The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2018.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501156212
Branch Call Number: F WARE
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 08, 2018

One star. Give it a pass! The main character was weak and the writing is trite and predictable. Is this woman my mother? No, this one. No wait -- I was right the first time! Similarly named characters and poor definition added to the confusion but perhaps I just didn't care about any of these people. There are so many better books to read...

Nov 06, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much. I found the book very-well-structured, with all the plot points laid on very solid foundations. Um, yes, I did solve part of the mystery before the end, but not all of it, and I was still engaged right up until the end. I felt respected as a reader.

It's the first Ruth Ware book I've read, so perhaps I will find, after further reading, that the flavour of the book is a bit of a trope for her, but I'm glad to have found an author who writes one-off's instead of a series, and I'm going to read more.

Nov 06, 2018

I enjoy Ruth Ware. This does not deviate much from her three previous reads. Single young female, alone in the world decides to be vulnerable and exposure herself to a new / different situation. Nonetheless, this was entertaining, if not at times predictable. Ware continues to excel at the "who-dun-it" Agatha style of narrative. Can't wait to see how she continues to develop as an author. (I personally liked this one more than Lying Games, but still not as thrilling as In a Dark, Dark Wood).

Nov 03, 2018

Plenty of intrigue, but the story definitely moved slowly at times. Overall though, I enjoyed this for what it was!

Oct 28, 2018

I enjoyed Ware's previous books, and this one was good, too...but I was hoping for more of a boom-kapow kind of novel this time. I was extra excited by the prospect of reading contemporary gothic fiction, but it fell flat for me. There were way too many characters, many of which are introduced in the second of the book, at a point where the plot should be rolling downhill and the existing characters established and well on their way to being well-rounded.

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.

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.

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

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!

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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