The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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 i...

Details The Death of Mrs. Westaway

TitleThe Death of Mrs. Westaway
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherScout Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook

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...
  • Miranda Reads
    2018-11-02 it just me or are all these Ruth Ware novels starting to sound the same? Anybody up for a game of BINGO? Blog | Instagram | Twitter
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "Centered around slow building suspense and tension you could cut with a knife, gothic thriller THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY is Ms. Ware's most ambitious and entertaining novel to date."All hail Queen Ruth Ware! It's no secret that lady authors have been taking over the psychological thriller scene in the past decade (GiRl PoWeR), but there are a handful that seem to come to the forefront when planning out what we want to read over the summer month...
  • 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...
  • Meredith
    NEVER BELIEVE YOUR OWN LIES. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a cleverly crafted atmospheric mystery fueled by deceit. Since I was not a fan of The Lying Game, I was hesitant to read this, but I am so glad I did! Struggling tarot card reader, Hal, aka Harriet Westaway, finds herself in a moral quandary when she receives a letter naming her as a beneficiary in her grandmother’s will. She believes a mistake has been made as her grandparents die...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    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 - Traveling Sister :)
    ***STILL MY FAVORITE RUTH WARE NOVEL***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...
  • 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...
  • j e w e l s
    FIVE STARSSo, here's the thing. You can't really compare Ruth Ware to any contemporary writers. The pure "old-fashioned-ness" of her writing style is so refreshing that it comes across as modern. Weird, huh? You gotta go way back to find Ware's influences. Yep, that's Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith. These fantastic female authors constructed some of the best psychological suspense novels ever written, but they aren't qu...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    One for sorrow. Two for Joy. Three [stars] for Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs. Westaway!!! Harriet (Hal) Westaway grew up with a loving mother in a tiny flat, until every child's worst nightmare comes to fruition. In one fateful moment, Hal loses her mother and the only security and family she has ever known. Having spent the last few years adjusting to such a life altering change, she has settled into living day-to-day working as a tarot card read...
  • megs_bookrack
    **3.5-stars rounded up**The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a twisted tale of long-buried secrets and deceptions. Set at a decrepit old estate property where the coldness gets under your skin. I enjoyed the setting most of all. I went into this hoping for a solid gothic atmosphere that would pull me into the story and that's exactly what I got.Our main character, Harriet 'Hal' Westaway, is a young woman down on her luck since the unfortunate hit-and-ru...
  • Melanie
    “Seven for a secret, never to be told.” This was my first Ruth Ware book, but sadly it wasn’t a hit with me. But looking at my friend’s reviews, I do think I might be in the minority with my feelings. I will say that the atmosphere was eerie and perfect. I will also say that the writing and prose was beautiful. But I’m not someone who reads a lot of thrillers or mysteries, but even I could see all the reveals in this one coming a mile ...
  • Julie
    The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware is a Gallery Scout publication. When Harriet- aka- Hal, receives a mysterious letter informing her that she’s been named in her grandmothers will, and stands to receive a substantial sum of money, she knows immediately a mistake has been made. But, her Tarot Card Booth is not getting the bills paid and her creditors are breathing down her neck, some of which have become threatening. Facing a moral dilemma...
  • Kylie D
    I love Ruth Ware's books, and I found this one to be her best yet. It sees Hal, a young tarot card reader, summoned to the country as her grandmother had died. The only thing is Hal's grandparents had died many years before. However, as she is in debt and wondering where her next months rent money is coming from, she goes, with the idea of swindling the family. Yet as she gets to know the family she feels guilt ridden, and even though something s...
  • 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.
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    2.5 stars! Ruth Ware in my opinion has the absolute best sinister, gothic, and enticing covers ever! They have always grabbed my attention and gave me that feeling that I just HAD to read the book. It is just too bad that my excitement didn’t follow through to the end of this story though. THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by RUTH WARE is a slow-building, dark, atmospheric, and gothic mystery that had me somewhat engaged, entertained, and interested e...
  • Book of Secrets
