This is the mystery your friends all need to read so that you can talk about it over a bottle of wine. It starts off with a huge bang and keeps going as you wonder just what in the world happened deep in the woods. Unlike other psychological mysteries, you will like the characters and honestly fear for their safety. This debut novel from a debut publisher will make you fall in love with both the author and everyone who made this book happen. Read it and give a copy to your friend. -Shane's August Staff Pick, 2015
Did you like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train? You'll like this better. Why? Take the twisty, turniness of those plots, then add an evocative setting that takes on a life of its own and distinctive characters you actually care about. As an additional bonus, you'll get at least a few genuine chills down your back. Just a warning: Don't start reading if you have anywhere to be. The primary side effect of In a Dark, Dark Wood is an inability to leave your seat until you know what happened. -Sarah's August Staff Pick, 2015
September 2015 Indie Next List
“This book has all the trappings of a good English mystery -- an approaching storm, an isolated house, mysterious footprints, and a group of relative strangers all locked in together. Ware's characters are playfully crafted, and just as you think they're becoming a cliche, they do something totally unexpected. In a Dark, Dark Wood is a titillating exploration of the classic tropes, layered with the complex style and hard edges found in the best modern thrillers. Highly recommended!”
— Kelsey Myers (E), Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
An "Entertainment Weekly "Summer Books Pick A "Buzzfeed" "31 Books to Get Excited About this Summer" Pick A "Publishers Weekly ""Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers" Pick A "BookReporter" Summer Reading Pick A "New York Post ""Best Novels to Read this Summer" Pick A "Shelf Awareness ""Book Expo America 2015 Buzz Book" Pick What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her "nest" of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ("Lee""?") to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not "what happened?" but "what have I done?," Nora ("Lee""?") tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora ("Lee""?") must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past. In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant "New York Times" bestseller "The Girl On the Train" and S. J. Watson's riveting national sensation "Before I Go To Sleep," this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page.