The It Girl – Book Review

Title:- The IT Girl

Author:- Ruth Ware

Date published:- July 12th 2022

No. of pages:- 423 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 3/5

Writing:- 2.5/5

Overall rating:- 2.5/5

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.The #1 New York Times bestselling author of One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.

I was super duper excited when I got hands on Ruth Ware’s latest novel The It Girl. I am a huge fan of Ruth Ware and if you had been following my blog, I have given high ratings to some of her novels The Death of Mrs Westaway and The Turn of the Key. This is the fifth book I am reading from this author.

But my excitement to read this book soon worn down when I started to read the book.

The story starts with Hannah Jones who receives the news that a man named Neville who had been sent to prison for the murder of a socialite and Hannah’s roommate in college April had died in prison. Hannah should move on but soon, when she meets a journalist who insisted that Neville might be innocent and that someone might be responsible for April’s murder. Worse, Hannah’s testimony put Neville behind the bars.

The plot was interesting but I found this book utterly boring compared to her other books. The pace was slow and although there was before and after parts in the books, I didn’t find this book as a page turner like her previous books. Maybe it was just me, but I actually didn’t really enjoy this book as much as I did with her previous books. The after part was the one that was interesting and I do like April’s last name as well. Overall, I gave this book 2.5 stars.

If you want to try Ruth Ware’s books, try Turn of the Key or Death of Mrs. Westaway.

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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