ARC BOOK REVIEW: The It Girl by Ruth Ware


Publication Date: July 12, 2022
Format: E-book
Genre:  Suspense/Mystery

Publisher: Gallery Books
432  pages
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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.


I received an advance review copy from the publisher, through book and I am writing this review voluntarily. 

April is an It Girl, the girl who has it all, looks, personality, wealth, the one everyone wants to be and be around. Except for the person who killed her.

Years after she found her university roommate dead, Hannah finds her life turned upside down once again when the man she helped convict of the murder dies in prison still proclaiming his innocence.  When a reporter gets in touch and starts making Hannah question what really happened that night she finds herself looking at her friends and that night in a whole new light. Of course that also means looking at her husband differently, since Hannah is married to April's ex boyfriend from uni Will and they are expecting their first child. 

I am a big fan of Ruth Ware but was sorely disappointed by her last book so I was really excited to get my hands on this one.  I loved the alternating chapters of Before and After, really giving you the sense of who these people were before, and watching the whole thing play out.  It really kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end when I was biting my lip with anxiety.  April may have been an It Girl but she was not a nice person, its really not a surprise she wound up dead after some of the stuff she pulled with her friends. I really liked this book and I'm so happy to be able to recommend it! 

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