Wooooo hoooooo it’s Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking for a new read for this weekend! Can I tempt you with the latest book from Ruth Ware maybe?
Massive thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the blog tour and for my proof copy of The It Girl.
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 realises that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.
What Did I Think?
The transition from sixth form to university is a daunting one. The living away from home, the self motivation, the new people and for Hannah she’s got a roommate to deal with as well. The glamorous, outgoing and rich April. They hit it off instantly thankfully!
April has it all and wants everything else! She doesn’t like the word no, well that’s the impression I got of her. But she upset the wrong person and paid for it dearly!
Fast forward to the present and someone is unsettling Hannah who was the star witness in the case against April’s murderer. Did young slightly naive Hannah get it wrong?
With alternating chapter between the Before and the After, I felt like I was watching an enthralling tennis match, my head flicking from the past to the present. Ware drip fed me the uni shenanigans intermingled with Hannah’s crisis of conscience and memory. They were like pieces of a jigsaw that I didn’t have the box with the picture on to reference.
As I delved deeper and deeper into the events leading to April’s death and as Hannah poked and prodded her memory and that of her peers, I thought I had it all sown up. I had my culprit and their motive. But was I right??!
The It Girl is a tense time jumping thriller that well and truly kept me in my toes. Having loved Ware’s debut, I was keen to sample another offering from her keyboard especially with all the rave reviews of her works since. The It Girl did not disappoint me. It ticked all the right crime thriller boxes for me!
Who Is Ruth Ware?
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. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ruthwarewriter or at ruthware.com