The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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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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ehbooklover Jun 15, 2018

I love Ruth Ware's books and this one is no exception! A creepy old house, an interesting cast of characters, plus lots of red herrings made for an ultra-atmospheric, locked room-style mystery that I couldn't put down.

Jun 12, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much. The characters felt real and I was captivated by the plot. The story is about a young woman named Hal who recently lost her mother and is struggling to meet ends. She works at the waterfront with tarot cards but it doesn't pay enough and she's deep in debt with a loan shark collector who keeps on upping the interest rate. Hal receives a letter out of the blue that says she is named in a will for an inheritance. Hal thinks it is a mistake even if the person has the same last name as her. However, she decides to pull off her biggest "scam" by claiming the identity of the person in the letter by going as "Harriet" Westaway. Things start to become strange as Hal meets the family and there are unexpected twists as she digs deeper into the Westaway family. I won't say what they are so I don't spoil the book for you! I personally think it's one of Author Ruth Ware's best works. I liked "The Woman in Cabin 10" a lot too. Both of them are wonderful suspense thriller books to read; go and read them if you haven't yet!

MegH_OshLib Jun 04, 2018

For me, each Ruth Ware book has been better than the last. The atmosphere of this one blew the rest completely out of the water. The setting of the house on the estate feels victorian and gothic, and the story will immediately have you questioning everyone and making up a bunch of theories until it's resolved.

debwalker May 24, 2018

Follows a woman with cold-reading skills trying to claim an erroneously attributed inheritance


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