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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

  • Title: The Death of Mrs. Westaway
  • Author: Ruth Ware
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  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway By Ruth Ware, 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 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 centre of it Get A Copy Kindle Store 12.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 368 pages Published May 29th 2018 by Scout Press More Details Original Title The Death of Mrs Westaway ISBN 1501156217 ISBN13 9781501156212 Edition Language English Literary Awards Audie Award Nominee for Thriller Suspense 2019 , Choice Award Nominee for Mystery Thriller 2018 Other Editions 49 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Death of Mrs Westaway, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler How did Ezra become the sociopath that kills his baby mama, his sister, his nanny, and goes after his daughter Were there clues I missed hide spoiler 29 likeslike one year ago See all 13 answers Kathryn in FL This book has so many holes, it looks it is like swiss cheese People with common sense should stay away flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler Hal sees the family picture that Harding gives her early on and sees her mother and Maud There are pictures of Maud and the brothers all over the house, as far as I can see, so how does Hal not understand that the woman who brought her up was Maud I seem to have misread or misunderstood this aspect of the story hide spoiler 7 likeslike one year ago See all 12 answers Michelle Hoult This answer contains spoilers view spoiler There aren t pictures all over the house Hal has always assumed the woman who raised her was her biological mother, so when she sees the photo, she There aren t pictures all over the house Hal has always assumed the woman who raised her was her biological mother, so when she sees the photo, she assumes the dark haired one is her mother, Maggie It s only when she looks at the older photos in the album that she realizes Maud is the dark haired one While she asks Abel who the other woman is, she doesn t point to either woman, because at that point, she s still pretending that Maud is her mother The line about Maggie staring at the photographer is because Ezra set up the camera on a timer Abel tells her that when she asks later, but she doesn t believe him, because at that point she is thinking his boyfriend, Edward, is her father and Abel is protecting him less hide spoiler flag See all 69 questions about The Death of Mrs Westaway Lists with This Book Best Books of 2018 1,252 books 2,278 voters 2018 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 536 books 921 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.82 Rating details 69,473 ratings 8,995 reviews All LanguagesDansk 3 Deutsch 2 Eesti 3 English 8718 Espa ol 7 Fran ais 2 Italiano 5 Latvie u valoda 1 Nederlands 16 Polski 2 Portugu s 2 P 1 Suomi 13 Svenska 1 T rk e 1 2 More filters Sort order Apr 04, 2018 Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, arc, mystery thriller 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 others so I have had to bag an arc to be able to read 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 others so I have had to bag an arc to be able to read this spoiler free And I loved it Such a delicious, hard to put down mystery.What s not to love about old dark secrets, even older darker houses, and mysterious family legacies In The Death of Mrs Westaway, Hal reads tarot cards on Brighton pier and struggles daily to pay the bills and find food to keep her going This has been her life since the death of her mother a few years earlier So when she receives a letter bequeathing a large inheritance to her, she decides to accept, even though she knows it must be a mistake.Hal travels down to the English coast and meets her family She is taken to the huge, cold and gloomy Trepassen house a place that holds a thousand secrets within its walls It soon becomes clear to Hal that something is not quite right, that she may indeed have a history entwined with the Westaways, and that someone in Trepassen house is determined to keep the past hidden, whatever it costs.Ware builds up to her reveals so well She had me on a hook the entire time I was reading, pacing the novel just right, gradually pulling back the curtain and years on the mystery She remembers that the whys of mysteries are so much important than the whos because, come on, there s only so many people it can be, right There s just this overwhelming feeling of wrongness that permeates the novel, and it makes for a very compelling read Though this is not a supernatural story, the author plays with your mind just enough to have you questioning your own sense of reality and logic I love the ghostly The Woman in Black vibe, the creepy old housekeeper, and the isolated setting The cards tell you nothing you don t already know It was her mother s voice, steady in her ear They have no power, remember that They can t reveal any secrets or dictate the future All they can do is show you what you already know.I especially love how the tarot aspect plays into everything, showing symbolism in everyday objects such as the four cups on the table As Hal s mother noted, the cards are not magic or psychic, but they do have a way of pointing you in a certain direction, making you notice things you d ignored before It was very effective.