Ruth Ware

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Ruth Ware (2018)

Ruth Ware (born 1977) is a British psychological crime thriller author. Her novels include In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015), The Woman in Cabin 10 (2016), The Lying Game (2017) and The Death of Mrs Westaway (2018). Both In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 were on the U.K.'s Sunday Times and The New York Times top ten bestseller lists.[1] She is represented by Eve White of the Eve White Literary Agency.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ruth Ware was born in 1977 and grew up in Lewes. She studied English at Manchester University, where she developed a fascination with Old English and Middle English texts.

Before her writing career, Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller and a publicist. She also spent time in Paris, teaching English as a foreign language.

Ware now lives near Brighton.

Early career[edit]

Before embarking on her writing career as Ruth Ware, Ware wrote five young adult fantasy novels under the alias Ruth Warburton, all of which were published by Hodder's Children Books.

  • A Witch Alone (2013) 978-1444904710
  • A Witch in Winter (2013) 978-1444904697
  • A Witch in Love (2013) 978-1444904703
  • Witch Finder (2014) 978-1444914467
  • Witch Hunt (2014) 978-1444914481

Writing style[edit]

In her crime books, Ware's writing style is often compared to that of Agatha Christie.[3][4] Ware has admitted to being unconsciously influenced by Christie and other mystery novelists of that time.[5] Ware's protagonists are usually ordinary women who find themselves in dangerous situations involving a crime. The first two of Ware's novels feature a murder mystery with a group of people trapped, or otherwise restricted from immediately escaping the dangerous environment. Christie was famously known for utilizing this plot device, in novels such as Murder on the Orient Express.[6] Ware and Christie both choose settings and situations that foster the sense of dread that propels their characters to paranoia and often they react violently as a result. These environments create a sense of isolation for the events to unfold in.[7] Ware's settings play a key role in drawing in the reader and are just as essential and integral to her story as the characters.

Works[edit]

Image of jacket design for Ruth Ware's first two novels, In a Dark, Dark Wood (copyright 2015 Simon & Schuster, jacket design Alan Dingman, jacket art by Shutterstock) and The Woman in Cabin 10 (copyright 2016 Simon & Schuster, jacket design Alan Dingman, jacket photographs by Alamy and Arcangel).

Ware has written five psychological thrillers, as of 2018:

 • In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015) is about a woman who attends a bachelorette party (hen do) of a childhood friend whom she hasn't heard from in years. The party takes place in an isolated glass house in the woods and takes a turn for the worse. By the end of the weekend someone is dead and everyone is a suspect.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

 • The Woman in Cabin 10 (2016) is about Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist who goes on the maiden voyage of the Aurora Borealis, a luxury cruise ship, for an assignment in the Norwegian fjords. Lo witnesses what she believes was a woman being thrown overboard, yet all passengers remain accounted for and no one believes her.[14][15][16][17][18]

 • The Lying Game (2017) revolves around four girls who attend a private boarding school; they form a bond from a game of telling lies. The poor actions of the girls' boarding school days resurface years later when they receive a mysterious text.[19][20][21][22][23]

 • The Death of Mrs Westaway (2018) is about Hal, a young tarot card reader, who receives a mysterious and large inheritance. When Hal attends the funeral of the deceased it becomes clear that she was not the intended recipient of the inheritance and that she has become involved in a dangerous mystery.[24]

 • The Turn of the Key (2019) is about a nanny and two children, written as if updating Henry James's The Turn of the Screw in a 21st-century setting.[25]

Film adaptations[edit]

Three of Ware's books have been optioned for screen.

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015): New Line Cinema has acquired film rights. Reese Witherspoon's Pacific Standard is attached to produce.[26]
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 (2016): CBS has acquired film rights, and is set to produce the film with the Gotham Group. Screenwriter Hillary Seitz is attached.[27]
  • The Lying Game (2017): Entertainment One has acquired television rights to The Lying Game.[28]

Accolades[edit]

Ware's novels have won or been nominated for a number of awards and end-of-year lists:

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015)
    • A BEA Buzz Panel selection
    • An NPR best book of 2015
    • RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Suspense Novel
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 (2016)

