In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller based around a girl named Leonora Shaw. Leonora, Nora (Lee also), is a Crime writer who lives in London. She gets invited to her old high school friend’s Hen, which is apparently like a bachelorette party. She has not talked to Clare in ten years and cannot fathom why Clare would invite her the Hen but not to the wedding. Her and her other high school friend, Nina, agree to go together. The book starts off with Nora being woken up in the hospital. She has a head injury, everything hurts. She’s asking herself what she has done. She doesn’t remember how she got to the hospital and why. The rest of the book goes between her remembering the moments before the got hurt and her being in the hospital, wondering what exactly happened. And you, as the reader will be wondering (for a while) ‘who the hell is James?’.
As far as psychological thrillers go, this one wasn’t as shocking as Girl on the Train. I was not blindsided by the truth, but I still had questions and doubts until the end about who was the bad person. I found this book easy to read and easy to get sucked into. I didn’t want to put it down. I had to know how it ended. So, I’d definitely call it a success.
It’s hard to review psychological thrillers without giving anything away, but I will say, if you like the genre, you’ll like this book.