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 847 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Nov 02, 2018 Miranda Reads rated it it was ok Shelves audiobook Ehhhh 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 flag 479 likesLike see review View all 96 comments Kim Woah, Imogen Church is awesome She s why I keep listening to each new audiobook Lol, I agree on all of the other points though Aug 29, 2019 03 50PM Coryden McHerron This is sooooooo good Aug 30, 2019 01 55PM May 09, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it Recommended to Chelsea by Simon Schuster Shelves from publisher 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 months Ms Ware has been a highly coveted name in rece 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 months Ms Ware has been a highly coveted name in recent years and for good reason whether you have read her books from the beginning or are just jumping into her scene, you ll note that she writes a gripping novel with memorable characters and breathtaking atmosphere While all of her novels would be shelved clearly under the psych thriller persona, this one shined brightly than the rest, at least in my opinion, due to it s departure into the gothic suspense territory.I m a huge fan of stories where the atmosphere is as formidable a character as the people who are making the action happen The Death Of Mrs Westaway was the perfect example of such a tale, and the oppressive setting ramps up the unsettled feeling in the reader from the very first page I almost felt that this book gave off some serious Agatha Christie vibes, but with a modern flair The slow burning mystery portion of the novel was fantastic it s not so much about the who but the why and the how in this case The unraveling of what s really going on had a very traditionalist feel to it, and I wholly embraced the slight changes in the story that brought us to a climax that was both intense and gripping.Do you like playing detective, perhaps finding clues along the journey of your reading experience Then you ll most certainly LOVE The Death Of Mrs Westaway The devil is in the details, and that phrase couldn t ring true than it does in this particular story I had such a blast trying to solve the mystery in all it s parts and found, while a slow burn through and through, I couldn t put it down due to the story s compulsive nature Dark, unsettling, and full of unexpected twists, Ms Ware has created one of the it stories of 2018 Highly recommended Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. flag 328 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Mar 21, 2018 Emma rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley 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 make this needlessly messy so it looks cleverer 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 make this needlessly messy so it looks cleverer Whole sections are entirely unnecessary and the book doesn t know whether it s trying to be gothic horror, Agatha Christie style whodunnit, or psychological thriller, ending up doing none of them well.Still, it seems to be only me who thinks this way so shrugs shoulders and walks awayC via Netgalley flag 316 likesLike see review View all 89 comments May 11, 2018 Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley 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 died long before she was born Even though she knows 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 died long before she was born Even though she knows that what she is doing is wrong, she is so desperate for money that she decides to travel to the funeral and play the role of the rightful heir Hal travels to eerie Trepassen House, her late grandmother s crumbling estate She thinks that she is only going to inherit some money, but she soon learns that she has been left much At the estate, she meets her uncles and uses her keen observation skills to learn about the creepy family that inhabited Trepassen When Hal realizes that she has a legit family connection to these Westaways, she begins to dig for information which leads her into grave danger.The mystery surrounding Hal s past kept me intrigued, but it was really Hal s character that kept me turning pages Her character is what I loved most about this book Hal has spent most of her life observing vs being the center of attention, which has enabled her to master reading people She can use this skill to deceive, but she has a generous nature At the same time, she is also fighting to survive and must take what she can She is often referred to be as being mousy or weak, but her character exemplifies the notion that those who observe are powerful than those who need to be the center of attention.Trepassen House also plays a large role The thickly woven atmosphere surrounding the house transported me Even though the events take place in the current moment, I felt like I had gone back in time while reading this as it is reminiscent of classic mysteries.The tarot card readings and the constant presence of magpies also contributed to this feeling.This is not a book focused on fast paced action, but rather on slowly unveiling the nuances surrounding the mystery Subtle clues are planted throughout, but all does not come together until the end This is a mystery with many layers I found it to be intriguing, intelligent, and entertaining I was satisfied with how things played out The Death of Mrs Westaway is one of my favorite reads of 2018 I recommend for those who enjoy slow burn classic mysteries I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review flag 262 likesLike see review View all 90 comments Mar 26, 2018 Mackenzie PhDiva Books rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 psychological thrillers, netgalley, suspense 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 the story Hal s dilemma had me completely immersed in the book I th 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 the story Hal s dilemma had me completely immersed in the book I think most readers will find themselves wondering what they would do if they were in Hal s position One