The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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...

Details The Death of Mrs. Westaway

TitleThe Death of Mrs. Westaway
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

Reviews The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • Emily May
    There was a lock on the door. Two, in fact. They were long, thick bolts, top and bottom.But they were on the outside. This book was so creepy. In a great way. I'm really glad I finally broke down and read a Ruth Ware book.My sister is a huge Ruth Ware fan so I, of course, in true sibling fashion, had to decide I hated her on principal and avoid all her previous books. Okay, I'm joking, but that dirty wench spoiled most of the endings to the other...
  • Paromjit
    Ruth Ware writes an eerie, atmospheric and dark twisted murder mystery in the style of the golden age of crime classics with elements of the gothic. 21 year old Harriet 'Hal' Westaway lost her mother in a hit and run car accident, and took up the mantle of becoming a tarot reader at the Brighton Pier. Alone in the world, she is in dire financial straits, owing money to unscrupulous loan sharks, and facing a bleak and unpromising future. Out of th...
  • Dennis
    First and foremost, I'm happy to say that RUTH WARE IS BACK! I've been a fan of Ruth Ware since Day 1. In a Dark, Dark Wood was such a good debut light-mystery novel and The Woman in Cabin 10 was one of my favorite mystery novels of all time. After my disappointment with The Lying Game, I still was hopeful for The Death of Mrs. Westaway . Ruth Ware went back to her roots with The Death of Mrs. Westaway and created a robust, multifaceted, and f...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    (3.5) The gothic ambience in the Trespassen house was perfect for all the family secrets.You'll spend the whole book trying to figure if/how the main character is related to everyone and who's lying!A great read! I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Mackenzie
    This book had me completely hooked from page one! I have to give this 5 glowing stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for Ruth Ware—who if I’m being honest never disappoints me! This book was positively haunting!!! It was spooky yet meaningful, with lovely prose and compelling plot twists. I cannot recommend it enough!I finished this book last night. It was one of those books that I stayed up late on a work night to finish, because I was so invested in ...
  • Dorie
    After “The Lying Game” which was a little disappointing to me, I was thoroughly thrilled and engrossed in this new book. Ms. Ware has again written a twisty, dark, atmospheric thriller, this time throwing family, inheritance and sibling rivalry into the brew.Hal Westaway is still reeling from the death of her mother three months previously. She had to forgo her plans to attend college in order to take up her mother’s tarot reading kiosk on ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Family secrets, fortune telling and intrigue set at a gothic mansion - the set up was perfect. From the beginning, Hal receives a letter telling her about the inheritance she is entitled to, confused as she has no family, but scared because she has gotten herself into debt with some shady characters, she pursues the letter. Immediately, something is off - but what exactly is it? The mystery unfolds in such an intriguing way, I was instantly hooke...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Find my full review here: THIS. BOOK!! I’m a huge fan of Ruth Ware’s work, and this was most definitely my favorite book of hers yet. It’s a brilliant plot with tinges of gothic suspense & a quasi-locked room mystery. Love, love, love!!!
  • Tucker
    3.5 stars.The cover of “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” is perfect to draw the reader into Ruth Ware’s new book. The gothic sense of creepiness from the cover is further enhanced by the evocative descriptions of the crumbling old mansion Mrs. Westaway lived in. And then there are the characters - what brilliantly conceived characters!Hal, who believes she has no living relatives receives a letter informing her that she has received a bequeath f...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 You guys, I am so torn about my feelings! I liked The Death of Mrs. Westaway a whole lot more than The Lying Game, but I didn't love it like I loved The Woman in Cabin 10. It was a bit repetitive (like describing how one man is doughy around the middle constantly), and Hal, the main character, said sorry so much that it started driving me crazy. However, The Death of Mrs. Westaway did make me laugh out loud more than once, and I ...
  • Emma
    This is one of those books that relies on conversations not had, coincidences, misunderstandings or misexplainations, and a serious dose of people seemingly deliberately taking the least likely option necessitated by the evidence. If, while reading, I have to whisper 'are you serious?' to myself repeatedly as I follow the main character's journey, it is not a good thing. The author seems to have thought out a story then said to herself, how can I...
  • Tammy
    Make no mistake, Mrs. Westaway does die but mistakes are made. Harriet (Hal) Westaway, a tarot card reader on the pier in Brighton, is seriously strapped for cash. Hal receives a letter indicating that, as the granddaughter of Mrs. Westaway, she is a beneficiary of her will. But, there has to be a mistake. Hal never knew Mrs. Westaway and her deceased mother’s name is not the name cited in the letter. She decides to commit fraud and attend the ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the first Ruth Ware book that I have read. The gothic elements of the book appealed to me (and the magnificent cover), and I was not disappointed. The book is full of dark and twisty story lines and a mysterious and creepy family home, and I thoroughly enjoyed following Hal’s progression as she attempts to uncover the sinister goings-on at the Westaway family home. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a clever, highly atm...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Ruth Ware is back with her third novel, “The Death of Mrs. Westaway”. In this novel, Harriet (Hal) is struggling to make ends meet after the tragic and unexpected death of her mother. Hal is making her meagre living as a fortune teller, following in her mother’s footsteps even though she does not believe in what she pr...
