My Friday Post: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Book Beginnings Button

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

This week I’m featuring In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, one of the books I mentioned in Top Ten Books On My Fall 2018 TBR.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

About the Book

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. 

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. 

But something goes wrong. 

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

This was Ruth Ware’s debut thriller. But, I’m not sure I want to read this book as I wasn’t impressed by the only other book by her that I’ve read, The Woman in Cabin 10.

It begins:

I am running.

I am running through moonlit woods, with branches tearing at my clothes and my feet catching in the snow-bowed bracken.


Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 56:

At last I could see the road, a pale grey snake in the deepening shadows. As I broke out from he woods I heard the soft hoot of an owl, and I obeyed Flo’s instructions, turning right along the tarmac. I hadn’t been running for long when I heard the sound of a car behind me and stopped, pressing myself up against the verge.


What about you? Does it tempt you or would you stop reading? If you have read it what did you think?

20 thoughts on “My Friday Post: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

  1. I agree with you, I would probably not want to read this, after the quotes you have mentioned. Something is missing in the writing.


  2. I hope you’ll like this one, Margaret. In my opinion, Ware did a fine job of creating a creepy and suspenseful environment. And the interactions among the characters are well-done, too, I think. I’ll be very interested in what you think.


  3. I liked this one very much. It’s probably my favorite of her book except perhaps for the newest one with all it’s Gothic elements. Might not be for you and I do remember that you didn’t like the Cabin 10 book. I thought it was quite interesting though with that glass house element – you’re on display at night and feel hemmed in by the trees during the daytime.


    1. Roberta, I’ve borrowed this from the library because I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. At the moment I’m undecided – but leaning towards reading it …


  4. It does sound tempting to me – but not enough to add it to my wishlist. It seems I’ve read so many like it that I’m getting burned out on psychological thrillers. This week I am spotlighting Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes – a medieval mystery from my review stack. Happy reading!


Comments are closed.