Book: In a Dark, Dark Wood
Author: Ruth Ware
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 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.-Goodreads
Review: I had high hopes for this book. Nora is a 26-year old writer who hasn't spoken to her childhood best friend, Clare, since they were 16. Nor has she spoken to her teenage boyfriend James. When she receives an invitation to Clare's hen (bachelorette) weekend, she decides to go. Told in alternating timelines, we follow Nora at the hen and Nora after the hen in the hospital, where someone has been killed and she has short-term memory loss.
This book certainly had me turning the pages. However, I just could not get over the fact that Nora, a 26-year old woman, is still mourning her teenage relationship with James (of course Clare is now engaged to...James). Nora acknowledges that it's ridiculous that she can't get over James but I could not stop rolling my eyes at her (side note: teenage friendships and relationships breaking up and people not getting over them well into their 20s..this seems to be a theme in books recently). Even more ridiculous than Nora, was the killer (who was easy to spot a mile away) whose motivations were also rooted in teenage angst.
I think this could have been a good book if the events in the past happened in college-that would have make this more believable.
Overall, not my favorite book but I didn't hate it. I've heard great things about 'The Woman in Cabin 10' and plan to read it.