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Ruth Ware - Author

About the Author

Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in East Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in north London. Married, with two small children, she has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. Her debut thriller, In a Dark, Dark Wood was a Sunday Times and New York Times Top Twenty bestseller and has been optioned by Reese Witherspoon.

Featured books by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, not after what they did. It's time for the women to get their story straight...

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The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

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 into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake - either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer...

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The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2016

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 into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer - and she is the sole witness...

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Other books by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' SHARI LAPENA, author of The Couple Next Door `So clever and original . . . Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist' ERIN KELLY, author of He Said/She Said I know you don't know me but you have to help me. I didn't kill anyone. 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. She knows she's made mistakes. But she's not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is... 'Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down' JP DELANEY, author of The Girl Before '[Ruth Ware is] an adroit practitioner in the art of psychological suspense . . . Thoughtful and provocative' i newspaper 'A superior slice of ghostly suspense' Sarra Manning Red Online Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel. Praise for Ruth Ware: `Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty...I devoured it' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House `Dark and dramatic...part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window `One of the best thriller writers around' Independent `Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train' The Sun `Dark, unsettling, brilliant' HEAT `Deliciously dark and spooky' Sunday Mirror

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' SHARI LAPENA, author of The Couple Next Door `So clever and original . . . Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist' ERIN KELLY, author of He Said/She Said I know you don't know me but you have to help me. I didn't kill anyone. 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. She knows she's made mistakes. But she's not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is... 'Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down' JP DELANEY, author of The Girl Before '[Ruth Ware is] an adroit practitioner in the art of psychological suspense . . . Thoughtful and provocative' i newspaper 'A superior slice of ghostly suspense' Sarra Manning Red Online Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel. Praise for Ruth Ware: `Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty...I devoured it' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House `Dark and dramatic...part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window `One of the best thriller writers around' Independent `Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train' The Sun `Dark, unsettling, brilliant' HEAT `Deliciously dark and spooky' Sunday Mirror

The Death of Mrs Westaway

The Death of Mrs Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW 'If you're an Agatha Christie fan then you'll love this eerie new offering from mega-author Ruth Ware... Dark, unsettling and brilliant.' HEAT '[An] explosive claustrophobic family drama laced with a touch of du Maurier.' WOMAN & HOME When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she's inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast. There's just one problem - Hal's real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she's honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger's funeral and claim a bequest they're not entitled to, it's her. Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life... The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ruth Ware Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

A weekend away deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in this suspenseful and compulsive debut psychological thriller.Sometimes the only thing to fear...is yourself. Leonora (Lee to some, Nora to others) is a reclusive writer, but when an old friend unexpectedly invites her to a weekend away in an eerie glass house, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But a haunting realization creeps in to the party: they are not alone in the woods. Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not ';what happened?' but ';what have I done?' she tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. In order to uncover secrets and reveal motives, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she'd rather leave buried where they belong: in the past. In the vein of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this gripping thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Woman in Cabin 10

Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

From New York Times bestselling author of the ';twisty-mystery' (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Warethis time, set at sea.In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant, but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the desk, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted forand so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong... With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Lying Game

Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware, Imogen Church Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

From the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wooda novel about the slipperiness of truth and the price of friendships.';I need you.' Three small words that change everything. Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. Why else would Kate summon her and their two friends Thea and Fatima to the seaside town where they briefly attended school together seventeen years ago? The four friends first met at Salten House boarding school, where they quickly bonded over The Lying Game, a risky contest that involved tricking fellow boarders and faculty with their lies. But the game had consequences, and the girls were eventually expelled after Kate's dad, their beloved art teacher, mysteriously disappeared. Forever bound by their lies but needing to forget their past, they went their separate waysKate remaining in Salten while the other three left to start new lives in and around London. Now reunited, Isa, Kate, Thea, and Fatima discover that their past lies had far-reaching effects and criminal implications that threaten them all. In order to protect their reputations, and their friendship, they must uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago. Atmospheric, twisty, with just the right amount of chill, The Lying Game will have readers at the edge of their seats, not knowing who can be trusted in this tangled web of lies.

