The small cast of characters is mostly female, mostly in their late 20's. Sounds like chick-lit, right?

    WRONG! This is a book for everyone who loves a good, twisted thriller, male or female, college-aged, middle-aged, etc.

    A fantastic listen. More Ruth Ware please!

    46 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    John 09-22-15
    John 09-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A mystery should be mysterious..."

    The narrator was fabulous with her rounded dulcet tones...but there was literally no suspense whatsoever.. It was painfully predictable... with all of the answers quickly obvious to anyone with a drop of imagination... What a bitter disappointment.,. It could have been wonderful... What a shame ...will not be recommending it to a soul..it would be an infuriating waste of time for them as well..,

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry 12-18-15
    Kerry 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Never been so annoyed"

    I have never wanted to slap a character as much as Nora. Maybe it is the narrator but Nora is so pathetic and irritating. It makes it hard to finish the book with someone constantly feeling bad for themselves.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn A. Davidson Norfolk, VA, USA 08-29-15
    Robyn A. Davidson Norfolk, VA, USA 08-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Tiresome character"

    Really surprised by how little I liked this given the raving reviews. I thought this was... a little less than OK. We spend all of our time inside the main character Nora's head and she's rather weak and neurotic. I read a lot of mystery and the fact you could figure out who the baddie is didn't bother me - it was having to slog through all the passages of Nora's inner monologue and her insecure pitiful thoughts... I really wanted to yell for her to grow some self esteem. This was mostly psychological and not much thriller. The narration was good though!

    41 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 11-14-15
    Kim 11-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I needed for it to end"

    After starting this book on a long car trip, I didn't find myself wanting to turn it back on for the trip back home, but I did. I needed to know what happened--but not because the story was exciting or suspenseful. I had hoped that the author had carefully snuck some twists in there that I was not expecting. She did not. The story was predictable. The characters weren't likable--not a single one. And if the narrator described how cold she was just one more time...it became a running joke for me and my copilot on this trip. Lots of missed opportunities with this book. Plus- I never believed any of the characters motivations for what they were doing/had done. Save your money and your credits.

    33 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Lois 07-10-16
    Lois 07-10-16
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    "Don't waste your time!"

    Slow, monotonous, repetitive, boring. I'm sorry I wasted the money on this. The only good thing was the performance by Ms. Church.

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    Samantha 08-26-15
    Samantha 08-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "First time listener of this author."

    What an amazing book. It kept you in suspense because you would have never thought the person behind the chaos was who it was (Sorry, I don't want to say to much). Let me just say that the book was well written and as you listen you will become more and more drawn into the story.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 08-15-15
    6catz 08-15-15 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Excellent, smart mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    Very smartly written, and never gets silly so far as the plot goes. Just enough chance and chaos to make it believable. Expertly narrated. Almost read in a day, that riveting. More Ruth Ware, please.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-17-16
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Are half these reviewers crazy?"

    Those who compare this to "Gone Girl," or even Agatha Christie, must not have read either. What made Gone Girl great wasn't JUST the famous twist and the unreliable narrator. The story was interesting from the very beginning. "In a Dark, Dark Wood" is boring all the way through. The setting is boring (A glass house in the middle of the woods--how unoriginal!-- with a comment at the very beginning that "we are the actors and the woods are watching" which leads you to think that dark things are about in those woods...They aren't). The characters are boring (Some reviewers have said they are unlikeable, but it goes deeper than that. I have enjoyed many books with unlikeable characters. These characters are exasperating in their blandness and stupidity. As some have commented already, yes, Leonora is an IDIOT and, unfortunately, the book is told from her point of view. It is like being trapped inside the mind of a person with very low IQ and self-esteem for hours.). And the surprise ending some have mentioned was not remotely surprising. In fact, the "reveal" was so predictable (you saw it coming after less than an hour) that I kept expecting something radically different to happen (simply because of the reviews that praised the ending). It doesn't. The implausible explanation and conclusion are EXACTLY what you expected. I did finish the book, so it gets two stars (I usually reserve one-star ratings for those I can't finish), but it was a painful experience. Save your credit. Others have also praised the narrator. I found her just-OK (although she might be great if she had an actual story to work with). Her dramatic read makes some of the boring scenes and conversations even more absurd. And some of her male voices sound like cartoons.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bette 08-22-15
    Bette 08-22-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"

    I have rarely enjoyed listening to a book as much as listening to 'In a Dark, Dark Wood'. The story and structure are reminiscent of an Agatha Christie potboiler- there are a few too many hackneyed plot devices, slightly cliched characters and a banally Gothic setting- elements the ingenious Ms Ware weaves into an absolutely thrilling ride. Narrator Imogen Church gives a pitch perfect performance, making this listen an unforgettable experience.

    Here I will tick a few people off....forget 'Gone Girl'....do you remember when JK Rowling announced she was writing crime fiction under a pseudonym? I like the 'Galbraith' books, but THIS is the book I'd hoped for.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful

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