thing that Ruth Ware does so well in this book and in her previous work is to write about characters that are cut off from society in some way Sometimes this is done through a setting or an experience, and other times it is done through their social predicament Hal fell into the latter category, with a dash of the first What I love about the way Ruth Ware isolates characters is how it makes you forget the noise of the rest of the world It s easy to put yourself in their shoes, because she writes in a way that their problem is so isolated, that it shines right off of the page Hal s predicament felt like it became my predicament Hal s strength, worries, and ideas felt like my own I was able to fully empathize with her, and root for her along the way The promenade was empty, and the woman had disappeared into the darkness as if made from rain herself Hal is alone in the world Imagine being a young woman, raised by a single mother and with no other family, and then your mother passes away in a horrible accident Hal has no money, no family, and no friends All she has left from her mother is her Tarot Booth on the Promenade named Madame Margarida, after her mother and the strength to survive instilled in her since childhood But what Hal also has is a debt that is hard to repay Surviving comes at a cost, and Hal has run out of options And then one day, a letter arrives Don t fall into the trap of believing your own lies The letter informs Hal that she is set to receive some inheritance from the late Mrs Westaway, her grandmother The letter is addressed to Hal by name, and yet Hal knows it cannot be true You see, Hal knows her grandparents all died long ago on her mother s side, and the letter references Mrs Westaway being her maternal grandmother Still, with debt piling up higher and no chance to repay it, Hal wonders if her career of reading others and telling them what they need to hear might be just the thing to help her play the game long enough to earn a bit of inheritance.As Hal begins her journey to Trespassen House, she finds herself in over her head It s one thing to imagine taking a bit of money from those with plenty, but it s another to place yourself in the center of someone else s grief The other Westaways are real people And yet, there are many secrets in the home Hal finds herself wondering if she isn t the only person hiding something And what will be the cost if those secrets come out I can feel it my secret burning me up from the inside I have to gush for a moment about the settings in this book Ruth Ware uses such descriptive language, and this book takes place in some truly fantastic settings From the spooky, abandoned promenade, to the bare apartment, to the dark mansion I fell in love with the locations described in this book I could imagine the settings so vivdly, as though I was there myself I also loved the opening chapters on Hal s work in the Tarot booth, and the people and settings she interacts with I won t spoil them, but they jumped off of the page for me.The duality in Hal was also a high point for me Hal is physically meek, but she has an inner strength The way Hal has learned to play weaker than she is, and then her shows of surprising resilience and bravery were so wonderful Hal is an easy character to admire and to root for Hal is someone who has been cast aside in every way, but she has never allowed it to diminish her Hal is caring but self preserving Hal is honest but deceptive Hal is calculating but impulsive.Many readers will enjoy this book, and I recommend it highly.I am so grateful to NetGalley, to Ruth Ware, and to Gallery Scout Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See my review and here flag 192 likesLike see review View all 78 comments Mar 20, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley feedback, mystery thriller, edelweiss 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 her mother s tarot reading kiosk on the pier in order 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 her mother s tarot reading kiosk on the pier in order to pay the bills Still she fell short and she make an enormous mistake, borrowing money from someone who was beginning to put pressure on her to pay back the loan with lots of interest and even threats, bodily threats While dealing with all of this and what her next step will be she gets a letter that she is heir to a substantial inheritance from her grandmother, Mrs Westaway Hal never knew that she had a grandmother and really thinks that there is a mix up but as she is pinned against the wall with the threat from her loan shark, she makes the decision to go to the funeral and see what the inheritance is all about She is hoping for a few thousand pounds to help her get cleared of debt and start fresh.Once at Trepassen house, a falling down, once gorgeous estate, she discoveres that her inheritance is much than just some money and her uncles are none too happy about it, with the exception of Ezra who seems to take her under his wing The house lends a lot of creepiness to the story, including the terrible attic room which Hal is now sleeping in, with it s bolts on the outside of the door and it s message scratched into the window.Most of the family, however, embraces her as the daughter of their long lost sister and seem ready to accept her into the fold Once the will is read, however, Hal is not so sure she wants any part of this, thinking she has perhaps dug herself into a really dark hole Then she decides she will take this step by stepwith the slow, measured pace of a reading She had to turn each card as it came, consider it, find it s place in the story only the next card was not a card at all, it was a photograph the photograph There are lots of characters quite well developed including the cranky, constantly lurking, Mrs Warren, who has been the housekeeper since the uncles were children She seems to know all of the secrets but seems to be biding her time, does she have a secret of her own Mystery thriller fans are going to love this new book, I did The only thing that brought it down to a 4 was the fact that I figured out who the bad guy was and most of the mystery long before it was revealed Still the ending is a great one and I loved every minute of this novel.Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for an ARC of this book flag 190 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Apr 30, 2018 Paromjit rated it really liked it Shelves crime fiction, thriller, mystery, netgalley 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 the blue, she receives a letter that tells her of an 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 the blue, she receives a letter that tells her of an inheritance left to her by grandmother, Hester Mary Westaway, which she knows is an error, as both of her grandparents have been dead for a while Her predicament and circumstances drive her to fraudulently pursue the inheritance, as she attends the funeral and travels to Cornwall to the huge and dilapidated Trepassen House, surrounded ominously by magpies It doesn t take her long to become aware that something is terribly wrong This is a story of a dysfunctional family, sibling conflicts and rivalry, intrigue, legacies and buried secrets from the past.Placed in the attic room, Hal faces hostility from all quarters, apart from Ezra The elderly, menacing and strange Mrs Warren, the housekeeper appears to have own secrets as well as knowing secrets of others Hal embarks on a search for the truth aided by her trusty tarot cards, as she wonders what her mother s involvement with the family is As the past threatens to reveal itself, Hal has to draw on her inner resources as danger swirls around her Hal is a flawed character, who you can forgive her deceptions, given the precarious nature of her finances She is brave and courageous in the face of the dark Trepassen House and all the secrets held within its walls Ware gives us a well plotted tale with rich evocative descriptions This is a creepy, absorbing and entertaining read which I thoroughly enjoyed with its echoes of Rebecca, Agatha Christie and Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC flag 188 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Jun 08, 2018 j e w e l s rated it it was amazing Shelves books bejeweled, audio 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 quickly devoured like a lot of this genre s current 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 quickly devoured like a lot of this genre s current output Fine literature like fine wine requires some savoring time Sniff, sip and swish this one around your mouth a few times What s the hurry Just sit back with your glass, soak up the formidable atmosphere, and enjoy the leisurely experience This is by far the best of Ware s novels THE DEATH OF MRS WESTAWAY is the book I have been waiting for Ware to create It is an immediate classic and the story of mistaken identity is an absolute perfect fit to Ware s charming, gothic style Loved the book, but I did not enjoy the audiobook version Imogen Church is so wonderful when she is straight reading the book However, there are numerous characters in this one and the overacted, squealing voices she portrays are just cringe inducing Also, Ware uses the old diary device prominently in this story and I was confused so many times while listening is this now or reading from the diary again Ugh, I hate that I can t hear italics I went with Kindle in the end and was so glad I switched.THE DEATH OF MRS WESTAWAY is not in the least action packed , but it is thoughtfully creepy and has so many twists in store for you Wait for a thunderstorm Break out the Courvoisier Light some candles and crack open this beautiful, haunting and dark noveljust don t be in a rush It s meant to be enjoyed flag 189 likesLike see review View all 30 comments j e w e l s JYT wrote I really enjoyed the audiobook It s obvious Church enjoys this tale as it calls for many voices and substantial fortitude to deliver Her JYT wrote I really enjoyed the audiobook It s obvious Church enjoys this tale as it calls for many voices and substantial fortitude to deliver Her diction is crisp and clear I could hear every word wow, I never said I couldn t hear or understand Church I love this narrator have listened to many many audiobooks that she absolutely slays I feel this book doesn t not lend itself to audio well and definitely should use 2 3 narrators for some authenticity Thanks for your comment I appreciate your opinion May 30, 2019 01 32PM Jai Amazing review You totally hit it on the head I love this book Aug 29, 2019 07 31PM Jun 20, 2018 Christina Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling friends 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 reader on a pier Hal is running low on cash, she s go 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 reader on a pier Hal is running low on cash, she s got loan sharks hunting her down like Jaws on Amity Island Out of nowhere, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her an inheritance from a wealthy woman she is told is her grandmother Hal knows an entirely different story of her upbringing, her grandparents and her entire life she knows this letter was not meant for her Despite this, her desperation leads her to attending the funeral, attempting to con this family into believing she is who they say she is From here, things slowly descend into mayhem You can t influence fate, or change what s out of your control But you can choose what you yourself do with the cards you re dealt.Hal was by far my favorite part of this story She was strong willed, smart, and a genuinely