The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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Nearly three million copies of Ruth Ware's books sold worldwide.

The highly anticipated fourth novel from Ruth Ware, The Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of the In a Dark, Dark Wood , The Woman in Cabin 10 , and The Lying Game.

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.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon and Schuster, ©2018.
Edition: Simon and Schuster Canada edition.
ISBN: 9781501151842
9781501151835
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,24 cm

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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.


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ZoeDennison
Oct 12, 2018

Author has improved in plot and characterization, but still needs to work on adding a little complexity. The plot is as you expect, not such a bad thing if the writing and characters make up for it, and here that is sometimes the case and sometimes not.

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PatsyBurke
Oct 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! I'm not sure why others didn't. I usually have a hard time getting through a book without getting a little bored along the way, but I never felt that with this one. I couldn't put it down, and thought it was great. I sort of figured out the ending ahead of time, but maybe that's from reading too many mysteries.

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Adw555
Oct 05, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fans of Ruth Ware, you will not be disappointed with this book.

Harriet Westaway (Hal for short) is nothing short of cursed. Her mother died in a hit and run accident leaving her all alone; a high school dropout who barely makes enough money reading tarot cards at the local pier to pay for the heat in her tiny attic flat. Bills and debts are adding up quickly and Hal has no idea where she’ll find the money to pay for them. So when she receives a letter in the mail explaining that she has been named as a beneficiary in a long lost relative’s will, she ignores her conscience and decides to take a chance that might just get her ahead for once in her life.

The more she gets to know the Westaway family, however, the guiltier Hal feels for lying about who she is. But is she really lying? What happened in this family’s home all those years ago? Could there be more to the story than Hal knows?

Pros: Great story line and Hal is a sympathetic character that you quickly grow to care about. The setting is very atmospheric, and the supporting cast also sets the scene for an untrustworthy sort of novel.

Cons: The story didn’t flow quite as well as I had hoped.

Worth a read...

4 stars

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LindaChesnut
Sep 29, 2018

I gave this book a -5 it went on forever and was not going anywhere! Did not like this book and felt like she wrote it just to be writing!

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namiha
Sep 22, 2018

Creepy and twisty with a remote mansion, mysterious housekeeper and lots of secrets to reveal. Ruth Ware's best yet.

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Debbr2
Sep 19, 2018

I did not enjoy reading "The woman in cabin 10" but decided to give her one more chance and I'm glad I did.

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lpreston214
Sep 19, 2018

Another good thriller by Ware. I did not think this one was as good as Lying Game but better than Woman in Cabin 10. Unfortunately, for this book, the “mystery” is very easy to solve and I found myself impatient with the protagonist to “catch up”. The whole Tarot card aspect felt like just filler and I skipped over some of that. Still, the resolution of the story was a little more full-bodied as Hal found out not only what happened to her mother but found a family in the process.

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ronchervy
Sep 18, 2018

Loved the story, but just couldn't adjust to the name 'Hal' for a woman.

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jarenas
Sep 14, 2018

much better than her book "Woman in Cabin 10" much better.

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DELVEVD
Sep 04, 2018

Just loved this book, great story telling, interesting characters and twists and turns galore, loved this tale...another good read from Ruth Ware! Excellent! You wont be disappointed when reading her books, also read the Lying Game, that is excellent too!

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