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The IT Girl by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Scout Press, Simon & Schuster Audio on July 12, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 13 hours
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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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.
I have to tell you I was worried for Hannah from the start. She’s pregnant and all the stress isn’t good for her, plus she is digging into the past and bringing up things other people want to be finished. It’s not she’s TSTL but she pushes it. She lets her emotions take her dangerous places when she needs to be working in her head, because she is naive but very smart.
When the convicted killer dies, there are reporters and others who come forward to ask questions because he always claimed his innocence. He was creepy and did some questionable things but was he a murderer? Hannah keeps talking to people and learning more about that time. She misses April and cared about her. But she continues to learn more and more about April and why some people didn’t like her and how she might have ended up dead.
As usual for this author, it’s a twisty journey and emotional journey as you root for characters and their totally natural responses to good and bad situations. It’s great because not everyone is all good or all bad. Which makes it harder to know what’s true and what’s deflection or outright lies. It’s another winning read to boggle the mind and drag my heart around.
I’ve enjoyed this narrator before so I was happy to have her narration again. I ‘m not knowledgeable about different inflections and dialects but the voices felt authentic. I thought the male and female voices were comfortable. We are mostly in Hannah’s point of view so that was a fit as well. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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