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Reclusive Mystery Author Marooned in Gloriously Gothic Setting. Yes!
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2017
Certainly a great debut novel. Once again, though, the protagonist is a hot mess, all but destroyed by a failed relationship with a man. To give Leonora Shaw credit, though, her life in London was going well until she agrees to attend a bachelorette style weekend in the gloomy English countryside, if by well you mean that she lives alone, has almost no social life and no interest in forming a romantic relationship with anyone. She's a successful, reclusive author of crime novels (Kind of like me, but I'm way older than she is and not nearly as successful). She doesn't even have a dog or a cat. The supporting cast of characters is fascinating and original, and I loved the Agatha Christie type limited list of suspects, and the way the story points the reader toward one and then another, not revealing the true culprit until the breakneck-paced, bitter end. The setting looms dark, large and menacing throughout (After all, the title is In a Dark, Dark Wood.). Tons of gothic foreshadowing, which I love. I'll definitely read Ruth Ware's newest book, The Lying Game. I'm officially a fan now.