Nora lives a quiet life in London as a writer when she receives an invitation to her old friend Clare’s hen (bachelorette) party. Nora hasn’t seen Clare in ten years, since a traumatic event during high school caused Nora to leave her past behind. The small hen party group assembles at an unusual house made of glass in an English forest, where strange things begin happening. The book is a little bit mystery, a little bit thriller, but mostly a psychological novel about friendship and memory. I listened to the audio book and found the narrator’s performance really enhanced the story. The dark, snowy setting and suspenseful plot will keep you cold this summer.
“WARNING: This book is hot. Do not pick it up late at night or if you are in a dark, dark wood…Ruth Ware has a gift. This British author’s first foray into fiction is a hit…it delivers a punch and keeps you guessing—an ideal August psychodrama that reminds us why mysteries remain such fun—except at night.” –The New York Journal of Books
“Ware slowly unspools the mystery, setting a truly spooky scene … with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on a dark and stormy night—with all the lights on.” –Kirkus Reviews