Ruth Ware's Best Mystery Novels, Ranked According to Goodreads

Ruth Ware's Best Mystery Novels, Ranked According to Goodreads ...

Ruth Ware is an internationally well-known author who has started her seven crime thrillers from Brighton, United Kingdom, which take place across many different landscapes.

Ware's novels are page turners as they flash from past and present as the reader seeks to unravel the mystery alongside each main character in your personal library. Here's how they rank among Goodreads reviewers.

'The Lying Game' (2017)

The Lying Game, Ware's third novel, is rated 3.54 stars, and follows a group of four women who reunite when one sends the one message they never intended to receive, "I need you." near the English Channel. During their time at boarding school, Fatima, Thea, Isabel, and Kate played the "lied game," but never each other. The game escalated during their final year when the girls were expelled due to the mysterious death of Kate's father.

The Lying Game receives 147,290 ratings and 12,183 reviews, indicating that readers enjoyed Ware's descriptive prose and imagery of the chilly wind, water, and decrepit jetty. This is what some reviewers attribute to the novel's slow burn.

'In a Dark, Dark Wood' (2015)

In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ware's first novel, received 3.772 stars out of 5 no surprise for Nora when Clare's hen party invitation arrives. As Nora arrives for the wedding's weekend away in a remote cottage, she realizes that things are not as they appear, the past catching up to Nora.

With 287,148 ratings and 22,736 reviews, Ware's first novel jolts readers from the beginning to the present, and everything in between, requiring them to piece together the events of Clare's hen party. It's a fast read through 308 pages of narrative, as the pacing pushes through each page.

'One by One' (2020)

With 3.73 out of 5, Ware's sixth novel is a solitary thriller that barely outperforms In a Dark, Dark Wood. During a company retreat designed to foster mindfulness and collaboration, nine coworkers are ensnubbed in, each person re-enacting the other's motives in search of survival.

One By One appealed to all readers, including those new to Ware's literary style, with 132,695 ratings and 14,624 reviews. Ware's modern twist and fresh twist on a traditional mystery formula were critical of the book, which still ranks high among Ware's catalog.

'The Woman in Cabin 10' (2016)

The Woman in Cabin 10, a third novel in Ware's written library, consists of travel journalist Lo who is unable to function due to a traumatic break-in. Lo is caught in a murder mystery no one believes, and she swears she saw a woman thrown overboard from her cabin next to her.

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a pleasant, enticing read for all who appreciate Ware's debut novel, if not better.

'The Death of Mrs. Westaway' (2018)

The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ware's fourth mystery novel, earns a 3.82 out of 5, with all of her standard themes of deception and life-changing decisions. Harriet (Hal) begins the novel after receiving a letter stating she's received a life-changing inheritance from her deceased grandmother. The only problem, her grandparents died decades before.

The Return of The Lying Game has received 143,521 reviews and 15,622 ratings. Raters are divided on Hal's character and her choice to deceive, but overall, they enjoyed the twists.

'The Turn of the Key' (2019)

The Turn of the Key, which ranked just below four stars, is a novel about Ware's take on Henry James's scandal, in which Rowan is caught writing from prison, desperate for this lawyer to believe her version of a sensationalized case. Rowan details the events that took place while she was nannying three young girls at Heatherbrae House in the Scottish Highlands, swearing that she did not murder the little girl as the newspapers and police allege.

The Turn of the Key, a slow start, but quick burn, received a score from 206,569 reviews and 23,777 Goodreads ratings. For those on the other side of the fence about Ware's novel, the plot lacked the intensity and psychological components of her previous works. The ending twist sealed the deal for an excellent read.

'The It Girl' (2022)

Hannah joins Oxford with April, the ultimate "it girl," and Hannah's testimony provides the evidence to put a man away for it a decade later. A journalist knocks on Hannah's door, altering everything, even who may have killed April.

Readers are reacted positively with 10,865 ratings and 1,958 reviews so far on Goodreads. Ware alternates between past and present with her cast of estranged characters. The novel is longer than her previous books and readers have noticed. Time will tell if this will continue to be Ware's highest-rated book.