The It Girl Pdf is a suspense filled Mystery Thriller novel By Ruth Ware. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.
The It Girl Book 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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About Ruth Ware Author Of The It Girl Pdf Book
Ruth Ware Author of The It Girl Pdf 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, One by One and The It Girl have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family. Visit www.ruthware.com to find out more, or find her on facebook or twitter as @RuthWareWriter.
The It Girl pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- 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: #1,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #130 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
- #172 in Literary Fiction (Books)
- #289 in Suspense Thrillers
- Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11,851 ratings
The It Girl Book Reviews (Amazon.com)
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was everything I was hoping it would be.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 18, 2022
I couldn’t wait to read Ruth Ware’s newest book The It Girl and I am happy to report it did not disappoint. This book was everything I was hoping it would be.
Hannah Jones was excited to start a new chapter of her life at Oxford. Hannah and her roommate April Clarke-Cliveden became fast friends, and rounding out their friend group was Will, Emily, Ryan, and Hugh. These six friends formed a close bond and were enjoying their time at the university. That is, until April was murdered at the end of the second term. The school porter, John Neville, is found guilty of April’s murder, mostly due to Hannah’s testimony. It is now ten years later and Hannah and Will are married and expecting their first child. Hannah has done all she can to try and put the past behind her and now that John Neville has died in prison, she can truly move on. But when a journalist contacts Hannah and presents evidence that John Neville may have been innocent, Hannah’s world and all she thought she knew is about to come crashing down.
I loved how Ware presented this book in a dual timeline. One timeline was during Hannah’s time at Oxford and we got to see the events that lead up to April’s murder unfold. This was my favorite timeline. I really liked getting to know Hannah, April, Will, Ryan, Emily and Hugh and watch their friendships form. I especially liked learning more about April and how she was not the nicest person all the time. That just made the suspect pool increase for me. The second timeline is in the present, and in this timeline, we follow Hannah as she tries to come to terms with the fact that she may have been wrong about John Neville. Hannah is determined to figure out what actually happened the night April was murdered. I really loved her determination on uncovering the truth; even when she did not like the direction it was taking, she still pushed forward. Hannah owes it to April and to John Neville to make sure the right person pays for the crime.
I was all over the place on who I thought murdered April with all the twists and turns this book had. The more information Hannah uncovered in her quest to find the truth, the more my suspicions of everyone grew, especially when we learned of some of the mean things April did. By the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat, especially when it was revealed who the killer was.
I really don’t want to say too much because I think you need to go into this book not knowing anything. But if you are a fan of Ruth Ware, then I think you will love The It Girl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who killed the “It Girl” at Oxford?
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 17, 2022
This is the first book I’ve read by Ruth Ware. I enjoyed it enough to say it won’t be my last. Ten years ago, a jury found John Neville guilty of the murder of April Clarke-Clivedon, a young, vivacious, beautiful, brilliant, prank-loving Oxford student.
Now, having steadfastly maintained his innocence for all those years, Neville dies in prison.
Main character Hannah Jones was April’s best friend and roommate. She provided evidence that helped to convict Neville. When Hannah learns of new information casting doubt on Neville’s conviction, she feels compelled to find the truth about April’s death, despite the wishes and warnings of close friends and family, which, Hannah realizes, she may sorely regret not heeding.
It was a pleasure to read this novel. After suffering through several poorly written supposed best-sellers, I was relieved to be reading a work in which the author clearly cared about what words she put on the page. The prose is descriptive without being overwrought. The dialogue is realistic and moves the story forward.
The mystery is basically a “whodunnit?” Although at least one other reviewer has said they figured out the answer early on, I found that not to be the case. So as not to spoil the plot for anyone, I’ll just say that author Ruth Ware had me guessing, and guessing again, and guessing again, until the reveal.
I thought Ms. Ware did a fine job with her settings: Oxford University 10 years ago and present-day Edinburgh. I particularly enjoyed learning what it was like to be an Oxford student. And I came away from the novel hoping to visit Edinburgh sometime soon.
The characters are well-drawn, for the most part. April is a wonderful “It Girl.” Sometimes, she’s an angel; sometimes, she’s a devil; sometimes, she’s loved; and sometimes, she’s hated—all of which makes her lots of fun to read about. Other, lesser supporting characters are distinct and interesting.
I wasn’t quite as taken with Hannah as I might have been. She may be the heroine of the tale, but she spends a lot of time blaming herself for Neville’s conviction; and that self-blame doesn’t seem entirely justified in light of the facts Ms. Ware gives us. Also, Hannah ruminates a lot over her feelings. All of which gave me the impression that she was more self-centered, and self-righteous, than she needed to be, especially considering what she puts at risk. And all that ruminating slows the pace of the novel, IMO.
There are also times when Ms. Ware almost crosses the line separating drama from melodrama. But only a few and only almost. But, whatever flaws there may be are counterbalanced by an engaging, realistic mystery with lots of twists and turns down a variety of Scottish lanes. All-in-all, “The It Girl” is a solidly entertaining four-star read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine example of a properly constructed contemporary mystery.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on August 4, 2022
There is something almost irresistibly appealing about a mystery or drama set within the hallowed walls of academia. So, when Ruth Ware, one of the most consistently impressive mystery writers around, decides to set a novel in the surroundings of a fictitious Oxford University college, I was always going to make sure that I read it at the earliest opportunity … and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Ruth Ware has delivered another fine example of contemporary mystery fiction.
I won’t rehash the core plot here – there is adequate information in the official marketing blurb to get you started, without running the risk of any annoying spoilers from me. Ruth Ware once again makes full use of the potential presented by her chosen atmospheric setting. She invariably selects appealing backdrops for her stories, but unlike some less accomplished writers, she doesn’t waste the capacity it has to add to the overall impact of the narrative. If you have read this author’s work previously then you would also expect her to paint well-rounded, credible characters and that is precisely what she provides.
Ruth Ware is an exquisite storyteller. In this instance the events alternate between events around ten years ago at Oxford University and Hannah’s current life in Edinburgh. The switches in time frame are handled nicely and the reader is able to see the relevance of earlier happenings as the full picture gradually develops. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, along with some skilful misdirection.
Regular readers of the genre may well piece together the various bits of information and work out the solution before the official reveal – but whether you do or not, it really doesn’t matter. One of the things that I like and admire about Ruth Ware’s mystery writing is that she is always completely fair with the reader. There are no rabbits being pulled out of hats, nor sudden, incredible developments that couldn’t have possibly been foreseen. All of the clues are there for the astute reader to pick up along the way, or else to be acknowledged and appreciated in hindsight … and that is just the way a proper mystery should be constructed.
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