    ★ This is my 500th review posted on Goodreads! ★ First, I want to point out that stunning Gothic book cover: bleak foggy weather, black iron gate, and menacing magpies looming overhead... It fits this dark, atmospheric tale perfectly! Harriet Westaway, who goes by Hal, ekes out a living as a tarot card reader on the pier in Brighton. Hal is alone in the world, and life is a struggle, especially during the off-season when clients are scarce.Th...
  • Lucy Langford
    Debating between 3-4 stars.Get out- if you know what's good for you. While you still can...This book follows the story of Hal; She has no family, she lives alone in a decaying flat, she makes her money by tarot reading during the day, she's mainly broke and she owes a lot of money to some loan sharks. When Hal receives a mysterious letter addressed to her- a letter concerning an inheritance- she is keen to find out more. She realises the letter w...
  • JanB
    4.5 stars, rounded up. Read with the Traveling Friends group, this made for a fun discussion as we tried to piece together the clues and solve the mystery.And what a twisty, fantastic story it was! An old crumbling estate, a malevolent housekeeper, a dysfunctional family, long-held family secrets, missing people…. all elements that I love in a tale that oozes a menacing gothic atmosphere.The story opens with 21-year-old Hal, who was left all al...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    5 stars! The chilling and eerie atmosphere in this novel was like a character of its own! It didn’t take long for me to feel completely immersed in this haunting tale. The damp and dark weather. The old, crumbling mansion. The family full of lies and long hidden secrets. This is my kind of book! I have read every one of Ruth Ware’s novels and this is by far, my favourite! This book revolves around twenty-one year old Harriet Westaway “Hal...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Q:“It seems . . . well, it seems as if Mrs. Westaway did know what she was doing when she drafted that will.” (c) Well, she most definitely did. Some very convoluted bloodlines and twists and fate doing a lot more than could have been expected. A lovely novel.Q: As I sit here in the drawing room, writing this, I can feel it—my secret—burning me up from the inside with a joy so fierce that I think it must sometimes be visible through my...
  • Holly B
    Not my favorite Although there were many things I liked about this one, it did not live up to my expectations. I just loved Woman in Cabin 10, but didn't really enjoy  The Lying Game. I'll try to explain why this fell flat for me.I thought the premise was mysterious and intriguing - a letter about an inheritance that was sent to the wrong person ( I was imagining all kinds of sinister scenarios).  The mystery turned into a messed-up family ...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    One Group / Two different Coulees Norma and I started off lost in a coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters. By the time we finished this story we ended up in different coulees with how we felt about this story. Norma and I were left in the our heads are spinning barren coulee with 2 sisters, while three sisters were left sleepy from staying up all night and dancing in the garden lush coulee. Ruth Ware does a great job of creating an engaging a...
  • Brandice
    I don’t read a lot of mystery books but the premise of The Death of Mrs. Westaway really intrigued me.Hal, a struggling tarot card reader who is in financial trouble, receives a mysterious letter describing an inheritance she is owed from a distant relative, her grandmother, Mrs. Westaway. It seems too good to be true and she knows it’s likely a mistake, but Hal is desperate and curious, so she makes the trip to see what this is all about. Up...
  • 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...
  • Sumit RK
    One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret Never to be told. The opening lines of the story are enough to pull you right in the story & The Death of Mrs. Westaway does just that. The cryptic verse & the novel’s opening set on a dark and stormy night sets the tone for the rest of the book and makes you want to read right till the end. Hal is an orphan, living on her meagre i...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Ruth Ware delivers again and this might be her best book to date! 🖤This is going to be a very biased review because I love all of this author’s books. Hal (or Harriet) is a tarot-card reader who receives a letter bequeathing her an inheritance. She knows she is not the person the letter is addressed to but she could definitely benefit from claiming this money.Soon, Hal heads to the address on the letter and what she finds and who she meets i...
  • Linda
    "Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot Cards. I got a full house and four people died." (Steven Wright)It's all in the cards......or is it?Harriet "Hal" Westaway settles into her small booth on the pier in Brighton. She palms the Tarot cards across the table for another customer. Truth be told, Hal eyes each individual for clues into their current situations. The future doesn't always come easy and the cards often set up in contras...
  • Fran
    On a cold stormy day, inadequately dressed for the weather, Harriet "Hal" Westaway stood at the gravesite of Hester Westaway at St. Piran's Church. Having received a mysterious letter from solicitor Robert Treswick, Hal as the "assumed granddaughter" of the deceased needed to pay her respects as well as claim her bequest. After the funeral service, the Westaways traveled to Trepassen, the family estate in the English countryside of Cornwall. The ...