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Monday, July 25, 2022

The It Girl by Ruth Ware (Book Review)


Book Review

The It Girl by Ruth Ware
Publisher: Gallery / Scout Press
Publication Date: July 12, 2022
Format: Hardcover - 420 pages
               Paperback - 432 pages
               Audiobook - 17 Hours 9 Minutes
               Kindle - 2319 KB
               Nook - 5 MB
ISBN (HC): 978-1982155261
ISBN (PB): 978-1982163266
ASIN (Audiobook): B09KX448WG
ASIN (Kindle): B09JPJMS5X
BNID: 978-1982155285
Genre: Thriller

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book via NetGalley, and also purchased a copy of the book via Book Of The Month subscription. 

Book Description:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.

April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.

Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.

Book Excerpt:

My Book Review:

In The It Girl, author Ruth Ware transports the reader to Oxford University - Pelham College in the United Kingdom, and Stockbridge, Scotland, for an intriguing thriller that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.

The story centers around Hannah Jones de Chastaigne, who revisits the death of her college roommate, April Clarke-Cliveden. It has been ten years since Hannah found April dead in their college apartment, and the recent news that convicted murderer John Neville, the university Porter, has died in prison. The news brings up doubts and questions about April's death that have haunted Hannah throughout the years. Geraint Williams, a journalist contacts Hannah and tells her that he is convinced that the conviction was wrong, and that John Neville was innocent of the murder, and the real killer is still out there. Did Hannah's testimony in the trial send an innocent man to prison, and if so, who killed The It Girl?

Author Ruth Ware weaves a slow-building and suspenseful tale written in the third person narrative that alternates between the past and present, that follows Hannah as she looks into April's death and is determined to find the truth. 

The reader is easily drawn into this riveting story with its richly descriptive plot. It is filled with enough drama, secrets, motives, possible suspects, and intriguing twists and turns that definitely keeps the reader guessing until the surprising conclusion.

This was a really intrigruing story to read! The author does a wonderful job of providing enough clues to engage the reader, and I found myself so caught up on trying to figure out who was behind April's death. The story alternates between the past that features April, Hannah, and their close group of friends as they enter the first year of college up to the end of the year that leads to April's death, and the present that features Hannah's obsession to search for the truth behind April's death, and finally move forward with her life. I loved how the alternating storylines ultimately puts all the pieces of the puzzle together, you never know who your friends really are. I was absolutely stunned by the conclusion! 

The It Girl will definitely take the readers on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.


About The Author

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family. 

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