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  • Location: Northumberland, Kielder

In a Dark Dark Wood

In a Dark Dark Wood

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2000s: A dark dark wood in Northumberland is not where you would want to be in the company of this group of people….

  • ISBN: 978-0099598244
  • Genre: Psychological, Thriller

What you need to know before your trail

Nora Shaw is a crime writer living in London. Ten years ago she walked away from everything she knew – her boyfriend, friends and school and made a new life for herself. Now an email has come out of the blue from an old friend inviting her to a hen weekend. Clare Cavendish is getting married. Clare Cavendish her former best friend. On the email other friends names are mentioned including former friend Nina de Souza. why get in touch with her after all this time and to invite her to a hen weekend? Against her better instincts she heads off..

To an isolated house in the Northumberland woods with five other people she barely knows.

Why has this group of friends not seen each other for so long? What secrets are between them and what exactly is buried in the dark dark wood.

Travel Guide

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house…..

The setting of a Dark Dark wood is exactly what it says on the tin – a dark dark wood, in the middle of nowhere, in deepest darkest Northumberland somewhere and in the middle of your worst nightmare.

And in the dark dark house there was a dark, dark room….

A remote house with five people you barely know and a hen weekend with your former best friend. The weather is cold and chilling, the phone reception none existent and even if you dare to venture too far in the hope that you will come across a house or a neighbour of some sort, maybe even try climbing to the hill to see a bit further, maybe to get your phone to work, this is a place where no one can hear you scream.

The sheep cropped moors and low hills.

It’s the back of beyond up here, nothing but trees and hills

Following events which took place in those woods, the narrator of the story is lying in hospital.

And in the dark, dark room there was a dark dark cupboard…

She lies there battered and bruised with no real memory of what happened back there. A head injury the only outward sign.

And in the dark dark cupboard there was …..a skeleton

Streetview Maps

Northumberland - Kielder Forest
Where the drama and the nightmare unfolds
Northumberland - Kielder Forest
Kielder Forest might look nice in the daylight....

Booktrailer Review


A great setting for a thriller – dark woods in the middle of nowhere, five friends, virtual strangers cut off from civilsation with no neighbours or outward signs of life within a few mile radius. What freaked me out was the fact that anyone could receive a random invite to a hen weekend that you might just be curious enough to go on. Never would you think it was something you would regret for more than a bad hangover or a blast from the past you wished you’d never seen again. But as Nora, now lying in hospital narrates, catching up with old friends out of curiosity could just be the worst decision of your life. A very gothic and Agatha Christie feel to the whole affair  as your curiosity gets you turning the pages. But remember what curiosity did to that cat?

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