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Healthier Mudslide (In a Dark, Dark Wood)

Updated: Oct 4, 2019



This is the second novel I am reviewing by Ruth Ware. Why? Well, because I love her books. Period. If you like thrillers, or more specifically, the chic noir genre (psychological thrillers that focus on women with dark, serious themes) then she is the author for you. What I like about Ware’s writing style is not only does it fall into chic noir, but it has a strong classic mystery element. She builds suspense and leaves you helplessly turning the page at 2 a.m. even though you have work the next morning. Not to mention the title is intriguing. It has a comma in it… very mysterious.

What's the Plot?

Nora receives an invitation to her ex-best friend’s bachelorette party (or hen party as they say in England). But this isn’t the typical celebration with clubs, limos, and lingerie. Instead, it's hosted at a cottage in the middle of nowhere, equipped with an iffy phone line, and surrounded by a thick forest. As the weekend progresses, secrets are brought to light and an unthinkable horror occurs.



“It was growing dark, and somehow the shadows made it feel as if all the trees had taken a collective step towards the house, edging in to shut out the sky.”

-Ruth Ware (In a Dark, Dark Wood)



Whatcha Drinkin'?

As desperate as I am to cling to summer, much of this book involves snow which is something I don't even want to begin thinking about. In yet another attempt to slow the approach of fall, I give you my Healthier Mudslide recipe.


Traditional mudslides contain a ton of extra calories and are often enemies of the lactose-intolerant crowd. Simplifying the ingredients still gives this drink its trademark flavor with fewer negatives. Of course, if you are feeling daring throw in a scoop of ice cream, top it with sprinkles, or drizzle in a tablespoon of chocolate syrup while it’s in the blender. The mudslide is a versatile drink. It can be as much as or as little as a dessert as you like.




Healthier Mudslide

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Yield: 1 serving

Total Time: 5 minutes


What You Need:

- 1 ounce vodka or white rum

- 1 ounce coffee liqueur

- 1 ounce Irish cream liqueur

- 1 ½ cups ice

- Whip cream (optional)


What You Do:

1. Add vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, and ice to a blender.

2. Pulse until smooth.

3. Pour into a glass and top with whip cream. Serve immediately.