In The Spotlight: Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Hello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. Psychological thrillers come in a variety of different forms, with different sorts of characters. And it’s interesting to see how various authors add suspense to this sort of novel. Let’s take a look at one today and turn the spotlight on Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood.

The main action in the story begins when novelist Leonora ‘Nora’ Shaw gets an email from a woman named Florence ‘Flo’ Clay. It seems that Flo is planning a hen do for her best friend Clare Cavendish, who’s getting married soon, and Nora is on the invite list. Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years, and isn’t sure why she would have been invited, but Flo insists. So, Nora makes a pact with her friend, Nina da Souza, who’s also been invited. Neither wants to go, but each agrees to go…

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