About The Author. Ruth Ware. About The Reader. Imogen Church. Product Details. Related Articles. Awards and Honors. Resources and Downloads. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! None of the characters were likeable to me. Several of them were frustratingly self-absorbed and rather annoying. The inner turmoil that Nora feels is extremely repetitive - reference to her secret was overkill to me - her inner dialogue and thoughts about it grew to become irritating.
There were also several situations that seemed far-fetched. I liked that each chapter left a small cliff hanger that kept me hungry for what would happen next. Though the story was somewhat predictable, it still kept stringing me along making me think perhaps I was wrong in my assumptions.
Unfortunately I was not. If you haven't read this author before, I strongly suggest trying out her second novel "The Woman in Cabin 10" as I found that to be a much more thrilling and enjoyable read. View all 43 comments. I have had the actual book for awhile now and for some reason, every time I picked it up I just could not stay with it due to my unfortunate yet seasonably short attention span.
As happens so many times, a beautifully made audio version of the same book will quickly suck me in, even if I just read the same words myself and they seemed so uninteresting in my own head. The fabulous Imogen Church is the narrator, she is wonderful and a one-woman show, acting out all the voices with authentically nuanced personality traits. Church is also reading Ruth Ware's next two books and I will definitely be listening. I really liked this book.
For me, the audio version is much more entertaining and suspenseful than reading it with my own eyeballs. So, maybe, Reese Witherspoon will take it up the next step and the movie version will be even better!!?
The story revolves between six frenemies tucked away for a "hen party" in a cottage in a dark wood far away from civilization. I guarantee that you have never been to a bachelorette party like this. The creepy location, the sarcastic barbs the "friends" hurl on each other, the drug use, the Ouji board playing, and last, but not least, clay pigeon shooting as the main activity, all work together to create plenty of foreshadowing of the murder we know is going to happen.
But, which of the friends is the killer? And who gets killed? The book is written in a first person POV by Nora who has unfortunately suffered a terrible head trauma and is, therefore, a most unreliable narrator yippeeeee, I love unreliable narrators! The story pays homage to the Agatha Christie "locked room" murder motif, one of many a mystery lover's favorite plot devices. You will figure out the ending way before the main character does sadly, no plot twist , it is an excellently written psychological mystery and a tremendous debut for Ruth Ware.
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Come to my blog for a review of the new Playster app touting itself to be bigger and better than Audible! View all 16 comments. After a bachelorette Hen party, Lenora wakes up in a hospital bed badly bruised and confused with a bandaged head and memory loss; and when she overhears a devastating police conversation outside her door, she begins to piece together the nightmare of a weekend that brought her there. Based After a bachelorette Hen party, Lenora wakes up in a hospital bed badly bruised and confused with a bandaged head and memory loss; and when she overhears a devastating police conversation outside her door, she begins to piece together the nightmare of a weekend that brought her there.
Review may contain spoilers! Damnnnnnnnnn WTF did i just read! This book is a crime novel: an absorbing, genious thriller in which, halfway through, a big twist upends everything. Spoiler alert: I plan to discuss that twist below. From all fucking 7 billion human on this planet you chose him!
View all 29 comments. Apr 11, Theresa rated it liked it. This is a tough one.
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I had 2 main problems. The first being, the writing. I will say I did enjoy the plot, even though the pay-off was mediocre at best.
This is the story of a hen night bachelorette party for us Americans in the English countryside gone awry. The beginning was fast-paced and sucked me in, but halfway through, the plot started to cave in on This is a tough one. The beginning was fast-paced and sucked me in, but halfway through, the plot started to cave in on its self. I feel like Ruth Ware's writing was uneven and frustrating to get through. There's a lot of rehashing. Too much verifying scenes that took place in the previous chapters.
Leonora is what you call an unreliable narrator. I found Leonora to be one-dimensional and a bit boring. Leonora also lacked self-awareness. She was completely oblivious to everything around her. I found her annoying and not the sharpest tool in the shed. I knew the so-called "twist" less than pages in. I kept hoping for a "gotcha" moment towards the end but it never happened. This book didn't scare me in the slightest. It was just a modest and overrated psychological thriller.
I did enjoy the supporting characters like the sarcastic and quick-witted, Nina, and the emotionally unhinged, Flo. These 2 ladies had the best dialogue.
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Like watching paint dry. I've heard Reese Witherspoon's production company is turning this novel into a major motion picture. I actually think this novel could work as a feature film because the plot is entertaining in chick-flick kind of way. Ruth Ware is not a bad writer, she's just not as polished and refined yet, this is her debut novel so I'll cut her some slack. It's a mixed bag for me. View all 8 comments. In a Dark, Dark Wood What originally lured me to this novel was the synopsis: "what should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn" , good enough.
Sounded like a nice to way to immerse myself in some fluffy, brain-candy kind of story. Unfortunately my enthusiasm was short-lived. Perhaps I am on the wrong demographic for this novel, but I found this book tedious, repetitive and frankly not very original. The writing was subpar bordering on m In a Dark, Dark Wood What originally lured me to this novel was the synopsis: "what should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn" , good enough.
The writing was subpar bordering on mediocre, and the plot farfetched and predictable. Setting a hen party on a remote cottage in the woods known as the "Glass House" was I guess, supposed to serve as the perfect metaphor representing life as a stage where we are the actors on a play or something. Instead it comes across as a force device that never delivered any particular memorable, insightful or inspiring moment.
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And really how many times do we need to hear that the protagonist is tired or cold or needs to remember what happened!!?? These characters are not only dislikable, they are immature and obnoxious. I usually don't mind unpalatable characters but as the reader, I need to CARE what's going to happen to them or at least there needs to be a solid story behind them.
Sadly that was not the case here. A thriller that wasn't that thrilling.