**THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER**
AN INVITATION TO DIE FOR….
Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back.
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage - the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.
But something goes wrong.
And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.
'Genuinely chilling and totally compulsive'
'You won't be able to put down this creepy page-turner'
'A tense, terrifying novel'
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
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.