In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – A Spoiler-Free Audiobook Review

I’m in a mood for some great psychological thrillers right now and there are some pretty good ones on the market right now.

I received the The Woman in Cabin 10 in a Book of the Month Club subscription box a couple months ago and that immediately turned me onto Ruth Ware. Gone Girl is easily one of the most surprisingly great books that I’ve read in a long time so I’m looking for more great thrillers along those lines.

Now, I’m not sure what it is but I love listening to thrillers while driving to and from work. I just really like listening to them so much more than I do other genres… not sure why.


“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.” – Goodreads



Ok, let me just say the voice actor Imogen Church is amazing. Her voice is so soothing and everything that I could want from a British voice actor. I loved that I could tell the difference between the characters with just very subtle vocal changes.

There’s a lot that I really liked about this book! The characters were fantastic from the main character Nora to Clare and Flo, I truly enjoyed all of them! Ware made me feel so many different emotions towards these people and I’m not complaining. Seeing everything only through Nora’s point of view really enhanced the suspicion side of the book, I could feel all the emotions that ran rampant through her throughout the story. There was a lot of blame-game style thoughts at the end and I couldn’t deny any of Nora’s reasoning behind her thought processes.

I loved the setting of this story as well, it’s set in modern England and the house that the hen do is at is fantastic indeed. I honestly don’t think there was anything that I even strongly disliked about this book… I immediately got the creeps about a basically all glass house. The house that they were in just really added another layer of creepy mood to the story (I mean, that’s what a good setting is supposed to do, right?) I loved from the very beginning the conversation about it feeling like they were actors on stage for the woods outside.

Once we got down into the grit of the book I did feel like the book drug a little too slow for my taste, but I think the story makes up for it. After the “event” (spoiler-free, see?) Nora tries to recollect her memories and it feels pretty natural and not rushed. I think Ware could have easily rushed through this part of the book to get it over with and I’m so glad that she didn’t. I’m all for learning little pieces of information a little bit at a time.

I think Ware did such a great job with this book and I’m so excited to pick up some of her other stories! Keep an eye out for a review of The Woman in Cabin 10 shortly!

4.5/5 stars!

Have you read any psychological thrillers recently that you think I might like? let me know in the comments!


9 thoughts on “In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – A Spoiler-Free Audiobook Review

  1. Great review! I’m always on the hunt for good audiobooks but tend to stick to autobiographical memoirs (mostly comediennes) with an occasional Neil Gaiman in the mix. I have been hearing that psychological Thrillers make for good audiobooks & have been looking for some recs so this is greatly appreciated. I’m also interested in Woman In Cabin 10 & reading it before Reese Witherspoon’s movie adaptation of it is released 😃💕


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