November 30, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Goodreads Monday- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Welcome to this week's Goodreads Monday! Get ready to be scared.... Really Scared... - Reese Witherspoon. So often, when I'm at the bookstore, I'm the one giving advice. This week's Goodreads Monday is inspired by the readers who helped ME!

I promised to behave this week and I am- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

As Everyone knows, this summer I became a huge fan of Ruth Ware (and happily expanded into the mystery, thriller genre in general) when I read Ruth Ware’s latest book Turn of the Key in five hours flat (review is hyperlinked). I knew I want  to read more by Ruth Ware, but I didn’t know where to start.

Usually, I am the one giving all the advice at work, but this is a good chance to turn the tables.

As I talked to long-time Ruth Ware readers and new Ruth Ware readers (like myself), I noticed one commonality. Veterans recommended In a Dark, Dark Wood. Those that had just read Ruth Ware’s latest book Turn of the Key, and didn’t know where to go next? Either friends or research had all directed them to, where? In a Dark, Dark Wood.

Ok Fine. I’m sure being apart of Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club doesn’t hurt. But still. It is a starting point. I needed more and In a Dark, Dark Wood was the undeniable, common denominator among the thriller, suspense genre.

That was the next book readers chose or recommended I choose. And so, this week, my Goodread’s Monday is Ruth Ware’s In a Dark Dark Wood.

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware


Publisher: Gallery Scout Press

Release Date:  April 2016

Genre:  Adult Fiction, Thriller, Mystery


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 for ever

et the world ablaze. 

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