In A Dark Dark Wood

 

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‘In a dark dark wood’ by Ruth Ware. I picked this book up over a year ago but only got round to reading it last month.

‘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.

Very wrong.

And secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.’

I have very mixed emotions towards this book. I couldn’t put the thing down from start to end, but I was continuously complaining about it!. It starts off quite slow, and then BANG!, WOLLOP! everything is suddenly turned upside down. It was an entertaining read, but if you are going to pick this one up, please be aware that you will become rather upset and angry by the end.

This book had me ranting to my partner about how upset it made me. I felt so sorry for certain characters! I don’t believe anyone would do such things unless they were mentally unstable. I don’t like including spoilers so I won’t drag on about it but the conclusion to the events in this book were a little bit over the top and just plain annoying. (The ending sentence didn’t really make sense to me too, I felt like it was a bit random and un-needed.) Some of the characters are seriously messed up! but I did really like Nina. She was the only character that didn’t annoy me..

Why? Why is this book so cruel?!

Basically, I felt a bit wounded after reading this one, but I will give it a good rating as I did find it to be quite a page turner.

3/5 stars ***

(Note to self: Start reading happier books)

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Black Eyed Susans

“That was my grandfather’s one survival tip if I ever found myself trapped in a fairy tale. Keep your promises. Bad things happen if you don’t.”

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‘Black Eyed Susans’ by Julia Heaberlin.

‘I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.’

This was such a page turner for me. The more you read, the harder it is to put it down! I don’t usually read Mystery – Thriller genres, but the cover of this one sold it to me. I ended up loving it! I would now consider reading more from this genre as I found it so exciting.

‘Left with three other girls in a grave shrouded by Black-eyed Susans, Tessa alone survived, her testimony helping to put a killer behind bars. Now, Sixteen years later, he is about to be executed, but Tessa feels no relief. Because someone is planting black-eyed Susans outside her window. Someone is sending her daughter sinister messages. And there’s a lawyer telling her the man about to be put to death is innocent.’

When I first started reading this, I couldn’t get used to the way in which it was written. Each chapter shifts backwards and forwards in time. But after a while I found this to be extremely well thought out. It helps to explain why some things happen and gives a better understanding of the characters. By the end, I was jumping up and down on my sofa as the secrets were unveiled.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. It was not predictable (at least not to me) and has a great amount of suspense to keep you guessing!

4/5 stars!

Hope you pick this book up if you get the chance.

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The Lovely Bones

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The story of a gruesome murder and a family’s need for peace and closure. This may sound unsettling but I somehow found this book to be quite calming at times. The book is written from Susie’s vantage point, which gives a rather unique perspective to the story.

The story is set in the 1970’s and begins with the murder of Susie Salmon, a teenage girl, then follows her to heaven. “Heaven is comfort, but it’s still not living.” Susie can’t break away from her family. She spends her days in heaven watching over her loved ones as they struggle to cope with a life that she is no longer a part of. This story really does play with a readers emotions. I kept finding myself smiling and celebrating along with Susie, and other times, Crying with her. This book was definitely a page turner for me. I couldn’t put the thing down.

I remember seeing the film ‘The Lovely Bones’ in the cinema back in 2009. I loved the story back then, but it’s nothing compared to the book. I decided to watch the film again straight after I had finished reading it. Disappointment.. The film is now a bore and a blunder. The book is far greater in comparison.

A character that has stuck with me since reading this book is the father, Jack Salmon. He is probably one of the most loving fathers in history. He never failed to stir my emotions and never wanted to give up on Susie. Another character which lingers in my mind is Ruth Connors, a quiet, misunderstood girl who accidentally touches Susie soul as she is leaving earth.

I don’t want to give too much away so I hope that you will pick this book up if you get the chance. I will definitely read this again in a couple of years. I Hope you enjoyed my tiny review.

“You look invincible,’ my mother said one night.
I loved these times, when we seemed to feel the same thing. I turned to her, wrapped in my thin gown, and said:
I am.”

5/5 Stars (I really liked this book!).

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The Night Book

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I will remember this book for quite a while. ‘The Night Book’ by Richard Madeley is a story set in the Lake District back in the 1970’s, where beneath the depths of the lake waits danger and death. Murder, lies and love. All the ingredients for a disaster. I don’t want to give away too much information as when I first started reading it I really had no idea what it was about but that worked out better for me as I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had. I was pleasantly surprised. I also guessed completely wrong about the genre of this book. I suppose you could say it was crime/romance, I don’t usually pick up books that include this sort of story line but in the end I couldn’t put the thing down. I really would recommend this book if you want a simple, easy read which keeps you gripped till the end.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the font was printed a bit large but to be honest that is a silly point so feel free to ignore that.

3/5

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