Adult Book Review

The Wednesday Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Book:

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Book Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Adult Mystery/ Thriller

Publishing Date: April 19th, 2016

Publisher:Gallery/Scout Press

Synopsis: 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.

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The Review:

I really wanted to love this one. I was promised terror and mystery, and what I got was mundane predictability. I was bored reading this. I almost DNF’d it after about one third of the book because nothing happened. The only thing that kept me reading was my stubbornness in not wanting to DNF a book so soon after coming out of a reading slump.

The story was really wordy. It felt like it was written by a new author who hadn’t quite figured out how to get her point across with fewer words. There was no element of surprise. The pacing dragged, and the plot was highly predictable. The title barely matched the story, and it was lacking any hint of horror whatsoever.

The plot itself was played out, and shallow. I pinned down the “murderer” from the beginning, and it was sad that the author relied on this type of killer rather than coming up with something more original, and less stereotypical. I was truly disappointed from the beginning, and I can’t even believe someone read this and thought it would make a decent movie.

The characters lacked any type of substance. They all felt a bit cliche. I never felt like I really got to know any of them beyond their superficial characteristics, and they never felt like they drove the story.

I hate being so negative on this one, because we all have our opinions, and because it seems like this is a debut novel (possibly?), but I honestly don’t see how anyone could consider this book to be creepy or a page turner. I was really led on by the title, description, and reviews, and severely let down by the story.

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