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Publisher's Summary

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room.... Some things can’t stay secret forever.

©2015 Ruth Ware (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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Could not stop listening

Great story, great narration and a good plot. Hard to stop listening to this one.

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Excellent performance.

Very engaging. Imogen Church did a wonderful job reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a who-done-it with an unreliable narrator.

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  • DIanne
  • Mead, Australia
  • 07-22-18

Couldn’t stop listening

This is not the sort of book I would normally listen to or read - it was recommended by a friend
But I’m glad I did
A murder mystery story with plenty of twists and turns that keeps you guessing almost to the end
A story of vengeance and secrets and plotting
I highly recommend it

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Chilling

Loved the book. I couldn’t stop listening. Very real and authentic. The author doesn’t disappoint.

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Ok

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Hmmm. I started reading this book from my local library...usually I start a book in hard copy then start audible version when I get the story going and sort of know what's going on...so it was time well managed. This isn't my favorite genre; I didn't find myself 'dying' to read it. I was actually disappointed at the end. I thought, this is what I waited for!?! Same thing happened in her next book, the women in cabin 10-great for the first half then just took forever to end.

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Well done- I am now a Ruth Ware fan!!

"Why am I here?"- a question so many of us ask ourselves in uncomfortable social situations. This gripping story includes a great deal of introspection, and although the cast seems rather young, overall, I still found it an exciting and was not able to stop listening until the very end. I sense a movie in the making!

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Kept me guessing right up to the end!

Wow. Just wow. I had an inkling about the ending, but when the other shoe dropped...wow. I literally had to stop the audio just so I could walk around and comment like the good little peanut gallery I am.

The characters are well-fleshed out, which definitely added to the richness of this novel.

We are definitely going to have an interesting discussion about this at Book Club!

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Good narration, lame story

If she would have settled the story after the characters university, lets say this happened 5,6 years after that, it would totally made sense, but a girl hung up on a relationship of her teens that ended more than 10 years ago its basically lame and then the rest of the story made no sense at all. I finished bc I was waiting for it to get good. Darn waste of time. The narration was good though.

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  • Jennifer
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-24-16

A few thrilling moments, strains belief

I finished this, and enjoyed it while listening, but I felt that it was overall very disappointing. The climax is just silly, some of the characters are quite annoying. And their motivations are not believable. The performance is good, but otherwise, do not recommend.

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  • KomKem
  • 11-10-15

Couldn't stop reading

Such a great book, brilliant story line, full of plot twists. Would defiantly recommend to anyone wanted a good read

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  • annab
  • 05-18-16

had me glued from page 1

What did you like most about In a Dark, Dark Wood?

it was never boring. this book just got on with the story from start to finish and had me gripped the entire way.

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

her voices were brilliant. she could do different accents and bring soul to the characters in a way that you may not get when just reading. they became more believable

Any additional comments?

really enjoyed listening to this book which i think had a lot to do with how it was narrated. i think some bits were a little predicatble but it didn't really matter as you still didn't know how it was all going to end. would recommend it for sure

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  • kim
  • 06-12-16

Fantastic

One of the best audio books I've heard! I was hooked, listening at every spare moment.
Brilliant story line and great narration

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • ophelia
  • 08-03-15

Excellent

For once- a narrator who can do accents and make it an enjoyable listening experience. Good plot, well structured . Really enjoyed

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • BookHopper
  • 05-19-16

Gripping story, superbly read

One of the best audiobook readers I've heard! And the story gripped me all the way through.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Mazalicious
  • 11-04-15

Unputdownable! I loved this!

Brilliant. V enjoyable story, great atmospheric writing and exceptionally skilful and compelling narration. The pace was about right and lots of details in the plot to consider. I guessed the conclusion about three quarters of the way through but that didn't spoil my enjoyment at all. Imogen Church is such a fab narrator. I always love listening to her. Her ability to convey atmosphere is good and her mastery of different voices and accents is legendary. I would definitely read things from this author - and listen to this narrator - again.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 08-24-15

A hen party from Hell

What could Ruth Ware have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Been less overly dramatic with her reading of the story

Would you listen to another book narrated by Imogen Church?

Doubtful

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. I struggled to finish it

Any additional comments?

A group of not particularly likeable people get together, against the better judgement of several of them, to celebrate the hen night of one member. The main character hasn't actually seen her for years and there is obviously a lot of history in their past. Tragedy occurs but the villain of the piece is pretty predictable.

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  • Gillian
  • 08-06-15

Very good!

Slowish start but an excellent listen. Couldn't put it down. Not read any of Ruth Ware's books before but I will in the future.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss hearts
  • 05-19-16

Enough twist & turns to keep me listening

The narrator was perfect for this book, threw a few accents in when appropriate but not annoying.

It's was an easy listen, Some reviews said it was abit predictable but I didn't think so, there was enough twists to keep me guessing and I changed my mind a few times.



10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • MRS
  • 11-18-15

KEPT ME LISTENING, I REALLY ENJOYED IT.

Firstly I must say the reader was excellent. She had me smiling often when she was Flo. She portrayed the individuals in my opinion excellently.
It did keep me guessing along the way but some parts were so obvious because of this I have marked a 4.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

Easy listening

Narrator did an excellent job, usually struggle with accents in audio books, but Imogen was great. Storyline was great and moved fast

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  • Jo howard
  • 07-24-18

Another great read

A great story about friends, betrayal & jealousy. Not overly exciting or difficult to figure out but enjoyable nonetheless

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-18

Good story but predictable twists

Enjoyed this story, it’s well told and the narrator is great. Devoured it over two days. Only problem for me was that every single twist and turn was predictable. It won’t leave you guessing whodunnit, how and why... but it’s an entertaining ride.