Thank you to Rachel for inviting me on this blog tour, and to simon&schuster for an ARC of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway.
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…
It’s ten years since Hannah Jones had what was possibly the worst day of her life, a day that had continued to eat away at her. It changed everything she had planned to do. She had found the dead body of her room mate April Clarke-Cliveden. She had also seen the person she believed to be the killer leaving the stairway, it was her evidence that had sentenced John Neville to prison. Now he has died of a heart attack claiming his innocence until the end.
Hannah thought all of this was behind her, the press harassing her, the police interviews, the trial. But now it brings it all back to her. Or most of it as on the night part of her brain had blocked some bits out, and no matter what she tried to could never get them back.
The story is told in alternating chapters of Before and After. So the reader gets to know all about April, Hannah and the group of friends that hung around together. Hannah was so excited to be going to Oxford, to study English, she wasn’t initially overjoyed at sharing accommodation but the two girls had their own bedrooms as well as a lounge area, meaning they could have friends in for drinks. April is attractive, vivacious, comes from money, when she was nice she was very nice but she had a side of her that some didn’t like, she had played some fairly silly pranks on people and some more serious pranks on others. April had been dating Will but she was also sleeping with Ryan and possibly others. Hannah had fancied Will from the first time she had met him. But as he was April’s nothing had happened except for one kiss.
Neville was a porter, and had freaked Hannah out a few times, she had come back to their rooms and he was in there, saying he was dropping off a parcel but that wasn’t really the job of the porters, so what was he really doing there?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this it had me guessing throughout, was Neville innocent as he had claimed? Hannah is now married to Will. She had been contacted by a journalist who wanted to do a podcast on April, he was a friend of Ryan’s. Hannah met him just to see what he had to say, although Will wasn’t happy about it, he felt that everything should be just left now. As things unfold Hannah starts to wonder about whether she had condemned the wrong man to life in prison.
Could it have been any of the others Ryan, Emily, Hugh, Will, as far as Hannah is concerned Hugh was with her so he had a cast iron alibi, Ryan was still in the bar when they left short of running to get to the rooms it would be pushing it, Will was away for the weekend, Emily was in the library.
The death has haunted Hannah for 10 years, she now needs to know for certain that Neville was the murderer. I had a thought on who I thought somewhat later in the book and was really pleased I had actually guessed it, I wasn’t sure how but I just had an inkling of suspicion although you do go through every character wondering if it was them.
This is a great thriller read that will have you hooked, see if you can guess who committed the crime. I loved all of the characters. Despite April at times being a little spiteful I found I felt sorry for her to a certain extent, she came from a wealthy family but I felt she was lonely in her own way. I will admit I was in tears towards the end of this book. Which to me is a good sign of fine writing, although I will admit I do tend to cry at the slightest thing especially at the moment.
This book is one I would highly recommend and it deserves an absolute ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ if you like a whodunnit, then this is for you, engrossing, engaging three dimensional characters. A perfect read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family.
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