The It Girl

- Ruth Ware

Goodreads Book Blurb:

April Coutts-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 second, 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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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

average:
3/5
Considering the title, The It Girl has very little to do with April. Of course, it’s all about solving her murder, but we only get a very narrow glimpse into her life. There are no earth-shattering secrets or hidden truths – April seems to be exactly as she appears, leaving the narrative feeling shallow.

I know this is supposed to be twisty and full of dark academia vibes, but it’s primarily spoiled rich kids and lacklustre red herrings. Everyone is supposed to be a suspect when really, Ware focuses on the scholarship kids, the staff, and anyone without money. Because they worked so hard to get there and have the most to lose, they must have… committed murder? Yeah, the second you stop to think about it, nothing makes sense, and the whole thing falls apart.

There are a few good moments, but overall I found The It Girl to be pretty average.

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