in a dark dark wood in a dark dark wood

Genre: Thriller/Psychological Thriller
Page Count: 470 pages

Picture unexpectedly being invited on the weekend away for a friend’s hens night, only you haven’t seen or spoken to this friend in ten years, and you have no idea why you were invited. Not only that, but the destination is a glass house in the middle of the English countryside. It’s bound to be awkward but what if it’s more than that?

This is what the main character Leonora experiences in the book, and it’s just the tip of the ice burg. The book switches perspectives from the present, when Leonora wakes up in the hospital, injured and with no idea how she got there, to the tale of what transpired on the weekend away.

The way Ware draws you into this story is brilliant, you are hooked into the story right from the start, and your mind is questioning the events as the main character is. I found the build up was also extremely well timed, not too slowly drawn out and not revealed too early. Ruth has nailed the timing on this one.

Reading this at night made me need turn on all the lights when I went to the bathroom … just the kind of scare I like from my thrillers!

I won’t reveal too much, as I don’t want to spoil the book, but I will say that I honestly could not put it down without finding out what the conclusion would be and the answers to all the secrets that Leonora reveals and discovers.

I am definitely going to pick up more of Ruth’s books in the future as this is already one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

RATING:

★★★★☆

Nocturnal Readers Box Nocturnal Readers Box

I have just unboxed my first Nocturnal Readers Box!!

Nocturnal Readers Box is a monthly horror/psychological thriller/sci-fi subscription box that comes with one newly released book, one previously released book, and 4-5 bookish goodies.

This month’s theme was Corporate Overlords and I am so excited about what’s inside. The print and hitchhikers guide to the galaxy hand towel are particular highlights for me. Everything in the box perfectly fits the theme and is also extremely usable, it will also feel very personalised for anyone who is a horror/fantasy fan because everything in the box seems perfectly catered to you!

I got my mum this box for mothers day and she just unboxed hers on the phone with me and loved it. The great thing about this box is it suits all ages!

I already can’t wait for next months box!

 Whoever-fights-monsters

Whoever Fights Monsters is the first book by Robert Ressler I have read, and I have to say I am very impressed. Ressler is an expert in his field, which this book is a clear demonstration of. Though certainly not for the faint of heart and I recommend reading something light afterward.

Whoever Fights Monsters is about the history of criminal profiling and how Robert started his journey into this area. He is very humble when talking about his efforts and contributions to the field. He also is very careful to give credit to those that have earned it, which makes him very endearing.

Robert talks about the interviews he conducted with serial offenders throughout his career, and he demonstrates how the information he gathered has helped in identifying people at risk of becoming potential criminals. He also discusses how this information has informed profiling current offenders.

The whole book is insanely engaging and is right up my alley. Personally, I’m in the middle of my Psychology and Criminology degree. Though I believe it would be interesting to whoever is intrigued by the human mind and what happens with things go wrong.

A warning, there are crime scene photos in the book which could be triggering for some people.

the hobbit

the hobbit

“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit”

J.R.R Tolkien

Okay so by now most people have read the Hobbit, but I’m a little late to the party. So this is for the other stragglers like me, it’s time to get onboard!

I loved this story, I mean big time please don’t let this story end kinda love. It has all of the elements of the ultimate fantasy story and brings images alive in your head. The characters draw you in because they are not only complex but flawed like the rest of us.

The story focuses on Bilbo Baggins who is a Hobbit set in his ways passing the days in his Hobbit hole, and Gandalf gives him the chance to go on an adventure, something very un-hobbitlike. Tolkien tells the story of Bilbo learning to step out of his comfort zone and find out what he is made of, allowing him to experience the entire world around him and the magic it has to offer.

“Even the smaller person may change the course of the future”

J.R.R Tolkien

The friendships that develop between the characters are charming and feel very real. Personally, I always enjoy well-written friendships in any novel. The whole book is beautifully written, and many of the quotes have stuck with me.

The comedic element was a surprise and a very welcome one at that! When I say, this story has everything, laughs, tears, action, magic, I really mean it. Seriously, all of the emotions guys, all of them.

It reminded me of how I felt when I first read Harry Potter, and I can’t wait for my Lord of the Rings boxset to arrive so I can delve more into the magical world Tolkien has created.

P.S I have ordered the set with illustrations by Alan Lee! I highly recommend getting your hands on them if you can.