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.
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.
When we meet Hannah, she’s happily married to Will and spends her days pleasantly working at a bookstore. Not exactly the type of life you would have imagined had you know her back in college. Immediately upon arriving at Oxford as a freshman, she’d been befriended by the coolest girl she’d ever known, her roommate April.
Yes, the life Hannah lives now is much calmer than the life she led then. But then again, she’s now married to the boy April dated and April is dead.
Ruth Ware has done it again. The It Girl is a good old-fashioned whodunnit, with a twisty plot chock full of suspense. Definitely check this one out. It has all The Secret Place and The Secret History vibes. Special thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out now.