likable character Mystery thriller novels fall short for me a bit when they rely solely on interesting over likable characters and I appreciate that Ware didn t fall into the unreliable narrator trope here Ware did an exceptional job of showing how things snowballed with Hal, and despite making a semi shifty choice in trying to defraud this family, you could empathize and understand her plight However, past Hal, none of the characters held much depth for me The banter between the Westaway family fell flat and I don t feel like there was a lot of development into who they were as people and what had brought them to this point and their animosity towards the situation This read less like a mystery and like a family drama but there wasn t enough back story to understand the intricacies at play We are given Hal s sole POV with a few diary entries from before she was born thrown in These diary entries are really the only look into the past we get aside from a few conversations between family members I would ve loved to have seen just a bit to fully develop that plot line She had discovered that the most important truths often lay in what people didn t say, and learned to read the secrets that they hid in plain sight, in their faces, and in their clothes, and in the expressions that flitted across their faces when they thought no one was watching.In the end, this was a disappointment for me because I felt like there was so much promise here and I was a bit let down The beginning draws the reader right in with intrigue and mystery but this quickly plateaus for what felt like a large portion of the book Things don t really pick back up until the last 50 or so pages and then I ran into some implausibility issues that suffered due to a lack of development into the character That being said, the final few twists were a complete knock out I did not see coming from a mile away I completed this as a Traveling Friends read and I can definitely see why this book appeals to so many, it just wasn t my particular brand of story Anyone interested in slow burn mysteries, family sagas and atmospheric, gothic vibes would likely enjoy this story Ware clearly has her writing chops well honed, despite this one falling a bit short for me flag 179 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Oct 10, 2018 megs_bookrack rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 run death of her beloved mother One day, believing 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 run death of her beloved mother One day, believing she has hit rock bottom, a letter arrives announcing that her Grandmother, Hester Westaway, has passed and that she is named a beneficiary in her will Her presence is requested at the Solicitor s Office during the reading of said will Harriet, knowing there must be some sort of mistake as her Grandparents died years ago, decides to test her luck and go pretend to be the Harriet Westaway named in the letter, becausewhat could go wrong At most she is expecting a small financial payout that will allow her to pay off some debt and perhaps live a little comfortably Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined what would take place once she entered into this dangerous game.I don t want to say too much regarding the plot as I feel it is best to go into it knowing as little as possible I will say that the family she meets upon traveling to the Westaway estate, Trepassen House, is eccentric and it was a ton of fun reading the truth unfold Again, to me the setting and atmosphere of this were fantastic I could picture the cold, the snow, the eerie lake, the attic room with the bars on the windows the estate was brought to life within the pages I live for that in a story At times, I felt I knew the answer to the mystery and I was correct on parts of it, but it was so twisted it was hard to tell until the final reveal whether I was on the right track or not Truly a lot of fun to read.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes some gothic vibes weaved throughout their mystery thrillers My only slight criticism was that the beginning was a little slow I had this same feeling while reading, The Woman in Cabin 10, another one of Ruth Ware s books but luckily, for me, the introductory portion of this story didn t drag quite as much as that one In the end, I am so happy that I picked this one up and I will definitely continue reading Ware s books in future If this one is any sign, it s that her works are getting stronger and stronger flag 153 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Sep 30, 2018 Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves buddy reads, read in 2018, thriller, mystery 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 away One for Joy One for love One for the future 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 away One for Joy One for love One for the future The Death of Mrs Westaway is a story of a girl named Hal who has been grieving the loss of her mother for the past three years She has had to take up the mantle of her mother s psychic readings and tarot spreads for the community, making ends meet, and barely being able to hide from the loan sharks who she received money from when she was desperate But she thinks her luck could change the day that she receives a letter, letting her know about the death of a woman she has never known and an inheritance that could not only solve her money problems, but change her life forever Hal feels like she is good enough at reading people, and telling them what they want to hear, that she might actually stand a chance at convincing them that she is a long lost relative, deserving of a fortune So, Hal uses the very last of her money to attend the funeral of this mysterious woman she has never known, and travels to the estate, Trepassen But she soon realizes