A weekend away deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in this suspenseful and compulsive debut psychological thriller.
Sometimes the only thing to fear...is yourself.
Leonora (Lee to some, Nora to others) is a reclusive writer, but when an old friend unexpectedly invites her to a weekend away in an eerie glass house, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But a haunting realization creeps in to the party: they are not alone in the woods.
Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?” she tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. In order to uncover secrets and reveal motives, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she’d rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.
In the vein of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this gripping thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Wow, prepare to lose a day to this tightly woven thriller about a hen party gone horribly wrong. Nora Shaw is a crime writer whose life is bottled up in routine. But her carefully managed composure begins to fall apart when she receives an invitation to attend a weekend getaway in honour of her estranged friend, Clare, who she hasn’t seen in 10 years. The tension that builds in this masterfully told tale of murder is so thick, we found it hard to breathe at times. First-time author Ruth Ware is witty and wicked—her pleasure in putting readers on edge is palpable.
At the start of Ware's solid but somewhat derivative first novel, a psychological thriller, crime writer Leonora Shaw leads a solitary life in London but receives an invitation to Northumberland to celebrate the impending marriage of Clare Cavendish, a friend she hasn't seen in 10 years. Nora and Clare were once inseparable, but something drove them apart. Nora and her sarcastic school chum, Nina da Souza, another invitee, decide to make the trip to the remote cottage known as the Glass House, the site of the hen party weekend. Flashbacks show Nora in the hospital, where she's recovering from an accident that she can't quite recall and wonders whose blood is on her hands. From the catty conversations at the party, secrets from Nora and Clare's past emerge, particularly relating to Nora's former love, James Cooper. Ware does a competent job ratcheting up the suspense, but the revelations aren't as exciting as the buildup.
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doesn’t live up to the hype
a satisfying enough read but didn’t find myself completely enthralled. the main twist was also kind of predictable!
In a dark, dark wood
Didn't find it overly scary, but it's an amazing psychological thriller.
Well done you.