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).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A grieving wife races against the clock to find her husband’s killer in this pulse-pounding cyberthriller. Jacintha “Jack” Cross is a highly skilled penetration specialist who, with the help of her hacker husband, Gabe, breaks into businesses to test their security. After one job goes horribly wrong, an exhausted Jack returns home to find Gabe slouched over his computer with his throat cut—and all the evidence pointing to her. Mystery superstar Ruth Ware sinks her claws in from the brilliantly intense opening sequence. Kinetic and breathless, Zero Days follows the heartbroken Jack as she rushes through the streets of London attempting to elude police and clear her name. Each elaborate escape and stunning new reveal increases the overwhelming sense of paranoia and tension. With its fast-paced action and well-constructed mystery, this is a perfect summer thriller.
This too-familiar thriller from Ware (The It Girl) centers on a woman devastated by her husband's murder and her emergence as the primary suspect. Married couple Jacintha Cross and Gabriel Medway operate Crossways Security, a London firm that stress-tests security systems. After an unsuccessful assignment, Jacintha returns home to find Gabriel's throat cut. Traumatized, she doesn't call the police immediately, which pegs her as a person of interest. The situation becomes even worse when the widow gets an email informing her that Gabriel recently insured his own life for a million pounds and named her his beneficiary. Jacintha, who harbors hard feelings about the police after enduring an abusive relationship with a cop, goes on the run while trying to identify who's behind the killing and why. Lackluster characterization and a shortage of surprises mar the cookie-cutter proceedings. Admirers of the author's typically fresh takes on thriller staples will hope for a return to form next time.
I saw that this book got a few bad reviews and I didn’t feel it deserved it. It was fast paced and well written. I loved the main character and my heart broke for her but I ended the book feeling hopeful for her. Worth the read for sure!!!!
This book was just okay. Not great, not bad, just a little boring. But I haven’t found a great mystery to read in some time.
Frankly I didn’t know your work but decided to take a chance after reading a preview. Glad I did.
The story and writing pace are phenomenal. The scene descriptions and what Jack was seeing and feeling, came alive to me.
I look forward to reading you again.