Zero Days Book Review

Zero Days Book Review

Title: Zero Days
Author: Ruth Ware
Published: June 20, 2023, Gallery/Scout Press
No. of Pages: 364
Cover Price: $29.99 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Fans of Ruth Ware (and most of us are), will welcome a standalone novel, Zero Days, about Jack and Gabe, a married couple who have a Penetration testing business, where they find the vulnerabilities in companies to prevent break-ins and data leaks. Gabe, who has the ability to hack into most computer programs directs his wife through a headset while she breaks into the businesses One night, as she returns home from one of these jobs, she finds Gabe at his computer with his throat cut. The police think she did it, and she goes on the run trying to find who would do this to her husband.

Ware is an excellent story teller and inserts plenty of twists and turns into the scenarios where Jack is barely able to stay alive and still stay ahead of the police.

As in her other bestselling books, Ware does an excellent job of developing her characters and they seem real. Unfortunately, the characters in this novel have been reduced to trailer trash because they use so much profanity. Readers want to love their protagonists and want to relate to them; that isn’t possible here because although cheapness is trending in younger people nowadays, it doesn’t make it right or enjoyable for those of us who speak properly and have a vocabulary that doesn’t require us to use profanity to verbalize our thoughts.

Although this novel is exciting, the profanity ruins it. Most fans of Ware will want her to go back to her old style where her prose isn’t offensive and all ages can read the novel. This novel could have been a good one and is not recommended to those who prefer not to read tasteless garbage.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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