THE IT GIRL

Out summer 2022 – pre order your copy now!

 

EVERYONE WANTED HER LIFE. SOMEONE WANTED HER DEAD.

April was the first person Hannah met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It Girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit, along with Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily. By the end of the term, the six were fast friends. 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, John Neville, has died in prison. But Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking with evidence that throws everything in doubt, and Hannah is forced to ask, did her testimony put an innocent man in prison?

She needs to know the truth.

Because if the killer wasn’t Neville, it’s someone she knows…

A new page-turning thriller from the international number one bestselling author Ruth Ware.

Read the First Chapter HERE

Signed, personalised copies are available to pre-order from Ruth’s local independent bookshop, City Books. Click here to order.

Out summer 2022 – pre order your copy now!

 

EVERYONE WANTED HER LIFE. SOMEONE WANTED HER DEAD.

April was the first person Hannah met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It Girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit, along with Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily. By the end of the term, the six were fast friends. 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, John Neville, has died in prison. But Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking with evidence that throws everything in doubt, and Hannah is forced to ask, did her testimony put an innocent man in prison?

She needs to know the truth.

Because if the killer wasn’t Neville, it’s someone she knows…

A new page-turning thriller from the international number one bestselling author Ruth Ware.

Signed, personalised copies are available to pre-order from Ruth’s local independent bookshop, City Books. Click here to order.

How I Write

How I Write

…or rather, how I wrote The It Girl

One of the questions I get asked most at events and talks is how I write – how I plot, how I come up with ideas, what an average writing day looks like.

Writing a World You Don’t Know

Writing a World You Don’t Know

You’ve probably heard the writing advice “Write what you know.” It’s one of the first maxims handed out to would-be novelists. And there’s a seductive logic to it – if you’re writing a world you know intimately, you can immediately put aside concerns about research and authenticity and just get on with crafting the story.

Dark Academia

Dark Academia

A closed community. Passionate friendships. The pressure-cooker stress of academic success… or failure. It’s no wonder that boarding schools and universities make some of the best settings for murder – in fact it’s surprising to me that there aren’t more whodunnits centred on colleges….

REVIEWS

“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, author of The Family Upstairs

“Before: cool, calm, chilled. After: What? No! OMG! A wild ride that’s deliciously twisting, with countless gasp-out-loud moments.” 

Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal

“The It Girl is brilliant. Ruth is the master of the fiendishly twisty, yet completely believable, plot.” 

Elly Griffiths, author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries.

“If you ever idly wish that Agatha Christie would write a new book, Ruth Ware has got you covered. The It Girl has all the clues, twists and red herrings you could wish for, in a thoroughly modern setting. An impeccably constructed mystery from start to finish.”

Jane Casey, author of The Killing Kind

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