Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 352 pages
First Published: 2022
April was the first person Hannah met at Oxford, and they quickly became inseparable with their group of friends until April was killed. A decade after April’s murder, Hannah learns that the recently deceased convicted killer may have been innocent. With a journalist probing for details and the murderer likely still out there, Hannah reconnects with her old friend group to uncover their long-buried secrets.
Ruth Ware is one of my favorite mystery writers and, having read all her books, I can tell you that The It Girl does not disappoint. Ware’s excellent writing makes up for the fact that the story is your standard dark academia prep school murder mystery. Even though the modern timeline is on the slow end, it didn’t seem to drag. If you want a solid summer thriller, Ruth Ware is definitely the way to go.
An unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.
April Coutts-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.
About Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware is a bestselling mystery writer whose works include In a Dark, Dark Wood, One by One, The It Girl, Zero Days, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. After working in the publishing industry, she became a full-time writer. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit the author’s website →