that her mother has visited this place before, and Hal desperately tries to find out what went on over two decades ago that eventually led to her mother not only fleeing, but to never mention any of her past to Hal Never believe your own lies We also are able to see actual glimpses of the past, and events that happened at Trepassen that help piece together everything a bit And Ruth Ware is able to add some really amazing, and really creepy, parallels that make you feel really unsettled while reading Again, the atmosphere of this book is really well done, and I couldn t help feeling claustrophobic in that attic myself This all sounds super good right Possibly haunted house Unsolved murders Family mysteries Tarot readings But that s about where the coolness ends with the premise Hal leads the reader to believe she is so very perceptive, but she literally ignores every single thing that would help her unravel this mystery And not to get into spoiler territory, but you couldn t have paid me enough to stay in that attic Especially after the light, the window, the attempted murder Like, Hal just ended up being another, typical, stupid character in another typical, stupid murder mystery And I m extra let down because I felt like this had so much potential And this story wraps up with so many loose ends What happened to the loan sharks What happened with the will What happened with the rest of the family What were her future plans Why would a certain somebody help her when they had no real motive I don t know friends, but this was just a big letdown for me Overall, this was just an okay read for me I didn t dislike it, but I disliked things about it than I liked But again, I am totally in the minority with my feelings based on the reviews I ve been seeing Another thing I ll say is that this reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel, another author I ve never really enjoyed So, if you do then I d probably really recommend this one to you, too Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch Content and trigger warnings for harassment, anxiety, loss of a loved one, parental abuse, physical abuse, abandonment, captivity, and murder Buddy read for FridayFrightAThon which I co hosted with Amy A Court of Crowns and Quills, Jen Pinot and Pages, Chelsea Chelsea Palmer flag 139 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Jul 20, 2018 Julie rated it liked it Shelves 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 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, with her back against a wall, Hal decides to take 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, with her back against a wall, Hal decides to take a chance and test the water by attending the funeral of her grandmother Mrs Westaway Once she s made her fateful choice, her life as she knows it will never be the same again if she survives Well, I suppose it was bound to happen I ve really enjoyed Ware s previous novels and I see that this one has been well received for the most part But, for me this one was a bit flat It took me an age to get into the story, and the tried and true attempts to build suspense, were too obvious to be effective By all accounts, this book should have been right up my alley The old house, the creepy housekeeper, the gathering of the suspects, and the moral issues are all elements I love in a good mystery suspense novel But, the pacing was just too slow, the characters were uninteresting, and the dialogue was a bit dull I can t really explain why this book didn t resonate with me, but I just couldn t get into it The Magpie references seem to be a popular theme in books right now, but this time it didn t impress me, and I mainly found it distracting I guessed major parts of the mystery in advance, so the only thing propelling me forward was seeing how Hal discovered the truth and how it would come to an end After giving it a few days, I think maybe it was of a it s not you, it s me situation I was excited about the book, and the plot was original, but, it just didn t grab me It was okay, and I see why most of my GR friends loved this one I m disappointed that I can t seem to muster that level of enthusiasm for the book, but believe me, it wasn t from a lack of trying 3 stars flag 167 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Jul 05, 2018 Kylie D rated it it was amazing Shelves seasonal challenges, new releases, psychological thriller 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 seems off about the family, she can t pinpoint what 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 seems off about the family, she can t pinpoint what it is What are the families secrets And who is hiding what Several scenarios went through my head as I was racing through the book, and the final chapters were exceptional Ruth Ware has crafted a superb thriller with this, what has to be the best book I have read so far this year Highly recommended flag 124 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Apr 02, 2018 Dennis rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, 2018 pub, drama, mystery, contemporary, gothic, suspense, 2018 read, arc publisher 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 fascinating story Seriously guys, I read this 360 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 fascinating story Seriously guys, I read this 360 page book in one sitting Harriet Hal Westaway is a young twenty something year old tarot card reader in Brighton, England She is struggling to pay the bills barely making rent while her business is providing dismal financial stability With loan sharks out to enforce their illegal and exploitative payment plans, Hal is looking for a light at the end of the tunnel Her mother died years ago, and she has no family to lean on she is utterly alone As Hal checks her mail, she receives