April is that girl - that creature who seems to shine, who seems to have her act together, and who gathers a group of friends. Hannah Jones is April's roommate at Oxford and soon a best friend. First term and a whole group - Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily - enter April's orbit. Life is exhilarating for Hannah.
By the end of the year, April is dead.
Ruth Ware's The It Girl is another superb spine tingling murder mystery. Chapters are written in Before and After. The before explores Oxford school life for the whole group - the loves, the parties, the energy of school. The After has Hannah and Will expecting their first child. The person convicted of killing April has died in prison. However, a reporter appears with some new revelations and chats with Hannah to review her story since she was the last person to see April.
In the before, you read with your eyes ready to say, "A-ha, so that's what happened and how."
In the after, you learn along with Hannah about some deeper motives, some things that are easier to understand in hindsight.
Ruth Ware writes quite a page turner and you'll be drawn into The It Girl.