The It Girl
Books | Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) 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 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. “The Agatha Christie of our generation” (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author) proves once again that she is “as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime” (The Washington Post) with this propulsive murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Simon & Schuster UK
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"The decade-old murder of a college student is opened up when her convicted killer dies in prison, having proclaimed his innocence to his dying day. Told from the POV of the victim’s best friend, Hannah, who whose niggling doubts about her testimony results in troubling questions about how well she knows any of their friends. Great Ruth Ware plot twists. "
"I loved this read with all my heart! April is the ultimate it girl, blonde, vivacious, with the world at her fingertips. She makes a splash wherever she goes and draws Hannah, her roommate, right under her wing. Hannah can't believe her luck until everything goes mysteriously, disbelievingly awry and April is murdered. The book shifts between past and present timelines as Hannah is not the same after losing April and defines her life before and after April. Each timeline was insightful and I loved the heartwarming relationship between Hannah and Will, who are there for each other each step of the way, while experiencing their share of realistic conflicts and tempestuous ups and downs. I also enjoyed the novel, in the past chapters, being set at picturesque Oxford, with Hannah finding her way and sense of self. I thought the story was well-written, continuously engaging, and deserving of all the stars!"
"Once again, Ruth Ware has written an Agatha Christie-esque novel which will leave you guessing and reguessing the 5 Ws of a compelling Oxford murder mystery. Expect love, betrayal, and, in "Yellowjackets" style, time jumps between before and after the crime. A++++. Or, should I say "alpha"? 😉"
"Listened to it on audio. The narrator was terrific. Book was about a girl at Oxford who had everything beauty, smarts and charisma. Unfortunately she also had a habit of playing elaborate practical jokes, some of which were ugly. What did she do to cause her strangulation? Was one of her Oxford friends guilty?"
"Good murder mystery, following a main character, Hannah, from college when her roommate, April, is killed to modern day when she learns the man she identified as the murderer was likely innocent. Hannah is the main character and we travel through time periods with her, meeting people in modern day (her husband, e.g,) whom she knew back in college. Some loose ends were never answered, and the author’s constant fretting about Hannah’s modern-day pregnancy bump made me want to throw up. Nevertheless, the mystery was brisk. Excellent narration on audio book by Imogen Church."