  • Zoe
    Ominous, atmospheric, and darkly mysterious!Full review to follow shortly closer to publication.
  • Steven
    Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.I finally understand why they are calling Ruth Ware the "Agatha Christie" of our day. I've previously only read one of her three published books (this one will make four total), that being The Woman in Cabin 10. It had a Christie vibe to it, but I wouldn't have called it particularly reminiscent of her besides the locked room feelin...
  • Nico Tangorra
    First and foremost, #blessed to have been given permission to read this advance copy by NetGalley. Such great friends.Okay. We finally have Ruth Ware's new book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway and WOW GUYS! I loved it so freaking much! After The Lying Game which I considered to be a huge flop, Ruth Ware has resealed her place in my heart with this one.Here we have the character of Hal Westaway, who is your classic Millennial -- dirt broke, neck-deep ...
  • Paula Sealey
    An excellent mystery thriller with an entertaining plot full of family secrets and a deliciously eerie gothic setting. Young Hal's mother recently passed away, and since then, Hal has been struggling to make ends meet. Her job as a tarot card reader on Brighton Pier brings in a little money, but not enough to keep the loan sharks from the door. When she receives a letter informing her of an inheritance left by her grandmother, Mrs Westaway, she i...
  • Chris Carroll
    So good! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~A wonderful, yet creepy tale of family and the secrets that can be buried and hidden from those you love. This was an engrossing read and one to check out!Ruth Ware has a great reputation in the literary world but I have not had the chance to pick up one of her books. So I was highly anticipating this book and hoped that she would not let me down. Happily, I can say it was exactly what I was looking for in a good mystery sto...
  • Laura Rash
    Whew!!!! I just gobbled this up like candy in a matter of a few hours! It’s THAT good! I’ve been a fan of all of RW books but those that have said this is the best are absolutely right! A very dark & thrilling mystery that has you plowing thru, pulling your hair, repeatedly asking “what the hell is going on?”. And then suddenly it all falls into place & makes perfect screwed up sense! Bloody brilliant!
  • KC
    21 yr old Hal Westaway struggles to make ends meet, reading Tarot cards on the boardwalk of a coastal England community when a letter arrives in the mail that may solve all of her financial woes. It appears that her grandmother has bequeathed Hal a substantial inheritance but there is one huge snag, Hal knows nothing of her family and the one person that would have all the answers is deceased. Three years earlier, her mother tragically died in a ...
  • Olga - The Book Squad
    Having read several books by Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is my favorite!! I truly enjoyed this book; it's filled with haunting family secrets, intrigue and action. FIVE STARS ALL DAY!!After her mother's death, Hal is down on her luck with a loan shark on her tail. Having no family around she has no one to turn to for any kind of support, financial or otherwise. Reading tarot cards is just not paying the bills. One day she receives a let...
  • Heidi
    Stop Press! Lovers of character-driven, atmospheric thrillers with a spooky setting, listen up! You’d better put May and June on your calendars, because this is when Ruth Ware’s latest book The Death of Mrs Westaway will be released, and it’s a pearler! Ever since reading The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game, Ware has been firmly embedded on my favourite authors list, and I was doing a little happy dance around my house when I received ...
  • Marc Bougharios
    I've been waiting to read this book since December and have been following all updates that Ware has made on the book such as the title of the book and the cover. So when NetGalley approved my request imagine how happy I was. I've always been a fan of Ruth Ware. Every time someone asks me to recommend a good thriller I always tell them to read The Woman in Cabin 10, which is one of my favorite books. It's no secret that Ware knows how to write an...
  • Robin
    Wow, that was terrific and I expect it to be the book of the summer. Update 5-3-18: 4.5 starsBroke and trying to stay out of the clutches of a loan shark, Harriett (“Hal”) works as a tarot card reader in Brighton, England, but hope arrives when she receives a letter from a solicitor informing her of an inheritance from her dead grandmother. Hal is sure it’s a mistake but is desperate so uses her last dime to travel to the Westaway family ho...
  • Piepie
    I love the creepy cover on this one, and the distinct Gothic feeling that I had while reading this... a spine-tingling read with all the chills!I really loved the affectionate relationship Hal had with her mother - all the memories - how she thought of her fondly, heard her voice in her head, and how she tried to remember all that she had taught her. I felt "all the feels" as I read about this 20-something losing her parent.This book kept me gues...
  • Emily
    **Review coming soon - I loved this book!**