In A Dark, Dark Wood [Book Review]

November 15, 2015

Hi everyone!

I’m really excited because this post marks my first book review on Beets Me! I absolutely love reading, and books is one of those subjects I could talk about for hours (along with food and Pure Barre). Hopefully sharing my current reads will stir up some conversation between those who have read the book, and provide inspiration to those who haven’t. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

PS – I promise to never post any spoilers 🙂

in a dark, dark wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

First off – I’m a sucker for this cover art.

I stumbled across this book on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram. For those of you are always looking for book inspiration, I highly suggest following her! She is constantly posting pictures of her current reads, or pictures of books she is developing into movies. I’ve found 3 books this way, and none of which have steered me wrong.

I love suspenseful/mysterious/creepy books, so when I saw the title “In a Dark, Dark Wood,” I was automatically intrigued.


I immediately headed to Amazon, read the description, and was sold.


The story takes place in modern day England, and is about a weekend “hen party” gone awry. A “hen party” is the British version of a bachelorette party, which in and of itself had me hooked. You don’t typically associate a bachelorette party with creepy mystery.

The main character and narrator of the book is Nora, an introverted 26-year-old writer who lives in London. One day she receives an email inviting her to attend the hen party in the woods for her old best friend Clare, whom she hasn’t seen or spoke to in years. Nora is confused and hesitant at first, but is reluctantly persuaded to attend by another old friend who was invited, Nina.

Nora and Nina head up to the party together, not fully knowing what to expect. They arrive to a large home made almost entirely of glass windows – giving it an austere, out-of-place presence so deep in the woods.

One of the overarching themes of this book is acting and drama, and its referenced throughout the novel. Upon arrival, Nora claims she feels like they are being watched from the outside, like actors on the stage.

The odd assortment of characters at the hen party add to the tension of the plot. The group includes the quiet and introverted Nora, the witty and un-tactful Nina, the worried mother Melanie, the hunky gay theatre friend Tom, the deranged and obsessive best friend Flo, and the bride-to-be, Clare.

Clare is an actress, and has a seemingly perfect life – beautiful, a successful career, and now, a soon-to-be husband.

Secrets and lies from the past unfold, resulting in an unexpected death in which Nora can’t remember the details of.


Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was gripping, unique, and kept you on your toes. I love it when there are secrets, twists, and turns in books that you are not expecting. This was sufficiently creepy, with just the right amount of drama to keep you drawn in. I literally had to pull myself away from the book at night because I wanted to keep reading.

If you’re unsure about the level of creepiness, I rank this less on the disturbing side (think, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn) and more on the thriller/suspenseful side (think, Girl on the Train or Luckiest Girl Alive). There were definitely times where I was a little creeped going to bed at night, but never enough to keep me awake or cause nightmares, which is the perfect level of creepiness in my book!

Overall, if you’re looking for a nail-biting page-turner that will give you a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies, this is a great one for you!

My new current read:

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling! Stay tuned… 🙂

What are you reading right now?

Do you like creepy books?

XO, Bailee

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1 Comment

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood November 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Congrats on your first book review! Love it! Sounds like the perfect level of creepiness for me….and, I also love the cover!

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