Zero Days by Ruth Ware

June 19th, 2023 Kimberly Review 11 Comments

19th Jun

Narrated by Imogen Church, Zero Days by Ruth Ware had me biting my nails and dealing with anxiety as Jackie, “Jack” races against the clock to figure out who murdered her husband Gabe and clear her name. Suspenseful and addictive, Ware will have you listening into the wee hours….

Zero Days by Ruth Ware
Zero Days
by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Suspense Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

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).

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Do you ever experience anxiety when reading or listening to a book? Certain films, tv dramas, and stories do this to me, especially when there is a race against time or, in Jack’s case, being caught by the police all while hiding, breaking and entering. Not to mention zero funds, improver clothes, and endless injuries. Who can you trust? Who is framing you? Eek gads!

I love Ware’s books and love them even more when they are narrated by Imogen Church. Church captures the tension, exhaustion, fear. She truly enhances the story as she brings these characters to life.

Jack has a wonderful life with her husband, Gabe. The two of them own their own business, testing the security of companies. Jack breeches the buildings with Gabe in her ear, guiding her. She steals data and then Gabe analyzes their software for vulnerabilities. After a breech gone wrong, Jack arrives home to find Gabe murdered and from there things go terribly, terribly wrong.

The tale that unfolds was set at a record pace, making it hard to set down. Did I agree with Jack’s decisions? Not necessarily, but the woman is tenacious. While she failed in some aspects upfront, she more than makes up for it as she closes in on who is behind the murder and frame job.

Twists, turns, and chase scenes will have you holding your breath. The “why” was chilling and felt horribly realistic, especially in today’s political and economic climate. Ware did a wonderful job of allowing me to feel Jack’s emotions from her fear to her anger, and I became completely caught up in the story.

Fans of suspense thrillers and heart-pounding action will want to grab Zero Days on audio.

Amazon | Audible

About Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. Her hen night was very tasteful and nobody got murdered.

About Imogen Church

Imogen Church

Imogen Church has worked everywhere, from theatre to film, commercials to cabaret, but her favourite work is in audio, particularly audiobooks, largely so she can eat cake and not bleach her teeth. She has won awards for it and plans to do it to death.

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11 Responses to “Zero Days by Ruth Ware”

  1. Ethan

    Ware is an author who I really desire to read more of. I really dug what she did in Woman in Cabin 10, but haven’t read anything else from her. With each new book and rave review I read for her, I become more eager to read her books. The FOMO is becoming very real!

  2. Katherine

    Oh this looks good! I loved Ware’s first two books but was a little meh about the couple after that and kind of stopped reading them. This sounds amazing and I do love Imogen Church as a narrator. I’m looking forward to reading/listening to them!

  3. Anne - Books of My Heart

    This was suspenseful and I don’t think I would have been as resourceful as Jack. I think I’d have ended up in prison the rest of my life. That’s the horror of it. If she didn’t have her skills, the frame would have worked and she’d be in prison. It’s infuriating and troubling in many ways.