🎧 The IT Girl by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @ImogenChurch @ScoutPressBooks @GalleryBooks @SimonAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted July 12, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 24 Comments

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🎧 The IT Girl by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @ImogenChurch @ScoutPressBooks @GalleryBooks @SimonAudio #LoveAudiobooksThe IT Girl by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Scout Press, Simon & Schuster Audio on July 12, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 432
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.

Narration:

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.

Listen to a clip: HERE

About Imogen Church

Born in Scotland and raised in England, Imogen trained as an actress at The Drama Centre London, under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv. Since graduating several moons ago, she has worked extensively in theatre, film, commercials and comedy sketch work and she works regularly as a voice artist; she also spent several years underground enjoying success as a deliciously naughty cabaret artiste, making people laugh and generally being rude.

As a screenwriter, her first screenplay won the 2009 award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles.

About Ruth Ware

uth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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Posted July 12, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 24 Comments


24 responses to “🎧 The IT Girl by Ruth Ware

  1. I preordered this one and got my email that it was delivered this week – and of course my life is chaotic right now so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Maybe when we finish our buddy read. It’s a definite priority for this month as both Ruth Ware and Imogen Church are favorites. Glad you enjoyed it and I’m very curious about Hannah!

    • Hannah almost feels like an unreliable narrator but that’s not what she is. It’s the twisty way Ware builds the characters showing them good and bad and building to the truth. It’s a character-driven psychological thriller and she is well versed in them. I always feel uncomfortable while reading but they are excellent.

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