The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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 On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance...

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Title:The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author:Ruth Ware
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1501156217
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Death of Mrs. Westaway Reviews

  • JanB
    Aug 13, 2018
    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...
  • Marialyce
    Jun 06, 2018
    4.5 fascinating Gothic stars You 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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Aug 16, 2018
    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 ...
  • Book of Secrets
    Jun 03, 2018
    ? 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...
  • Emily May
    Apr 04, 2018
    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 t...
  • Julie
    Jul 20, 2018
    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 ma...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Aug 01, 2018
    This is my favorite of Ruth Ware's books so far and I can't find anything that truly felt lacking for me. One event felt unfulfilling, but that's the way of red herrings sometimes. One event I felt could be more tense, but there was plenty of tension elsewhere. I would have liked a sho...
  • Linda
    Jul 30, 2018
    "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 ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 wi...
  • Fran
    Jun 19, 2018
    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 r...
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    Jun 06, 2018
    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 spectac...
  • Dorie  ** Traveling Sister**
    Mar 20, 2018
    *****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 b...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    Jun 20, 2018
    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 ...
  • Emma
    Mar 21, 2018
    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?'...
  • Meredith
    May 11, 2018
    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, find...
  • Brandice
    Jun 24, 2018
    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....
  • Sumit RK
    Aug 17, 2018
    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 ...
  • Paromjit
    Apr 30, 2018
    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 th...
  • Tucker
    May 05, 2018
    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...
  • Holly  B
    Jun 12, 2018
    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 int...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Jun 13, 2018
    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 t...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    May 09, 2018
    "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...
  • Tammy
    Apr 10, 2018
    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...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Aug 09, 2018
    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 ...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    Mar 26, 2018
    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...
  • Pauline
    Jun 02, 2018
    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 ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    May 07, 2018
    (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 excha...
  • Dennis
    Apr 02, 2018
    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...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    Jun 08, 2018
    FIVE STARS So, 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 Mau...
  • Lucy Langford
    Jul 27, 2018
    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 mo...