4.4 stars out of 5.0
Second novel I have read by Ruth Ware; in fact, the second in a row. Just finished The Woman in Cabin 10.
Ruth Ware has got the psychological thriller down perfectly. In a Dark, Dark Wood was suspenseful, smart, exciting, addictive. Her characters are just so good. And deep too, even though the book (to me) seemed too short. I would have liked even more background on all the characters.
Nora is brought in to a situation that she could have no idea of the consequences. A hen party (a UK term, I'm assuming, for bachelorette party) that will be the end of her and/or her friends and/or enemies (unknown though at this time). The writing was so well crafted that I had a list of like 6 people that MAY be a killer. That may be an instigator, I just wasn't sure. I love that she makes you think it could be literally anyone in her cast of characters! The novel was exciting until the end. The writing was sophisticated yet every-day. If that makes no sense, read the book. Ware's characters are educated - and I love that - because they must have intelligent thoughts and vocabularies.
Those at the party included an unlikely bunch: Flo - ditzy and possibly psychopathic; Nora's ex-bestfriend for years, Clare, who is beautiful and [almost] perfect; Melanie, a new mom; Nina, who I would probably love the most in real life, a doctor and a smartass; and Tom, the gay friend. And they all worked so well together. Fantastic writing.
Please, if you like this genre and have not yet read Ruth Ware, do it. I will say that The Woman in Cabin 10 was to me a better thriller. Not by much, both good, but it's like Ware perfected something in her story-telling.
My Goodreads review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1763327614