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In a Dark, Dark Wood

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ruth Ware

Narrated By: Imogen Church

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 2015

Duration: 9 hours 42 minutes


What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her "nest" of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not "what happened?" but "what have I done?", Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson's riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page.


  • Mary F

    This is the first book I have read by Ruth Ware. It was terrific and I look forward to reading her other books.

  • Cari J

    Wow. That was quite intense. The book itself is well-written, but the narrator brings it to life. I would love to meet this Nora and get a coffee. She seems so down to earth and guarded and vulnerable just like I can be.

  • Peter T

    Ruth Ware somehow digs deep into the female psyche creating charcters that are multi dimentional in a setting where everyone is suspect. Narrator Church is the Mel Blank of audiobooks giving each character their own distinct voice and accent giving the read the appearance of a multi-reader cast. Can’t wait for the next Ware/Church collaboration.

  • Nicki R

    Story was good, not amazingly good, just good; narrator was great.

  • Maureen B

    Loved it! Great narration and some genuinely scary moments where I wouldn't recommend listening in the dark. Suspenseful, dark mystery. Highly recommend!

  • abby m

    I love the narrator of the book but the story had very slow pacing. The novel overall was good and the mysteries kept me going. The characters were definitely unique in his/her own way. I found only one character likable and that was Nina.

  • Chey Weaver

    Great thriller!

  • Colette Thomas

    This is a fantastic thriller. The characters are complex and relatable. It's a great portrayal of toxic friendships on top of being a nail-biter. Ruth Ware is my new favorite author. Imogen Church is an audiobook listener's dream: a beautiful voice with a wide range of emotions and dialects turn easy listening into headphone theatre. Don't miss this!

  • Alyssa Sterioti

    Great suspenseful book!

  • Briana Janmaat

    It took awhile for the story to get going and I felt as though the plot was very drawn out. The narration was quite expressive but I wonder if I had read it rather than listened if it wouldn't have felt so slow.