notice that her grandmother, Hester Mary Westaway, has recently passed away and has left Hal an inheritance of some kind Hal believes this to be a clerical error of some kind because her grandparents have been dead for years Desperate, Hal decides that she can fraudulently try and claim this inheritance as her own she s been conning innocent people for years as a tarot card reader and this will just be another gig for her When Hal arrives to the Westaway family home, she quickly finds herself immersed in a rich family history that quickly starts to crumble Something is wrong with this family, but Hal just can t seem to grasp what is so concerning In a world of family dynamics, betrayal, and greed The Death of Mrs Westaway delivers a realistic mystery crime fiction novel that will keep you hooked from page one I know it s lame to compare author s works to each other, but in order to show the reasoning behind my five star rating for The Death of Mrs Westaway , I m going to have to tell you how this story differs from Ware s other works At its core, The Death of Mrs Westaway provides a lot atmospheric undertones than anything she s ever produced Its gothic atmosphere provides a higher level of suspense that I have yet to see in anything else This story is a lot dense than In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 you can really see the progress Ruth Ware has made in her writing and she continually fine tunes it in this story For about a good 30% of the book, we have the characterization of Hal set perfectly At first, I immediately felt that this was going to be a slow burn novel, but I was wrong because everything comes full circle We see Hal s desperation come to life and her willingness to deceive to survive Hal is not the typical alcoholic unreliable narrator that we have come to grow tired of in every suspense novel that has been published since 2015 Hal is entertaining and honestly refreshing When we meet the secondary characters, they are all unique and interesting in their own way Each character in The Death of Mrs Westaway is fully developed and multi dimensional After reading the synopsis, throw everything you think about Ruth Ware novels out the window The Death of Mrs Westaway will keep you guessing until the very end seriously, I thought the story was winding down and was completely thrown off by the end Thank you Scout Press Gallery Books for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review The Death of Mrs Westaway will be released May 29, 2018 One for sorrowTwo for joyThree for a girlFour for a boyFive for silverSix for goldSeven for a secretNever to be told. flag 128 likesLike see review View all 33 comments May 07, 2018 Emily Books with Emily Fox rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, mystery thriller horror 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 flag 119 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 13, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads 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 enough throughout this book to keep me turning those 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 enough throughout this book to keep me turning those pages but I was never truly invested in this story though.When reading a thriller or suspense novel I like to be able to work out the why and how and be pleasantly surprised by the little pieces of puzzles that were left along the way that I either missed or didn t think were important to the twists or reveals I thought some pieces of that puzzle were left out here and in some instances didn t match up so therefore this novel just didn t work for me.I also had a little problem with keeping all the characters straight as they all just seemed to roll up into one and it was really hard to differentiate between who was who, which I found rather distracting.I will say though that I absolutely loved the setting of creepy Trespassen House and the atmosphere of this novel though I also thoroughly enjoyed Hal and her tarot card readings I thought the explanations and the meanings behind the cards were quite thought provoking and had me really interested However, unfortunately it wasn t quite enough to make this story really work for me Even though I feel like I wasn t quite the right reader for this one, I still recommend giving it a try Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon Schuster Canada and Ruth Ware for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readingtps twosisterslostinacouleeCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley flag 119 likesLike see review View all 55 comments Jun 03, 2018 Book of Secrets rated it it was amazing This is my 500th review posted on 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.Things are pretty bad for Hal, until one day she receive This is my 500th review posted on 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.Things are pretty bad for Hal, until one day she receives a letter telling her that she s been named as a beneficiary in her grandmother s will However, the deceased Mrs Westaway isn t her grandmother but does that really have to matter Hal thinks that maybe her years of reading tarot cards will help her pull off a grand deception and walk away with the inheritance money So, she s off to Mrs Westaway s creepy ramshackle estate and the dark secrets hidden thereThis was an eerie, suspenseful, and well written Gothic mystery I could definitely see influences from Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca which I loved I enjoyed trying to figure out how Hal s puzzle piece fit in with this haunted family The sinister atmosphere and delicious twists kept me glued to the pages 4.5 stars Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review flag 115 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Aug 13, 2018 