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Summary

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered. 

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn't seen Clare for 10 years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. 

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? 

And in the dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong. 

And in the dark, dark room....

Some things can’t stay secret forever.

©2015 Ruth Ware (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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had me glued from page 1

What did you like most about In a Dark, Dark Wood?

it was never boring. this book just got on with the story from start to finish and had me gripped the entire way.

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

her voices were brilliant. she could do different accents and bring soul to the characters in a way that you may not get when just reading. they became more believable

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really enjoyed listening to this book which i think had a lot to do with how it was narrated. i think some bits were a little predicatble but it didn't really matter as you still didn't know how it was all going to end. would recommend it for sure

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Fantastic

One of the best audio books I've heard! I was hooked, listening at every spare moment.
Brilliant story line and great narration

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Excellent

For once- a narrator who can do accents and make it an enjoyable listening experience. Good plot, well structured . Really enjoyed

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Couldn't stop reading

Such a great book, brilliant story line, full of plot twists. Would defiantly recommend to anyone wanted a good read

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Unputdownable! I loved this!

Brilliant. V enjoyable story, great atmospheric writing and exceptionally skilful and compelling narration. The pace was about right and lots of details in the plot to consider. I guessed the conclusion about three quarters of the way through but that didn't spoil my enjoyment at all. Imogen Church is such a fab narrator. I always love listening to her. Her ability to convey atmosphere is good and her mastery of different voices and accents is legendary. I would definitely read things from this author - and listen to this narrator - again.

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Gripping story, superbly read

One of the best audiobook readers I've heard! And the story gripped me all the way through.

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Very good!

Slowish start but an excellent listen. Couldn't put it down. Not read any of Ruth Ware's books before but I will in the future.

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Enough twist & turns to keep me listening

The narrator was perfect for this book, threw a few accents in when appropriate but not annoying.

It's was an easy listen, Some reviews said it was abit predictable but I didn't think so, there was enough twists to keep me guessing and I changed my mind a few times.



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KEPT ME LISTENING, I REALLY ENJOYED IT.

Firstly I must say the reader was excellent. She had me smiling often when she was Flo. She portrayed the individuals in my opinion excellently.
It did keep me guessing along the way but some parts were so obvious because of this I have marked a 4.

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A hen party from Hell

What could Ruth Ware have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Been less overly dramatic with her reading of the story

Would you listen to another book narrated by Imogen Church?

Doubtful

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. I struggled to finish it

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A group of not particularly likeable people get together, against the better judgement of several of them, to celebrate the hen night of one member. The main character hasn't actually seen her for years and there is obviously a lot of history in their past. Tragedy occurs but the villain of the piece is pretty predictable.

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  • 11-01-17

Could not stop listening

Great story, great narration and a good plot. Hard to stop listening to this one.

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  • 02-03-17

Excellent performance.

Very engaging. Imogen Church did a wonderful job reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a who-done-it with an unreliable narrator.

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  • E. Gal
  • 12-04-16

Good narration, lame story

If she would have settled the story after the characters university, lets say this happened 5,6 years after that, it would totally made sense, but a girl hung up on a relationship of her teens that ended more than 10 years ago its basically lame and then the rest of the story made no sense at all. I finished bc I was waiting for it to get good. Darn waste of time. The narration was good though.

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  • Jennifer
  • 24-01-16

A few thrilling moments, strains belief

I finished this, and enjoyed it while listening, but I felt that it was overall very disappointing. The climax is just silly, some of the characters are quite annoying. And their motivations are not believable. The performance is good, but otherwise, do not recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-21

Starts weak but gets better

Narrator is very good and easy to listen to.
Story is a classic whodunit. Number of people involved is very limited, but despite all the comments about how it is obvious who is the murderer, I couldn't decide between three suspects until the very end. Therefore, I must say that the story is ok too. Just do not expect any real depth there, it is not that kind of book.
I've seen comments that it is really unbeliveable that a person would attend a hen party of a friend that she hasn't seen for 10 years or so. Guess that is true, but then, to be honest, Nora is kind of weird. I admit I did not care much about the story in the beginning, it seemed to me that the author doesn't really know where she wants to go with the plot. But it gets better after a while, so do not necessarily give up if you do not like first chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-21

Very disappointing book with good narrator

The book starts in a promising way. The narrator has a soothing voice without loosing necessary tension, but as the story advances it becomes predictable making the "reveal" at the end not very surprising. The writing seems to be unprorpously repetitive, giving a monotonous tone through out. When the climax arrived, i was left hoping that the "reveal" had more meaning, more depth. The motives of the characters were unbelievable and frankly stupid, and they were all very one dimensional.

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  • Lural92
  • 28-01-20

Amazing Narration !

This book is okay. The story is perfectly decent and has good moments of ‘mystery’. At some point I understand what the narrator went through and how hard it can be to let go of someone we loved. HOWEVER the real reason I would recommend this book is for the amazing narration work by Imogen Church. She made this book a thousand times better and much more interesting than what I’m sure it actually is. So 5 stars to her !

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  • barbara
  • 03-02-19

In a Dark Dark Wood

Really enjoyed this book, love the way the story unfolded and never guessed whudunit. Didn't want to put it down, listened till 2am this morning. The narration was excellent. If you enjoy a good psychological story, I recommend this book.

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  • DIanne
  • 22-07-18

Couldn’t stop listening

This is not the sort of book I would normally listen to or read - it was recommended by a friend
But I’m glad I did
A murder mystery story with plenty of twists and turns that keeps you guessing almost to the end
A story of vengeance and secrets and plotting
I highly recommend it

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  • Pascaline Stevens
  • 19-01-18

Chilling

Loved the book. I couldn’t stop listening. Very real and authentic. The author doesn’t disappoint.