Blog Tour: The It Girl – Ruth Ware

Blog Tour: The It Girl – Ruth Ware


Release Date:
August 3rd 2022
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 432
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

Everyone wanted her life
Someone wanted her dead

It was Hannah who found April’s body ten years ago.
It was Hannah who didn’t question what she saw that day.
Did her testimony put an innocent man in prison?

She needs to know the truth.

Even if it means questioning her own friends.
Even if it means putting her own life at risk.

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

Review

Ruth Ware is back with a new twisty and compelling thriller. The book tells the story of April and Hannah, best friends at Oxford. When April dies, porter John Neville is convicted of killing her, in part thanks to Hannah’s testimony. As the ten-year anniversary of April’s death approaches, Hannah makes contact with her old friendship group from Oxford. She soon begins to wonder if John Neville was an innocent man and if he was, does that mean one of her friends is the killer?

One of the things I love about Ruth Ware’s books is that she always comes up with the most intriguing concepts. The It Girl was no exception and I was hooked pretty much from the very beginning. Ruth Ware has a brilliant way of slowly pulling you into the mystery. Ware has a really engrossing writing style and there were more than a few times when I resented having to put the book down.

The It Girl is the sort of book that continually keeps you guessing. I was never quite sure who was responsible and there were definitely a few surprise moments I did not expect. I always love when I don’t guess the ending and this was one I absolutely did not predict. I really enjoyed the way the story was told over two different timelines and the characters felt well developed. This is a tense, gripping novel from Ruth Ware and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. If you’re looking for something that will keep you turning pages long into the night, this one is not to be missed.

Book Review: The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware

Book Review: The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware

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Release Date: August 6th 2019
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 343
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: I was gifted a copy of this at Christmas
Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Review

Copy of book cover (19)Ruth Ware is an author I’ve always wanted to read but hadn’t gotten around to picking up. The Turn of the Key caught my eye because it sounded so creepy and I had heard so many people raving about it. I ended up completely devouring this chilling book and I am definitely going to be picking up more from Ruth Ware.

The story follows a young woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote home in the Scottish Highlands. Her employers are architects and their home is a smart home, with all aspects of life made easier by technology. The job seems perfect – intuitive home, beautiful location and an excellent salary. But when Rowan finds out that a string of nannies have left the role very suddenly, suspicions begin to be raised and Rowan quickly finds herself in the midst of a nightmare.

I loved everything about this book. It starts off with Rowan in the present day, recounting her story. Right from that very first chapter I was absolutely hooked and I got completely sucked into this story. Rowan was a brilliant protagonist and I was glued to the story that was unfolding. She makes for the perfect unreliable narrator and I was always questioning what was going on around her. The characters in this story are well created and fleshed out. The story is well paced, with the story becoming more and more fast paced as the tension continues to climb.

The Turn of the Key is full of twists and turns and had more than a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. It has a really brilliant sense of atmosphere, there were so many moments that sent a shiver up my spine. If you’re looking for one of those Gothic reads that will have you reading way past bedtime then this is definitely one to pick up. This has made me eager to try more from Ruth Ware and I can’t wait to check out some of her other books.
4 Stars