Death of Mrs. Westaway

Death of Mrs. Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware, Imogen Church Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

Nearly three million copies of Ruth Ware's books sold worldwide. The highly anticipated fourth novel from Ruth Ware, the Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of the In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game.Harriet Westawaybetter known as Halmakes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesn't believe in the power of her trade. On a day that begins like any other, she receives a mysterious and unexpected letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong personbut she also knows that she can use her cold-reading skills to potentially claim the money. Hal attends the funeral of the deceased and meets the family...but it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and that the inheritance is at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Death of Mrs Westaway

Death of Mrs Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she's inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast. There's just one problem - Hal's real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she's honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger's funeral and claim a bequest they're not entitled to, it's her. Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life...The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10.'The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

The Death of Mrs Westaway

The Death of Mrs Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER `Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty...I devoured it' LOUISE CANDLISH, bestselling author of OUR HOUSE The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' A. J. FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW 'If you're an Agatha Christie fan then you'll love this eerie new offering from mega-author Ruth Ware... Dark, unsettling and brilliant.' HEAT '[An] explosive claustrophobic family drama laced with a touch of du Maurier.' WOMAN & HOME When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she's inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. There's just one problem - Hal's real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. Hal desperately needs the cash and makes a choice that will change her life for ever. She knows that her skills as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. But once Hal embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life... The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10.

The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2018

'To read [The Lying Game] is to have your nerves slowly but inexorably shredded as, over and again, the tension builds and then evaporates until the final, unexpected denouement' Metro 'A gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot, and a plot that turns like the tide.' ERIN KELLY bestselling author of HE SAID SHE SAID 'Thank goodness for Ruth Ware...[The Lying Game is] gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting' Independent Four friends. One promise. But someone isn't telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware. The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It's just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, not after what they did. It's time for the women to get their story straight...

The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

The twisting new thriller from international sensation Ruth Ware, author of Sunday Times bestsellers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 `Another heart-stopping belter of a thriller from an epic talent' Heat The text message arrives in the small hours of the morning: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach. The friends' darkest secret is about to come to light... `I could not put this book down' REESE WITHERSPOON `Atmospheric, mysterious, gripping' MARIAN KEYES Now available for pre-order: Ruth Ware's brand new psychological thriller, The Death of Mrs Westaway. Coming June 2018.

Lying Game

Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of the pulse-quickening (Good Housekeeping, UK) In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Wares highly anticipated third novel, featuring her signature verve and energy (Library Journal).On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isas dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stickand to her horror, she discovers its not a stick at allbut a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels. Tackling the slipperiness of your memories, the relativity of truth, and the danger of obsessive friendships, The Lying Game is a gripping mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in an unputdownable thriller.

The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

'To read [The Lying Game] is to have your nerves slowly but inexorably shredded as, over and again, the tension builds and then evaporates until the final, unexpected denouement' Metro 'A gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot, and a plot that turns like the tide.' ERIN KELLY bestselling author of HE SAID SHE SAID 'Thank goodness for Ruth Ware...[The Lying Game is] gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting' Independent Four friends. One promise. But someone isn't telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware. The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It's just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, not after what they did. It's time for the women to get their story straight...

Lying Game

Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church.How much can you trust your friends....The text message is just 3 words: I need you.Isa Leigh drops everything, packs up her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten where she and her 3 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: in work, in alcohol, in family, faith and routine. 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 Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick In A Dark, Dark Wood comes Ruth Ware's next compulsive page-turner 'A rollicking page-turner that reads like Agatha Christie got together with Paula Hawkins to crowdsource a really fun thriller' Stylist This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse. 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 into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake - either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer...

The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

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 into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake - either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer...

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