The it Girl Book Summary Author Reviews by Ruth Ware

The it Girl is a thriller novel by the international number one bestseller Ruth Ware, who is also the author of 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.

The it Girl Summary

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.

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The it Girl Author – Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware Author of The it Girl Book

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark WoodThe Woman in Cabin 10The Lying GameThe Death of Mrs WestawayThe 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. Visit to find out more.

The it Girl Book Information

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The it girl Book
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery/Scout Press (July 12, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982155264
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982155261
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.32 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #37 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #8 in Murder Thrillers
  • #16 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • #17 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars    365 ratings

The it Girl Reviews (Amazon)

Editorial Reviews

“So many flawed friendships, so many promising red herrings. . . . The pages just turn themselves.” —People Magazine

“Ware once again demonstrates her literary claim as the 21st century’s answer to Agatha Christie with this ingeniously crafted puzzler . . . Fans of Golden Age mysteries like Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night will love the book’s Oxford setting, while readers of trendy dark academia suspense novels, in the manner of Alex Michaelides’s The Maidens, will feel right at home. Top-drawer entertainment from a modern master of mystery.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Ruth Ware’s richly-textured The IT Girl is at once an engrossing murder mystery while also a perfectly crafted and haunting examination of lost youth and the compromises of adulthood, as a woman unpicks the past secrets of her university friends to finally lay to rest her murdered best friend, the dazzling April. Reminiscent of The Secret History, Ware has surpassed herself with this gripping, absorbing whodunnit. I loved it! All hail the Queen.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times Bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“Deliciously dark and utterly addictive — my favourite Ruth Ware yet!” —Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and The Guest List

“Every Ruth Ware novel is a unique and unexpected gem and this one is no exception. A heady, tense, slowburn dream of a book, multi-layered and steeped in atmosphere and peril. I loved every page.” —Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

“Ware develops both the reader’s doubts about and concern for Hannah as the suspense builds gradually under a masterful barrage of red herrings . . . Riveting.” —Booklist (Starred Review)

“This exceptional psychological thriller from Ware probes how much one can trust others—and one’s self . . . . Alternating past and present chapters build toward a gripping denouement as nicely chosen details bring each character vividly to life. This showcases Ware’s gifts to the fullest.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“As usual with Ware, the novel is well crafted—the setting, characters, and dialogue are all engaging . . . Delightfully readable.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Amazon Verified Buyers


5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2022

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I liked the book. Read it in 1 day. Parts were not always believable

Kathleen Hughes

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect psychological thriller!
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2022

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Two stories, 10 years apart, weave slowly together in The It Girl, the new psychological thriller by Ruth Ware, master of the genre. They are both narrated by Hannah Jones, former student at Oxford University, now an expectant mother. At Oxford, Hannah’s roommate is the fey, charismatic, sometimes cruel April Clarke-Cliveden. Together with Emily, Will, Hugh and Ryan, they form a close friendship. But at the end of the second year, Hannah discovers April’s dead body in their rooms. She has been strangled, presumably by eccentric University porter John Neville. Now, Hannah is married to Will and expecting their first child when she learns that John Neville has died in prison. The memories of the night April was murdered and the ensuing trial where she was the main witness plunge Hannah into the past. And when a reporter comes to her with information showing that Neville may have been innocent, Hannah questions her memories. She and her friends have very different recollections and all have secrets they do not want to share.

The It Girl is the perfect psychological thriller. Two compelling plots, multidimensional characters and locations at Oxford and Edinburgh quickly pull the reader into to this fast paced mystery. 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Ruth Ware for this ARC.


5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest book yet!
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2022

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Loved it from beginning to end- it was all I could do to keep myself from reading ahead but of course I did not-Really big shock at the end!!it’s another good one for Ruth Ware !

Elie H.

5.0 out of 5 stars Ware’s imagination is really “IT”!
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2022

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I wait all year for the next Ruth Ware book. She perfectly inserts “red herrings” to throw us off the track, but the track is all hers and we can only strap in for the ride. Ware sprinkles “hints” throughout: a character’s question here (unanswered), or half-remembered thought there (that can’t yet be connected). Then she takes us on the long ride home to the nail-biting end. Absorbing, exciting, a great read! Her mysteries really stand out in a crowded field.


5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly Plotted Mystery
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2022

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Ruth Ware never disappoints! Every book is unique, and each -including this excellent mystery – is engrossing, well plotted & has interesting, complex, multilayered characters. Can’t wait for the next one!

Runner girl

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow mystery with solid plot
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2022

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I always look forward to Ruth Ware books and she didn’t let me down. Mysterious without being convoluted, loose ends that are well resolved at the end. Her mysteries are the gold standard. Very happy with my purchase!

Benjamin G. Fast

5.0 out of 5 stars You’ll never solve this one!
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2022

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Great characters, truly a modern day Agatha Christie. Could not figure out the murder even when the answer was right in front of me!

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