The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware

Publisher: Scout Press

Publish Date: May 29, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 5/5

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


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 a “captivating and eerie page-turner” (The Wall Street Journal) from the Agatha Christie of our time.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Hal is down on her luck. She’s behind on bills, and in serious need of some cash to catch up on her debts. When she receives a letter stating she is to receive an inheritance from her deceased grandmother, she realizes this may be the answer she to her problems. The only glitch, her grandparents are long deceased and she was mistakenly sent the letter. Since Hal is a tarot card reader, she figures she can use her people reading skills to claim the inheritance and get a little money to pay off her debts. Hal takes a chance and travels to the funeral, where she soon realizes that something is not quite right with the home and family of the deceased Mrs. Westaway.

I have read and enjoyed Ruth Ware’s previous novels (In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game), but The Death of Mrs.Westaway is now my favorite of her books. Ware’s writing tends to be more of a slow-burn, and she has nailed it in this latest novel.

The Death of Mrs.Westaway is a psychological thriller that is both spooky and suspenseful. A great book for fans of suspenseful mysteries with a gothic feel. Dark, atmospheric, and intriguing.

Books by Ruth Ware:
  1. In a Dark, Dark Wood
  2. The Woman in Cabin 10
  3. The Lying Game
  4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway
  5. The Turn of the Key
  6. One by One
  7. The It Girl
  8. Zero Days
  9. One Perfect Couple

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