The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Main Characters

  • Harriet Westaway (Hal)
  • Maud Westaway
  • Able Westaway
  • Ezra Westaway
  • Mitzi
  • Mr. Treswick
  • Harding
  • Edward
  • Mrs.Warren

Publisher’s Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling 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 addictive thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Recent Reviews

My Review 3.7/5 Stars

If you’ve read Ruth’s books before you will know that her writing is beautiful. Meaning that she can twist and turn stories as you’ve never read before but the downside is the repentance. Ruth can write one sentence in 10 different ways making the book a slow burn. The first 18 chapters go by slow but with an anxious feeling “when will the other shoe drop?”

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is not a predictable story, it’s intriguing and will make you want to finish it and know the truth if you decide to read the first 18 chapters. The only reason why this book is 3.7 and not a 4/5 is because of the repentance because the few last chapters are ThRiLliNg! The build-up is amazing because of that slow burn. You’ll enjoy the twisted unbelievable end.

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Book Quotes

“Some situations have no simple resolution; all we can do is steer the course that causes the least harm.”

― Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs. Westaway

“however much she tried to tell them otherwise, people liked tarot because it gave them an illusion of control, of forces guiding their lives, a buffer against the senseless randomness of fate”

― Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs. Westaway

“Excitement? Yes. Trepidation too, a good deal of it. But most of all something she hadn’t dared to feel in many years. Hope”

― Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs. Westaway