The It Girl

by Ruth Ware is the latest thriller from the masterful Ware, in which a group of university friends revisits the long-ago murder of one of their fellow students. April Clarke-Cliveden was the eponymous “it girl” --rich, beautiful, and popular, and her murder while she was a student at Oxford University sent shockwaves through the community and the media. Hannah Jones, her roommate, and best friend gave evidence to convict John Neville, a college porter, of strangling April. But, it’s now 10 years later, Neville is dead, and a journalist contacts Hannah with evidence to suggest that her friend’s killer was innocent. Hannah’s guilt drives her to revisit April’s murder and reconnect with old friends to find the true killer. This is a dark academic mystery that explores the ways in which memory can play tricks on the mind.