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  • Published: 15 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099598244
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

In a Dark, Dark Wood

The next big thing in crime fiction - does what for friendships what Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train did for marriages



'This year's hottest crime novel'

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.

'Genuinely chilling and totally compulsive'
Sunday Mirror
'You won't be able to put down this creepy page-turner'
'A tense, terrifying novel'
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
Now available for pre-order: Ruth Ware’s brand new psychological thriller, The Death of Mrs Westaway. Coming June 2018.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099598244
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game were smash hits, and she has appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. The film rights to all three books have been optioned and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.

Visit www.ruthware.com to find out more.

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Praise for In a Dark, Dark Wood

“A slickly plotted, whip smart thriller - genuinely chilling and totally compulsive”

Sunday Mirror, Book of the Week

“[A] chilling psychological thriller...a tense, claustrophobic marriage of secrets, tequila shots and shotguns”

Sunday Express

“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”

Patricia Nicol, Independent

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


“Thrilling, gripping & well-written”

Metro, Book of the Week

“Toxic friendships, an isolated house, a dark snowy wood... Everyone's worst nightmare, and the perfect ingredients for this tense, terrifying novel”

Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

“This is one of the hottest crime debuts around, one that does for friendship what Gone Girl did for marriage”


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

Tamar Cohen, author of Dying for Christmas and The Broken

“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, NYT bestselling author of Ghost Story and A Dark Matter

“I raced through this, totally unable to put it down. It’s gripping from start to finish: slick plotting, sharp twists and a pitch-perfect understanding of the many unique ways in which female friends hurt one another. Dark, smart and compulsive”

Nicci Cloke, author of Lay Me Down

“In a Dark, Dark Wood is going to be, without any doubt, this year’s hottest crime novel. I challenge anyone not to finish this book on toxic female friendships in one sitting”

Neel Mukherjee, Independent

“A beautifully written psychological thriller that’s going to be huge”

Mark Edwards

“Going to be THE summer read”

Eva Dolan

“Thrilling, gripping and well-written”

Paul Connolly, 4 stars, Metro

“Tense and packed with suspense, it tears along like a runaway train”

Woman and Home

“[a] stunning first novel (catch it before the inevitable film)… I stayed up for too late reading this and it was very bad for my blood pressure”


“dark and twisted tale”

Manchester Evening News

“A thrilling ride and Ware keeps us guessing right up until the final pages”

Press Assosiation

“Excellent characterisation give the ending a mesmerising, slow-motion car crash appeal”

Laura Wilson, Guardian

“the novel is a thrilling ride and Ware keeps us guessing right up until the final pages”

Heather Doughty, Eastern Daily Press

“Gripping and gruesome”


“The hen night from hell ends in catastrophe. Creepy, compelling and clever.”

Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express

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