The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @vintagebooks #NetGalley #BookReview #MysteryThriller #Crime



— From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


The Death of Mrs Westaway



Hal is a struggling young women trying to make ends meet after her mum had died in a hit and run accident, only leaving her with the opportunity to continue making a living from tarot card readings on the pier. She had fallen into debt, with no option other than borrowing from a money leader with no hope of ever repaying the loan because of ridiculously high interest rates. So when she receives a letter telling her that she has been named as a benefactor in her grandmother’s will, a grandmother so knew nothing about, then she decides that it must be a mistake but one that she must grab with both hands. Perhaps there could be enough money to clear this debt once and for all!

This is my first Ruth Ware novel and it was fabulous. I liked Hal straight away, independent and compassionate. As she dealt with the general public through her work, I thought that she would hold her own pretty well with her new relatives, that she had been summoned to meet up with at the departed Mrs. Westaway’s house. Well house I say loosely as it was more a mansion, albeit run down and need of substantial repair. Hal was to meet her uncles and extended family who welcomed her with open arms convinced she was the daughter of their sister that ran away years before. The housekeeper, Mrs Warren, was another matter entirely, she came with a warning to Hal!

This story moves from one of mystery to one of a more sinister and deadly nature as secrets from the past are woken up as Hal begins to delve into family history.  A proper whodunit and who could do it again mystery. A brilliant dark and compelling read!

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. 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.


Twitter: @RuthWareWriter


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