In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
(Vintage, 2015, 352 pages)
This is the debut novel by Ruth Ware and in my opinion you can tell it’s a first. It started pretty strong but then the story had major problems, mostly because the whole second half of the book is anticlimactic. The main character Nora was not very clever or appealing so it was hard to stay interested in her attempts to figure out what happened. I wouldn’t recommend it but they are making it into a movie and it might work there.
“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. 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.” –Amazon.com