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews of Ruth Ware's psychological crime thrillers have been generally positive. The Independent named In A Dark, Dark Wood as "this year's hottest crime novel".[32][33] The Guardian praised In A Dark, Dark Wood's "excellent characterisation" and called the book's ending "mesmerising".[34]The Independent described The Lying Game as "gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting," in a four-star review.[35] In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews' writer said "cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won’t want to move until it’s over."[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruth Ware, www.ruthware.com/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  2. ^ Sue Leonard http://www.suejleonard.com/articles/beginners-pluck/ruth-ware/
  3. ^ "Love in Suspense recommended read: 'The Woman in Cabin 10' by Ruth Ware". Happy Ever After. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  4. ^ Cowles, Gregory (2016-07-27). "Inside the List". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  5. ^ "Ruth Ware on Agatha Christie - Dead Good". Dead Good. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  6. ^ Christie, Agatha (2017-10-31). Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Reprint ed.). William Morrow. ISBN 9780062693662.
  7. ^ "'Scream' Meets Agatha Christie In 'A Dark, Dark Wood'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  8. ^ "In a Dark, Dark Wood." Penguin Books, https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1099571/in-a-dark-dark-wood/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  9. ^ "In a Dark, Dark Wood Setting." Book Rags, www.bookrags.com/studyguide-in-a-dark-dark-wood/settings.html#gsc.tab=0. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  10. ^ Ruth Ware, www.ruthware.com/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  11. ^ Zimmerman, Jean. "'Dark, Dark' Doings In A Slick Debut Thriller." NPR Books, https://www.npr.org/2015/08/18/432582306/dark-dark-doings-in-a-slick-debut-thriller. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  12. ^ "In a Dark, Dark Wood". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  13. ^ "In a Dark, Dark Wood". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  14. ^ Gonzalez, Vilma. "Love in Suspense recommended read: 'The Woman in Cabin 10' by Ruth Ware." Happy Ever After - USA Today, happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/07/11/vilma-gonzalez-recommended-read-the-woman-in-cabin-10-ruth-ware/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  15. ^ Ruth Ware, www.ruthware.com/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  16. ^ "The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware." Book of the Month, https://www.bookofthemonth.com/best-books-of-the-year/the-woman-in-cabin-10-138. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  17. ^ "The Woman in Cabin 10." Simon & Schuster, www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Woman-in-Cabin-10/RuthWare/9781501132933. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  18. ^ "The Woman in Cabin 10". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  19. ^ Ruth Ware, www.ruthware.com/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  20. ^ "Summary and reviews of The Lying Game." Book Browse, https://www.bookbrowse.com/bb_briefs/detail/index.cfm/ezine_preview_number/12531/the-lying-game. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  21. ^ "The Lying Game | Book by Ruth Ware." Simon & Schuster, www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Lying-Game/Ruth-Ware/9781501156007. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  22. ^ "The Lying Game". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  23. ^ Aikman, Becky (2017-09-01). "Suspense Fiction That Mines the Terrain of Female Guilt". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  24. ^ "Ruth Ware". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  25. ^ "Book Marks reviews of The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware". Book Marks. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  26. ^ "Reese Witherspoon is developing an 'In A Dark, Dark Wood' adaptation". EW.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  27. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-03-16). "Ruth Ware's 'The Woman in Cabin 10' Adaptation in the Works at CBS Films". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  28. ^ Busch, Anita (2017-08-16). "Ruth Ware's 'The Lying Game' Picked Up By The Gotham Group". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  29. ^ Ruth Ware, www.ruthware.com/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  30. ^ "The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware." Book of the Month, https://www.bookofthemonth.com/best-books-of-the-year/the-woman-in-cabin-10-138. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  31. ^ "The Woman in Cabin 10." Simon & Schuster, www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Woman-in-Cabin-10/RuthWare/9781501132933. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  32. ^ "In a Dark, Dark Wood." Penguin Books, https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1099571/in-a-dark-dark-wood/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  33. ^ Ruth Ware, www.ruthware.com/. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017.
  34. ^ Wilson, Laura (2015-08-22). "The best recent crime novels – review roundup". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  35. ^ "The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, book review: A plausible mystery". The Independent. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  36. ^ THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware | Kirkus Reviews.