In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015) – Ruth Ware
Although only 338 pages long and seemingly too thin to hold open a door, it can – I tried it.
In a Dark, Dark Wood (DDW) is a mystery/thriller dubbed ‘the year’s hottest crime novel’. Hm. I don’t think there’s been a novel that has deserved this statement since Gone Girl (2012) by Gillian Flynn – it seriously caught people off guard. Yet DDW is lacking.
It’s not particularly thrilling, which is a problem considering it’s been plonked straight into the thriller genre. Plus there’s no real mystery. The whodunnit aspect of the narrative is pretty obvious, as is the ending.
After the success of Gone Girl it seems everyone is trying their hand at the twisty thriller/killer genre, whether they’re good at it or not. But why?
What most, if not all crime/thriller/mystery novels do (even the crappy ones) is reel you in nicely. They’re easy to read, because you know at the end there’s going to be answers to all of the questions – you just need to get there. Even if you are 99% certain who has done what and/or how the story is going to end, there’s still that pesky 1% that needs to be sure. We need loose ends tying up – it’s who we are.
So, once again I was reeled in, and once again, I was disappointed, but not entirely surprised, that I had predicted the outcome of the narrative, as well as reading a pretty shitty ending.
If you’re going on holiday, take this book. It’s not tasking, mysterious or thrilling – much like sunbathing on a beach. Plus if you need to hold a door open, you can!