Published: August 25, 2015
What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.
This is a spectacular spooky story with a “who dun it” plot line.
It takes place in England, which I understand can be gloomy at times and in a “cabin”, which has huge floor to ceiling windows of glass that face a forest, and it’s in the middle of nowhere. Now, can you think of a better place for a “hen party”, which in America we would call a bachelorette party?
Nora makes the first mistakes by answering the email her gut told her to delete, and her second mistake by actually going.
The bride-to-be is her old best friend, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years and there is bad blood between them. I ask you, would you go? Not me!
The groom is Nora’s old high school boyfriend, James, who got her pregnant and dumped her in a text message telling her it was HER problem (or so she thought).
It’s a great story with a great plot and a great outcome. If you like spooky stories, you will love this one!
If you don’t want spoilers, STOP HERE.
The bride-to-be has always been jealous of Nora and wanted James for herself, even back in high school. James found out that SHE had sent the text to Nora dumping her in his name and that Nora had an abortion so he decides to call off the wedding. The evil bride-to-be has decided to lure James up to the cabin with a text message signing Nora’s name. She invites Nora to the “hen party” so she can set her up for James’s murder, killing two birds with one stone.