This is the story of a weekend in the countryside that isn’t as it first appears. Leonora is surprised to be invited to Clare’s hen weekend as they haven’t been in touch for ten years. The weekend starts with pizza and cocktails and ends in murder.
I did enjoy it but felt there was just something missing. The description of the house was atmospheric, a large glass building in the middle of the woods set like a stage with an invisible audience. The characters were believable if a bit cliched, the neurotic best friend Flo, the gay work colleague, Tom as well as Nora, Mel and Nina. The first night in the house is somewhat tense and the second day even more so. The clues are set throughout the day for what is to come in the evening. Nora ends up in hospital and can’t remember much of what has happened. When she sees the police guard she’s not sure if she’s a victim or a suspect.
The scary parts of the book were more about the gaps in Nora’s memory and implied danger rather than the actual murder. I did enjoy it and certainly wanted to find out whodunnit but I’m not sure it would be a good choice for reading groups.
In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
9780099598244 Vintage pbk Dec 2015
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