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The Death of Mrs Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Gallery/Scout Press

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 29 May 2018


If I was only allowed a one word response to The Death of Mrs Westaway it would simply be “wow”. The novel is engrossing, quickly drawing the dealer into Hal’s world. But while the novel initially looks like it will be a psychological thriller focused on Hal’s deception, it becomes something far different and far more complex as it becomes clear that nothing Mrs Westaway has done is without purpose and that Hal does have a link to the family. Many are the secrets hidden in the past of the decaying Westaway home, and finding the truth may be more dangerous for Hal than she expects.

The Death of Mrs Westaway is compelling. I simply could not stop reading. By alternating excerpts from Hal’s mother’s past with Hal’s present, the reader gets tantalizing clues that are just beyond Hal’s reach. You need to know what parts of the past Hal discovers. You want justice to be done. The Death of Mrs Westaway is an amazing psychological thriller. If you enjoy well composed, realistic and emotionally involving mysteries you will definitely enjoy this novel.

5 / 5

I received a copy of The Death of Mrs Westaway from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.

— Crittermom


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.

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