The first half of Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood was dreadfully slow for me. The characters were shallow and annoying, and the fact that they were all going away for the weekend together was hard to believe. A little over halfway through, there was a huge shift and the pace really picked up. Although there were some holes in the plot, and I still found the characters insufferable, I can’t deny that I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I found out what had actually happened.
I expected more suspense, more psychological thrills. I can’t relate to Reese Witherspoon’s quote on the front of the book (“Prepare to be scared…really scared!”) at all. The parts that had the potential to be scary felt so rushed, I never had the chance to feel much of anything beyond simply wanting to satisfy my “whodunit” curiosity.