In A Dark Dark Wood
Random House UK, Vintage Publishing
Someone’s getting married. Someone’s getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten 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 for ever.
A brooding and atmospheric read – Ms Ware certainly knows how to set a scene and places her characters in situations that scream – “Don’t go there, turn around, and go home, listen to you intuition…” Bleak isolated locations, a house that is cold, sterile and seems to be waiting… then it starts snowing, the phone line is dead…the guests seem just that little bit weird and very quirky…. Would I stay there – no way! Would I go for a run in an isolated forest in near dark conditions when it is freezing outside? No.
This is the stuff that is made from your worst nightmares. Clever, atmospheric, a great introspective about relationships and the nature of the evil. This is manipulation pared to the bone, exposed at a cellular level.
This is a great debut novel – a writer to keep a look out for.