Nora hasn’t heard from her childhood friend Clare in years but when she unexpectedly gets an invite to Clare’s Hen Party (Bachelorette Party) a sense of nostalgia lures her to the party. Unfortunately Nora quickly regrets this decision just like those counselors in “Friday the 13th” regret their trip to trip to Camp Crystal Lake. The weekend Hen Party getaway in the woods quickly turns from a reunion with old pals to a nightmare for Nora when she awakens in a hospital with dim memories of the weekend other than the knowledge that someone was killed and flashes of violence.
This is a great read for a rainy spring weekend. When Nora first arrives at the cabin in the woods for the Hen Party, the way the author paints a sense of foreboding is incredible. I would’ve turned around and left the party right then and there. Piecing together the event of the party weekend turned nightmare along with Nora were thrilling and fun. It was like a puzzle; you’re trying to put together the pieces of Nora’s memories with her. I started to figure parts of the puzzle out before she did but the terrifying conclusion was still hair-raising. I recommend cozying up with “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware pronto. And if someone offers you a weekend getaway at a remote cabin in the woods with no cell service, think twice!
I received a free ARC of this book at BEA 2015.
This review was previously posted as an "Insta-Read," on @bwobny
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