The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Large Print - 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 decease 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: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432851279
1432851276
Branch Call Number: F WARE
Characteristics: 593 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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SPL_Brittany Aug 13, 2018

Family secrets? check. Atmospheric? check. Looking for a suspense and mystery? check. check.

A compelling read set in Cornwall, featuring young Hal (Harriet), who has recieved a mysterious letter about a large inheritance. She travels to Trepassen, a crumbling estate in Cornwall, and attends the deceased's funeral. While there, she realizes that something is very very wrong.

This is by far my favourite of Ruth Ware's novels. It reads as a modern Gothic tale with dual narratives told throughout. Fans of Daphne du Maurier, Kate Morton and Sarah Maine are sure to enjoy this novel.

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magoo24
Aug 12, 2018

Excellent mystery set in Cornwell and sometime in Brighton UK

Really a quick read

Not till the last few pages do you know the full story.

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brangwinn
Aug 05, 2018

You’ll think of the book REBECCA when you meet the housekeeper in the book which revolves around the death of an old lady. The surprise comes at the funeral when Mrs. Westway’s three sons discover their mother left the estate to an unknown granddaughter, the child of a daughter who had disappeared. Of course, there’s a lot more to the story including having to discover who is the mother of the granddaughter.

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herbel
Jul 31, 2018

Borrowed this on a one week restriction so gather this author is amazingly popular, though I had never heard of her. Rather wordy and predictable. Author doesn't allow the reader to think or work things out. I knew right away who-dunnit, as she paints characters clearly black and white and you know they are going to turn out exact opposites.
I imagine this would appeal to an older readership. The "heroine" is so mousey and apologetic saying "sorry" every five minutes and acting in old fashioned subservient ways women her age wouldn't dream of copying today.
I found myself skipping long passages and trying to get to the point. If you liked Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca (I did when I was young) and those in the same ilk you'll love this. I enjoyed the Tarot background as an interesting addition but that seemed to fizzle out at the end. A very easy read and probably ideal for a lazy sunny day when you have nothing else to do.

Lovestoread5 Jul 29, 2018

It was pretty good, a little slow at times, and I had to skip through a bunch on retelling the same things over and over. I kinda guessed the ending, but, all in all, not bad.

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rochellemc9110
Jul 20, 2018

Absolutely Ruth Ware’s best book so far. Even her author picture looks better! I loved the main character and the setting.

ArapahoeSummer Jul 20, 2018

Ruth Ware's latest novel delivers impending storms and locked doors alongside chilling family secrets. I'm a sucker for a gothic mystery. I loved it!

ArapahoeLesley Jul 19, 2018

Not my favorite of Ware's but if you are looking for slow burn mysteries she's a reliable place to turn. This one had an extra extra slow burn, maybe too slow for me but I certainly still liked it.

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ReadThatOne
Jul 13, 2018

I wanted so badly to love this book. What's not to like about a gothic story that includes tarot cards? The problem for me was that this book wanted to be kind of V.C. Andrew's/Agatha Christie/YA novel mixed with a bit of Dr. Seuss's "Are You My M̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ Father?". We listen to the protagonist's hangups about what she's getting herself into for FAR too long. Should I, shouldn't I, should I, shouldn't I? I guess I'm just not a big fan of Ruth Ware. Her characters are flat and unmemorable, the plot devices are contrived, and as readers, we are asked to accept one far-fetched thing after another. On top of it, the ending was contrived. The cover art doesn't disappoint though.

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laphampeak
Jul 10, 2018

The ultimate dysfunctional family with mystery, intrigue, and deception all surrounding the death of the family matriarch and her will that bequeaths the estate to her supposed granddaughter. The story only gradually unfolds the truth to the twists and turns to a complete end.

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