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
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    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 ...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    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...
  • 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...
  • Dorie
    *****NOW AVAILABLE*****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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    Get out- if you know what's good for you.Not a threat, but a warning. And she had understood it too late.well, damn. My second book from Ruth Ware, and I. am. really. impressed.I first read her debut thriller, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and it was....alright. Nothing spectacular. But now, after this????Sign me up for anything Ruth Ware please. While I thought her latest work was a huge stepping stone from her first book, I still had a couple issues wi...
  • Pauline
    The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware was so good that I could no put it down and read it in one day. Hal who is living hand to mouth and has no family receives a letter telling her that her grandmother has died. The lawyer has enclosed the details of the funeral arrangements and the reading of the will. Hal does not believe that the letter has been sent to the right person but decides to go anyway as this may be a way out of her financial situa...
  • Dianne
    Another winner from Ruth Ware. I've read all of her books and think this is my second favorite behind "The Girl in Cabin 10." I really loved the claustrophobic atmosphere of the small cruise ship in that one."Mrs. Westaway" has a ton of gothic English atmosphere. Harriet ("Hal") lives alone in an old Brighton flat that she has lived in since she was a child. She never knew her father and her beloved mother has recently passed away in a car accide...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 fascinating Gothic starsYou can find my reviews here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...This was my first Ruth Ware book. I know, where have I been? .....and boy I was not in the least disappointed. Put together a somewhat mistaken identity, a young girl on the run from a dangerous creditor of the broken teeth, broken bone variety, a strange family, a missing sister, a Gothic mansion, an old, scary, nasty housekeeper, and the death of t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jan
    There were so many 5 stars for this book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it from the library.I think that anticipation might have impacted my feelings for this, as I really wanted to love it, but can only say that I liked it a lot.What I loved:-Ware's ability to 'paint a picture' with her words is fantastic! Dark, gloomy, sinister...even Magpies help paint the perfect backdrop to this story line.-Ware's ability to string this story out for as ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!!!
  • Zoe
    Ominous, atmospheric, and darkly mysterious!The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a gothic, character-driven thriller that takes us into the life of Hal, a young woman recently orphaned and struggling to make ends meet as a tarot reader when she receives an unexpected bequest that will unearth tragic memories, powerful emotions, and long-buried skeletons that will change more than one life forever.The writing is polished and taut. The characterization i...
  • Shannon
    I was very fortunate to receive an ARC of The Death of Mrs. Westaway thanks to @ I had been in a MAJOR book slump but I knew this book was coming and it was all I wanted to read! Of course it came late but it was oh so worth it!I loved it! Hal Westaway, aka Harriet, is a struggling tarot card reader. She took over her mother’s job once her mom passed away. Hal can barely afford rent or other bills that are due. She has scary loan sharks out for...
  • Janelle
    Many thanks to Gallery Books for my free copy of THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware - all opinions are my own.My favorite Ruth Ware novel to date is an extraordinary, atmospheric, slow burning, suspenseful, and haunting mystery that completely consumed me from beginning to end. Think Daphne du Maurier or Agatha Christie with a modern twist!Hal is in her early twenties, alone in the world with no family, a tarot card reader struggling to pay ...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    I love the bleakness in Ware's novels. I love her independent female protagonists, they don't need a man to rely on, or solve their problems, a lot different than the usual damsel in distress. The Death of Mrs Westaway was an exceptionally well-written book. We follow the story of Hal, crushed by her mother's sudden death she's trying to make a living inheriting her Tarot reading business on Brighton pier, until a letter changes her life forever....