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Review: The IT Girl

The IT GirlThe IT Girl
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781982155261, July 2022, 432pp.

The Short of It:

Everyone knows an “IT” girl.

The Rest of It:

You know who she is. She’s the one everyone gravitates towards. She is a little unhinged but doesn’t care. She might annoy you but life without her would be grim. April is this girl and when Hannah meets her at Oxford, she knows that they will be more than roomies. What she doesn’t know is that April will weave her way into a very close circle of friends and then show up dead. Murdered.

The night of April’s murder, Hannah watched someone exiting the stairwell and her testimony is what led to the suspect’s prison sentence. But now the suspect has died in prison and Hannah begins to question his innocence. The entire time he has claimed to be innocent. Could she have gotten it wrong and sent an innocent man to prison?

Ten years has passed since that horrible night but Hannah cannot get it out of her mind. Now, married to one of her classmates and expecting her first child, she becomes a little obsessed with finding out the truth. Against her husband’s wishes, she returns to the scene of the crime to see if anything stands out to her. What she thought was an open and shut case becomes something much more complicated.

I’ve been cautious about picking up every Ware book that comes out because they were beginning to feel a little formulaic but The IT Girl was just what I wanted. It keeps you guessing, the pace is good and if you like to read for entertainment then this will check all the boxes for you.

Recommend.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: One of the Girls

One of the Girls
One of the Girls
By Lucy Clarke
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780593422649, June 2022, 432pp.

The Short of It:

Impossible to put down!

The Rest of It:

This book has it all. A beautiful Greece setting, characters you care about. a quick, dramatic pace, and it will keep you guessing. A group of friends take off on a “hen” weekend, a bachelorette party to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming wedding but everyone on this trip has a secret she is keeping and at the top of the story you know someone ends up dead so from the very first page I was pulled in.

Clarke tells a really good story. There are some surprises and many twists but that gorgeous Greece setting takes center stage. With each page, you are right there with them. At the villa, on the boat, soaking up the sun and enjoying they many drinks that a gathering such as this one has readily available. Clarke slowly peels back the many layers and reveals all of their insecurities and worries and doubt. Do you ever really know your friends?

If you haven’t read One of the Girls yet, you should. It was excellent and got me out of my slump.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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