The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
Scout Press – May 29, 2018
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 centre of it.
MY REVIEW ★★★★★
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.
A mystery that is both spooky and suspenseful. A great book for fans of suspenseful mysteries with a gothic feel. Dark, atmospheric, and intriguing.
I won a copy of this book on a Goodreads Giveaway.