Nora Shaw wakes up in the hospital with the faint, nagging memory of running through a snowy wilderness in blood-saturated clothes. At first she has no idea what has happened, but she gradually begins to piece together a terrifying scenario. She remembers being a guest at a weekend “hen” party in honor of Clare, the bride-to-be and Nora's childhood friend. The hen is to be held in a sleek, modern, isolated glass house deep in the woods of England. Nora, a reclusive novelist, does not particularly want to go, especially since she hasn't spoken to Clare in years, but she reluctantly agrees to accompany Nina, an acquaintance from the past who has also been invited. The situation feels strangely uncomfortable from the moment they arrive. The hostess, Flo, seems more than a little wacky and tightly wound; and, for various reasons, emotions are running high among the odd assortment of guests. As Nora’s memory slowly returns and she realizes that the police view her as a suspect in a crime investigation, she becomes obsessed with finding out exactly what happened during that ill-fated get together in the bleak English countryside…and why.
Are you are in the mood for an edgy whodunit set In a Dark, Dark Wood? If so, try Ruth Ware’s debut novel, soon to become a motion picture. If you still haven't had your fill of psychological suspense, two more tawdry tales are The Hand that Feeds You by A. J. Rich and Precious Thing by Colette McBeth.