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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – Book Review

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for (drum roll please)…  Happy pub day to Ruth Ware!

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

First things first, I need to be straight forward…I was not a fan of The Lying Game.  Like, at all.  So going into The Death of Mrs. Westaway, I wanted, nay I needed, redemption for Ruth Ware, the author that has had me reeling and foregoing social plans because the need to solve the mystery took precedent.  Well fellow bookworms, I’m happy to report that this was exactly what I hoped!

To be entirely honest, I was hooked from the moment that I started. My personal recommendation is that you should clear your schedule when you begin because you will absolutely want to read it as quickly as possible.  Even when life got in the way (stupid work and school…always ruining my binge reads), I found my mind drifting back to the story, analyzing the characters actions and potential motives.

One of Ruth Ware’s strong points is her ability to immerse you in the setting of her book.  You could almost feel the cold and the rain from the moment Hal arrived with Mrs. Westaway’s family, coupled with the dread and tension felt by Hal herself.  She nailed the characterization for an elite family, enraged at the possibility of losing access to their inheritance.

I will say the story was occasionally repetitive and somewhat predictable (but that could be because I read more than anyone’s fair share of suspense/thrillers and tend to guess the twist very early on), but even if I figured out the “what,” I was still guessing on the “how” and “why.”

If you’re looking for your next creepy, suspenseful, and very atmospheric read, get your hands on a copy of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, on sale today!  Thank you so much to Gallery and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy!  It’s truly a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts and opinions.





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