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  • By: Ruth Ware
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  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
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The It Girl

By: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
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Summary

THE RICHARD & JUDY PICK

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 . . .

©2022 Ruth Ware (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic reviews

'An absolute belter. Could not put it down! I thought I knew who the killer was. Then I was CERTAIN it was another person! Then DEFINITELY another! Great characterisation, glamorous setting, all round FABALISS!' Marian Keyes

'A cracking read – and that ending!' Shari Lapena

'Every Ruth Ware novel is a unique and unexpected gem and this one is no exception. A heady, tense, slowburn dream of a book, multi-layered and steeped in atmosphere and peril. I loved every page' Lisa Jewell

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Enjoyable (although quite long)

I do like Ruth Ware’s writing, creativity and that her books are all different. But this one was a 4star for me as it seemed unnecessarily drawn out in parts (I'm sure it could have been 4 hours shorter). However, the book does keep the reader/listener engaged, but more could have happened in the body of the book rather than only at the end.
I notice a few comments regarding the narration. I do like Imogen Church – she is the master at creating a suspenseful atmosphere – but I found the pace a little slow this time (had to listen at 1.2).
Other than that, it’s certainly worth a credit (or purchasing the book).

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The story is good, the narration is not

Narration really ruined this whole thing to the point where you get annoyed with characters because of how the narrator portrays them.
Weird echo for half of it, very audible swallowing throughout, the accents are not good.
If you want to know this story, buy the book.

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Always enjoy a Ruth Ware thriller & this is excellent.
Absolutely love Imogen Church’s performance & narration!

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Another great read

Yet again, another great read from Ruth Ware. This one tugged my heart a little more.

Great performance from narrator too. A firm favourite for me.

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Recommended read

I listened to the audiobook of this novel. The narration was good but extremely slow, I had to speed it up quite a bit to make it tolerable to listen to.

The story is told from the point of view of Hannah, alternating between the present day, and her time at University in Oxford ten years earlier. Hannah’s best friend at uni was the wealthy and beautiful April. April is murdered by the “Pelham Strangler” and a porter from the university is convicted of her murder, thanks to Hannah’s testimony. He protests his innocence until his death in prison. Hannah is contacted by a writer who thinks the porter was wrongly convicted. Has Hannah made a mistake?

The story held my interest, even though I didn’t warm to any of the characters or find them relatable. Something about Hannah really grated on me and it felt like her pregnancy was mentioned in every other sentence which I found irritating.

I had a few theories of who the murderer could be, April wasn’t well liked by everyone and certainly made a few enemies. Fortunately, there was enough of a twist to keep me guessing, and I wasn’t proved right.

For the latter part of the book, I thought Hannah was being a total numpty and couldn’t believe it took her so long to work out what was going on!

Overall, I did enjoy the story and would give it a solid 3 stars. The irritating protagonist and constant mentions of her pregnancy wore thin for me. I also thought the story was a little long and could have got away with being slightly shorter.

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Well paced thriller

I liked every moment of this story, the Oxford College background, the importance of friendship . Even the betrayal of it. I felt the reading to be sometimes a bit irritating, though.

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Great storytelling and writing

This is the first book I have listened to by this author and will not be the last
Thoroughly enjoyed
Well written which kept me engaged so much so it was an all nighter !

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Kept me hooked

I kept thinking I had solved it but it took a turn again. brilliant

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a guessing game to the end

another brilliant book by Ruth ware i would usually be able to guess the killer but was surprised by who it was brilliant loved the book a must read

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Read, rather than listen to this book

Great book, terrible narration - Narrator reads the book so sloowwwwwwwly it’s painful. Big gaps between words and emphasis in all theeee wrong places. Characters acted by narrator makes them seem more whiny that they should be. Emphasis a problem throughout. Also a bit of an echo at times. To improve the narration, it’s better played at 1.5 speed.
Despite the awful narration it’s a pretty good book, but better read than listened to

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