IN A DARK DARK WOOD

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB CHOICE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS’ BOOK OF THE YEAR

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back.

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

“Prepare to be scared… really scared!”

REESE WITHERSPOON

“A tense terrifying novel”

CLARE MACKINTOSH author of I Let you Go

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‘GENUINELY CHILLING &
TOTALLY COMPULSIVE’

SUNDAY MIRROR

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB CHOICE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS’ BOOK OF THE YEAR

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back.

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

‘a tense terrifying novel’

CLAIRe mackintosh,
author of I Let You Go

Inspired by Christie…

Inspired by Christie…

I can’t remember when I read my first Agatha Christie but I was not much older than twelve or thirteen, maybe even younger. I was immediately hooked…

Hen Nights

Hen Nights

In a world where romance is always put above platonic love, a hen night is actually a lovely celebration to have…

REVIEWS

“Genuinely chilling and totally compulsive”

SUNDAY MIRROR

“I raced through this, totally unable to put it down…Dark, smart and compulsive”

NICCI CLOKE, author of LAY ME DOWN

“You won’t be able to put down this creepy page-turner”

CLOSER

“I started In a Dark, Dark Wood on an airplane, kept dipping into it whenever I was left alone, devoured another big chunk on the flight home, and after that surrendered myself to it until the last revelation had bloomed, the final surprise had exploded, and the bittersweet conclusive turn had folded the final page. Ruth Ware has written an exciting, and in fact amazing book that never stops circling around behind the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes”

PETER STRAUB, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

“So gripping. So glad my hen days are behind me. It’s going to be huge.”

TAMAR COHEN, author of DYING FOR CHRISTMAS and THE BROKEN

“Mesmerising.”

GUARDIAN

“Likely to be the next “Gone Girl.”

ELIZABETH WILLSE

“If the premise might be the sort that Agatha Christie would have toyed with had she been a 21st-century graduate, Ware’s analysis of the power-games some women revel in – and the toxicity in the undertow of some female friendships – is more reminiscent of Sophie Hannah, Christobel Kent, or even Gillian Flynn and Harriet Lane.”

INDEPENDENT

REVIEWS

“You won’t be able to put down this creepy page-turner”

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“I raced through this, totally unable to put it down…Dark, smart and compulsive”

NICCI CLOKE, author of LAY ME DOWN

“Genuinely chilling and totally compulsive”

SUNDAY MIRROR

“I started In a Dark, Dark Wood on an airplane, kept dipping into it whenever I was left alone, devoured another big chunk on the flight home, and after that surrendered myself to it until the last revelation had bloomed, the final surprise had exploded, and the bittersweet conclusive turn had folded the final page. Ruth Ware has written an exciting, and in fact amazing book that never stops circling around behind the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes”

PETER STRAUB, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

“Mesmerising.”

GUARDIAN

“If the premise might be the sort that Agatha Christie would have toyed with had she been a 21st-century graduate, Ware’s analysis of the power-games some women revel in – and the toxicity in the undertow of some female friendships – is more reminiscent of Sophie Hannah, Christobel Kent, or even Gillian Flynn and Harriet Lane.”

INDEPENDENT

“Likely to be the next “Gone Girl.”

ELIZABETH WILLSE

“So gripping. So glad my hen days are behind me. It’s going to be huge.”

TAMAR COHEN, author of DYING FOR CHRISTMAS and THE BROKEN

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