Ruth Ware Books in Order (The It Girl, One by One, The Lying Game)

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All of Ruth Ware’s Books in Order!

Who is Ruth Ware?

Born in 1977, Ruth Ware is the pseudonym for Ruth Warburton, a British psychological crime thriller author. She grew up in Lewes and studied English at Manchester University. Before becoming a writer, Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a publicist, and an English teacher in Paris.

She published her first books under the name Ruth Warburton, which were young adult fantasy novels. She launched her career as a crime thriller author as Ruth Ware with In a Dark, Dark Wood, published in 2015. She quickly became a best-selling author, her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages.

Ruth lives near Brighton with her family

How to read Ruth Ware’s Books in Order?

    1. In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015)
    2. The Woman in Cabin 10 (2016)
    3. The Lying Game (2017)
    4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway (2018)
    5. The Turn of the Key (2019)
    6. One by One (2020)
    7. The It Girl (2022)
    8. Zero Days (2023)

For more information about Ruth Ware’s novels, you’ll find below the official synopsis for all the books:

In a Dark, Dark Wood – When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

The Woman in Cabin 10 – This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. Except things don’t go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that her sleep problems might be driving her mad, or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…

Ruth Ware Books in Order

The Lying Game – The text message is just three words: I need you. Isa Leigh drops everything, packs up her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten, where she and her three best friends attended prestigious boarding school Salten House. Only Kate still lives in the area, at the crumbling Tide Mill she inherited when her disgraced art tutor father vanished when she was just 17. Each of the women is running from something, from an act that has haunted them for many years but which they have tried their best to bury. At school together, the girls used to play a game – the lying game – in which they competed to tell the most outrageous stories to fool tourists. But for some, did the boundaries between fact and fantasy become too blurred? And how much can you trust one another?

The Death of Mrs. Westaway – On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person-but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

The Turn of the Key – When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

One by One – When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech start-up, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. And a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit. As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

Ruth Ware Books in Order

The It Girl – Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, April Clarke-Cliveden 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.

Zero Days – Hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband Gabe are the best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their only suspect – her. On the run and out of options, Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the truth.

She also wrote Snowflakes (2020), part of the Hush Collection for Amazon — a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers

Young adult fantasy novels written as Ruth Warburton

The Winter Trilogy

A Witch in Winter (2013) – Anna Winterson doesn’t know she’s a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her.

A Witch in Love (2013) – Anna still finds it hard to believe that Seth loves her and has vowed to suppress her powers, no matter what. But magic – like love – is uncontrollable and soon, Anna is being hunted. Abe wants Anna to embrace her power, while Seth is pushing Anna to accept that his feelings are real.

A Witch Alone (2013) – Where do you go when your heart has been ripped out? For Anna there is only one answer; into her past, where the truth about her mother, her power, and her real identity lie hidden. But as Anna delves deeper into her history, she begins to fear that the truth about what set her mother running may be darker than she ever suspected.

Witch Finder and Winter Trilogy Series - Ruth Warburton Books
5 Books Collection Set

The Witch Finder Series

Witch Finder (2014) – London, 1880, and eighteen-year-old Luke Lexton is about to endure his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum – the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches, and the organisation that will help Luke take revenge on the witch who murdered his parents.

Witch Hunt (2014) – Eighteen-year-old Witch Hunter Luke Lexton has failed his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum – the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches. Instead of killing the witch he picked from the Book of Witches, he has committed the worst possible crime: he has fallen for her.

What should you read if you like Ruth Ware’s novels?

If you like reading Ruth Ware’s stories, you may be interested in Elly Griffiths or Lisa Jewell.

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