Book Review: THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware

Title: The Death of Mrs. Westaway 
Author: Ruth Ware 
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: May 29th, 2018 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark WoodThe 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.

It's no secret that I am a sucker for a good suspense read. I love a good thriller/suspense that can keep me on my toes and guessing up until the very end. And that's one thing that I love about Ruth Ware, is that she alway keeps me on the edge of my seat or holding my breath. 

Every time I see she's putting out a new book, I jump on the chance to read and wait to devour. I was so excited to read this one and boy did it not disappoint. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was a brilliant read and kept me captive the whole book. It very much has some gothic undertones, that I loved and made it feel like it was back in the day. Though it is in modern life. 

Hal lives a difficult life. One she works very hard for as a Tarot card reader. When one day she gets a letter saying someone in her family has died and that she has been left a great deal of money, she thinks her life is finally looking up. But she quickly realizes that the letter was meant for someone else and not her at all. Hal can't help but to feel curious though. 

Even though she knows it's a lie and that she could get caught, she goes anyone to meet the "so called family" and to see what she would get. But when she attends the funeral, Hal quickly finds herself in a situation she never thought she would be in. Swept up in a story of lies and decent, Hal isn't prepared for the upturn her life is about to take. 

I was instantly pulled into this book and wasn't released until the very last page. If you're looking for a fun, good, gothic, story...then this is the book for you.

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is the internationally bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and the forthcoming The Lying Game (July 2017). She is married with two small children. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

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