Do you like thrillers? Ruth Ware books should be on your list

When people ask me what kinds of books I like to read, I have three main answers: family dramas, romance novels that go way beyond romance, and unstoppable thrillers. And every one of Ruth Ware’s novels falls into the latter category. So if you’re not reading the Agatha Christie of our generation, you’re missing out on some of the best thrillers.

Once you’ve read one of Ruth Ware’s books, you’ll want to read them all. But where to start ? Well, that’s up to you.

If you have too many bachelorette parties to do this year

What if you may have committed a murder, but you can’t remember? This is the question Leonora, known to some as Nora and others as Lee, must face in In a dark, gloomy wood. Nora is a detective novelist whose days are very structured: coffee, running, shower, writing, rehearsal. But her routine is put on hold when an old childhood friend invites her to her bachelorette party weekend, known as Hen Party in England, where the book is set. Surprising herself, Nora decides to make the trip to a strange glass house deep in the woods with no internet access or cellphone reception. As the weekend progresses, old rivalries and new relationships come to the surface. The getaway takes a dangerous turn, leaving Nora battered and bruised in a hospital bed. Across two timelines, at the henhouse and the hospital, we see Nora piece together what really happened, leading her to question everything she knows about herself and everyone she knows. always loved.

In a dark dark wood was a moment New York Times bestseller when it was released in 2015. And that’s because it has something for every type of reader. The mystery of what happened during the bachelorette party and Nora’s role in it all is what will draw you in. But the more you read, the more you realize that this book is much more than murder. It’s about a woman trying to figure out who she is both on her own and with other people. It’s about female friendships and all the emotions they evoke, from joy to jealousy to despair. It’s about relationships and how they start and end. It’s a book that will make you wonder if you can really know anyone, even yourself.

If you dream of going on a cruise

Travel journalist Lo Blacklock has been given a dream assignment: to travel the North Sea on the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship the Dawn. Lo can’t believe her luck as she takes in the lavish staterooms, elegant guests and sparkling dinner parties. But Lo’s dream trip quickly turns into a nightmare when she catches the woman in the cabin next to her being thrown overboard. Despite Lo’s alarm, the crew insists that none of the passengers are missing, and the ship continues its journey, a journey that grows increasingly terrifying as Lo tries to figure out what’s going on.

If you’re looking for a really twisty thriller, then The woman in cabin 10 is Ruth Ware’s novel for you. It’s been a few years since I read this one, and I still remember how shocked I was with each new reveal. The fact that Lo, who takes antidepressants and uses alcohol as a coping mechanism, is an unreliable narrator makes each event all the more interesting. This book kept me on the edge of my seat as I constantly wondered who to trust, what to believe, and who to put down roots.

If you can’t get enough teen drama

When a woman’s dog discovers something sinister off the coast of Salten, Kate sends a text to her old boarding school friends that says only, “I need you.” Although this is a text Thea, Fatima and Isa hoped never to receive, they know exactly what it means and all return to Salten for Kate. The four women were infamous for playing the lying game at school, telling lies at every turn to fellow boarders and teachers. Now, as the women try to keep their stories straight, they find that someone knows their biggest lie and has the power to expose them all.

As a fan of both young adult and adult books, I love when books show teenage and adult characters. The liar game is an example of a book that does just that, shifting between the present day when women are in their thirties and their time at boarding school as teenagers. I was fascinated to learn what the girls were getting themselves into and how it affected their relationships later in life. If you still can’t get enough Gossip Girl or fell in love with Euphoria craze, then this is the Ruth Ware novel for you.

If you can’t live with your family and can’t live without them

When Hal, a tarot card reader struggling to make ends meet, receives a letter stating that she is the recipient of an important inheritance, she thinks there must be a mistake. In debt to a loan shark who threatened her with violence, Hal decides to see if she is able to trick the family into giving her the money and travels to Cornwall to meet them. She attends Heather Westaway’s funeral, where she soon realizes that the Westaway family is keeping more secrets than she could have imagined.

Remember when I said I love big family dramas? Whereas The death of Mrs. Westaway is a thriller above anything else, it certainly felt like a family drama too, as the truth about the Westaway family was slowly revealed. Ware does a great job of not only answering the “who” of the mystery, but also explaining why each character acted the way they did. I loved discovering the secrets that the Westaway family hid.

If you used to babysit

Rowan Caine never expected to accept a live-in nanny job. But when she discovers the generous salary, the luxurious smart house and the perfect children, she has no choice but to accept it. What Rowan doesn’t know is that her time as a nanny will end with a dead child and herself in jail awaiting trial for murder.

Thanks to the letters that Rowan writes to his lawyer from prison, we learn what happened during his stay at Heatherbrae House. She talks about the faulty smart home tech that woke the household up with booming music or plunged them into darkness, the shocking behavior of so-called role model children and the truth of her failures to care of the two girls. But she insists she’s not guilty of murder, because someone else is.

As someone who grew up babysitting and worked in a daycare in college, I’m always intrigued by nanny books. Whereas The turn of the key certainly didn’t make me nostalgic for my time with the kids, her description of how being a nanny can go wrong drew me in. I was gripped by the actions of Rowan and the girls and the mysteries of home intelligence. The best of all, The turn of the key had an ending that I will never forget.

If you are looking for a starter culture

Employees of Snoop, a hip London-based tech startup, travel to the French Alps for a week of team building activities. What could go wrong? Well, first, tensions rise when co-founder Eva announces that Snoop has a buyout offer. Second, a team member is not returning from a ski trip. Third, an avalanche traps the group and the two chalet employees without electricity or telephones. And as each hour passes with no sign of rescue, the group shrinks further, one by one.

One by one is the first of Ruth Ware’s books that takes place between colleagues. What I enjoyed most about this novel was its description of startup culture and its analysis of how work fits – and should – fit into our lives. Between the working dynamics, the characters you won’t know if you can trust, and the massive blizzard that only increases the danger, you won’t be able to put One by one down.

If that’s not enough

If you need even more Ruth Ware, don’t worry. Ruth Ware’s latest novel, The It Girl, releases July 12. And the tagline of this book is one of the most interesting to date: Everyone wanted to be her… except the one who wanted her dead. “She” is April Clarke-Cliveden, a close friend Hannah Jones made at Oxford who died at the end of their second term. A decade later, the man convicted of April’s murder has died in prison, and Hannah is relieved to have put the past behind her. But when a young reporter presents new evidence, Hannah realizes that what she believed to be true may not be what happened at all. The It Girl promises to be just as thrilling as any Ruth Ware novel, and I can’t wait to read it.

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