The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Psychological Thriller
# of Pages: 384
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: May 29th, 2018
Buy: Amazon | Chapters 




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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.


I’m going to be honest here. I own all of Ruth Ware’s books but this is the first one I’ve actually read! The beginning was a little slow for me and I started to get worried that I wouldn’t be able to get through this one. It was the eeriness that kept me going and I’m so happy I did. This book is the definition of a psychological thriller.

I loved how the setting and atmosphere played such an essential role in the story. It gave the book a certain edge. It had an old-school mystery kind of feel but in the modern world. The descriptions Ware uses to explain the setting form a clear picture in the readers mind.

Each character in this book left a lasting impression. The characters each have such definitive traits and flaws and it was interesting to see how that unfolded throughout the book. I found that the main character Harriet (Hal) had a true honesty to her. She was witty and humorous at times which made her a great narrator. I really enjoyed the flashback sections of the book, it added to the mystery of whether Hal was truly connected to this family or not.

This book kept me guessing until the very end. Around the half-way point is when I became fully invested. So if you’re like me and worried about how slow it starts-stick with it! I promise it gets good!

4 Star

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