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Review: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Title: The It Girl
Author: Ruth Ware
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction
Pages: 432 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)UK

SummaryApril 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 year, 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.

Review: Ruth Ware is one of the go-to authors for thrillers these days and she does not disappoint with this one.

I feel like I've been reading a lot of domestic thrillers lately so it was nice to have a change of pace and read one set at a college with a set of friends. I also like the back and forth between "before" the murder and "after" told in alternating chapters as we get to see how different characters remember their earlier lives, how the murder affected them, etc.

I did not see the ending coming so that is always a plus and it wasn't some random weird twist that made no sense either, which is a bonus. I think the tensions built well and I found myself staying up a bit late to finish the book.

If you are a fan of Ruth Ware's books, I'd add this one to your TBR!

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Big Book Summer--432 pages

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