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The Death of Mrs. Westaway
The Death of Mrs Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781501156212
ISBN-10: 1501156217
Publication Date: 5/29/2018
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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eadieburke avatar reviewed The Death of Mrs. Westaway on + 1447 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I have read all of Ruth Ware's books and this is the best of her books yet. I found it to be a creepy page-turner with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. I liked the idea of the tarot card readings throughout with gave the book a mystical feeling. I found the characters well-developed and believable. I would highly recommend to those who like psychological thrillers. Looking forward to her next book!
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maura853 avatar reviewed The Death of Mrs. Westaway on + 495 more book reviews
It's ok. Ruth Ware's seems to all follow the same playbook: slightly implausible situations, unnecessary lies, characters who fluctuate wildly between taking crazy risks (the DON'T GO UP IN THE DARK ATTIC!!!! kind of risks) and being unwilling to say boo to a goose ... Remove those things, and you have no novel!

However ... it was fun. Once again, like Ware's "The Woman in Cabin 10" the fun seemed to tail off toward the end, as the Alert Reader's suspicions about what was going on were pretty well confirmed, and everything else began to feel like padding. I liked the use of the tarot cards, as a prop for main character Hal, and a way to focus her "reading" of the other characters' personalities and motivations. The tarot is a wonderful source of imagery and metaphor, and Ware uses it pretty well. I thought Ware took a risk with her references to "Rebecca" (The Big Spooky Old House that is the central to the Late Mrs. Westaway's contentious will is located near Penzance, so the whole novel has various hints and winks to "Rebecca.")

It just reminded me that Rebecca isn't just in another league from this -- it's on a whole different planet ...
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One of the best books I have read recently. Lots of twists and turns all the way to the ending.

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