Death of Mrs. Westaway, The

Ruth Ware
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.


Reviewed: 2020-10-06

This was my first time ever reading a Ruth Ware book. The story overall, I liked. I wasn't a big fan of the author's prose and I did find four grammatical errors/typos along the way. Maybe it is because I'm not too well versed with Ruth Ware's writing but I don't get why this book had such a big hype. While I did enjoy it and I would recommend it to somebody looking for a good mystery, I don't think it was spectacular. There is nothing paranormal about this plot line and of course you know going into it that there is a secret (or secrets) that the main family in the book doesn't want anyone to find out about. The clues were too easily figured out way before the forty percent mark but maybe it is because I've seen too many mystery/thriller movies and read too many mystery/thriller books. While I did figure out the mystery in this plotline, I still couldn't figure out the "why?" portion of it. What was the motive of the villain (or villains) behind their actions? And when the ending finally came, still no answers were given as to the motive behind the why. The book does have a conclusion and comes to an end like all good books do but in my opinion, I don't feel like everything fully wrapped up with all of the answers that I was looking for. I am willing to try another Ruth Ware book and I'm happy to finally have read a book by her.

Reviewed: 2020-07-14
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Reviewed: 2019-02-20

I liked the first Ruth Ware book I bought, so I bought a few more and found them enjoyable.  They are quick, easy reads. 

I was able to figure out one of the big mysteries in this book fairly early on, but I didn't figure out the second one, which was a good surprise.

Ms. Ware spends enough time on character development, that primary characters actions and the story's ending are believable (I find it frustrating when there are big leaps in a character's behavior in order to justify an action/outcome and this book didn't do that, which is one of the reason I liked it). 

I would recommend to anyone looking for a quick, easy read.

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