Zero Days (Hardcover)
July 2023 Indie Next List
“Zero Days is an absolute nail biter. An innocent woman is accused of her husband’s murder and has no choice but to go on the run. It’s a new direction for Ruth Ware and it totally works. I was quite literally gripping the book the entire time.”
— Samantha Ladwig, Imprint Bookstore, Port Townsend, WA
The New York Times bestselling “new Agatha Christie” (Air Mail) Ruth Ware returns with this adrenaline-fueled thriller that combines Mr. and Mrs. Smith with The Fugitive about a woman in a race against time to clear her name and find her husband’s murderer.
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 suspect—her.
Suddenly on the run and quickly running out of options, Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the real killer in this unputdownable and heart-pounding mystery from an author whose “propulsive prose keeps readers on the hook and refuses to let anyone off until all has been revealed” (Shelf Awareness).
About the Author
Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail (Toronto) bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; The Death of Mrs. Westaway; The Turn of the Key; One by One; The It Girl; and Zero Days. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
“This is Ruth Ware like you’ve never read her before. A pulse-pounding opening launches you into a cat and mouse game of deadly intrigue that will push Jack Cross, Ware’s new, superb heroine, to her absolute limits. A rocket ride that will satisfy the biggest thriller addicts out there.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci
“Ware's fast-paced fugitive story made me breathless.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] total seat-of-your-pants thriller . . . [C]omparisons to The Fugitive are inevitable, as the plot concerns our canny, resourceful heroine trying to evade capture and clear her name following the shocking murder of her spouse. Top-notch beach book.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
"It’s exciting to watch Jack do what she does best: inveigle her way into places she doesn’t belong, escape at the last moment in panic mixed with exhilaration . . . [Readers] will be rewarded with a satisfying and surprising denouement." —The Wall Street Journal
“In this novel, tech is front and center . . . There's plenty of excitement—chases, break-ins, shady bitcoin deals, an impending medical emergency . . . and Ware is always a master of setting and atmosphere . . . Lots of adrenaline-driven action.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Ware's latest thriller will not disappoint, different as it is from some of her earlier books . . . The action and tension are relentless from the opening to the conclusion, which will astonish, but certainly not dismay, readers, who will be captivated by this very original and very real protagonist. It has been said that in Ruth Ware’s books the pages just turn themselves. She has been heralded as ‘the new Agatha Christie’ for good reason.” —Booklist (Starred Review)
"From its resourceful, resilient protagonist to its seamlessly constructed, au courant plot, everything about Ware’s newest novel is guaranteed to keep her fans up way past their bedtimes."—The Library Journal (Starred Review)
“A superb suspense writer . . . Brava, Ruth Ware.” —Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post
“Diabolically clever.” —Riley Sager, author of FINAL GIRLS
“Ruth Ware—one of our favorite thriller writers—is bringing down the house . . .” —theSkimm
“Ruth Ware proves she’s the true heir to Wilkie Collins. Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down." —JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL BEFORE
“Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist.” —Erin Kelly, bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
“A superb suspense writer . . . Ware is a master at signaling the presence of evil at the most mundane moments. . . .” —Washington Post Book World
“The definition of ‘unputdownable’…” —Refinery29