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As usual, Ruth Ware never misses! The It Girl has a refreshing, dark-academia themed narrative to it, while still feeling like Ware’s voice and thrills we’ve all come to love. Hannah Jones is an excellent final girl, whose love for her best friend April–murdered during their first year at Oxford–has never waivered in the ten years since losing her. And when the possibility of April’s murderer still being out there arises, she is determined to uncover the real truth. That real truth will be staring back at you through these pages, but you will be unable to take off your rose-colored glasses until it’s much, much too late. An absolute hit, I finished it in less than 48 hours! — Kirstin Swartz
July 2022 Indie Next List
“This is the perfect summer read, it grabs you from the first few pages and engrosses you in its murder mystery. Problems and worries slip away as you delve deeper and deeper into the story. Isn’t that what we all need from time to time?”
— BJ Hegedus, Postalworks Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
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 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.
"The Agatha Christie of our generation" (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times
bestselling author) proves once again that she is "as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime" (The Washington Post
) with this propulsive murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.