JanB rated it it was amazing Shelves traveling friends 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 alone in the world 3 years ago after her mother s deat 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 alone in the world 3 years ago after her mother s death She was forced to set aside her plans of college and took over her mother s job as a tarot card reader Hal has difficulty making ends meet and has fallen victim to a loan shark, leaving her desperate Her fortunes seem to take a turn for the better when a mysterious letter arrives Hal has been named as a beneficiary in her grandmother s will Too bad Mrs Westaway isn t her grandmother, but from her tarot card reading and dealings with the public, Hal knows how to read people and situations and is confident she can pull off the deception What s the harm in playing along and walking away with just a little money to help her through this rough patch Hal hops on a train to attend the reading of the will and ends up staying with the Westaway family From here, the tension and suspense made this an addictive read that I had difficulty putting down.I loved how the author dropped clues like bread crumbs throughout the novel, but it wasn t until the end that the puzzle pieces clicked into place I thought I had it figured out but turned out to be only partially right I was pleasantly surprised well done Ms Ware This book hooked me from page one right through to the end Highly recommended for fans of an old fashioned mystery, reminiscent of Agatha Christie flag 114 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Jul 27, 2018 Lucy Langford rated it liked it review of another edition Debating between 3 4 stars Get out if you know what s good for you While you still canThis 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 She realises the letter was sent to the wrong person, however, through her Debating between 3 4 stars Get out if you know what s good for you While you still canThis 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 She realises the letter was sent to the wrong person, however, through her skills as a tarot reader, she hones in on her reading ability to help her claim some money Through this she goes on a journey to the gothic mansion of Trepassen the home of the late Mrs Westaway creepy, mainly uninhabited, dark, with few working lights and no central heating During Hal s time at Trepassen she meets a whole host of a dysfunctional family, she learns of the strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it Through out this book secrets are unpeeled and unveiled unto the last few chapters where all the pieces of the puzzle fits into place.Ruth Ware does a great service to describing the creepy tone of Trepassen house I found it similar to the haunting descriptions of Manderley ,from the book Rebecca, as well as those featured in classic literature Hal was a brilliant character completely down on her luck, a loner and isolated However, I found Hal very fascinating due to the knowledge I gained about tarot reading Another well drawn character was that of Mrs Warren highly strict and completely unappealing as a character she comes across as a villain, mirroring the persona of Mrs Danvers again from the book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.This book was unputdownable as I wanted to find out and get to the root of the secrets I also liked the remaining and standing of the West Pier in Brighton this pier burnt down IRL However, this was much of a family drama than what I was expecting a thriller In addition, I think due to my teen years spending time reading thrillers I guessed some of the secrets early on, making the unveiling of the secrets less surprising and did not add twists to the plot flag 116 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Oct 04, 2018 Misericordia The Serendipity Aegis rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 gr choice 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 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 skin c Q I will never feel sad again, in spite of everythi 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 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 skin c Q I will never feel sad again, in spite of everything, in spite of the storm that I know is coming c Q Hal had the promenade to herself, the flashing lights of the pier the only sign of life, apart from the gulls wheeling and crying over the dark restless waters of the channel c Q Sorry to have missed you We would like to discuss you re financal situation We will call again Hal was used to reading between the lines, deciphering the importance of what people didn t say, as much as what they did It was her job, in a way But the unspoken words here required no decoding at all.They said, We know where you work.We know where you live.And we will come back c Q The woman hesitated, and then pointed at the first card in the deck, to the far left of the spread It was one people rarely chose most people picked towards the middle in a fairly even spread, choosing the cards closest to them, while a very few, the most suggestible types, picked up on the implicit instruction in final and chose a card towards the right of the spread, at the bottom of the original pack c Q She had seen her mother in the World because her mother had been her world Q What kind of person needed to stop their maids from escaping c Q She would shape her own life She would change her own fortune She would make her own luck c Q And I thought This is it This is what I have been waiting all my life to feel, this is what those girls at school used to talk about, this is what the songs mean, and the poems were written for This is it He is it.But the sun has gone now, and it s winter, and I feel very cold And I am no longer sure if I was right flag 109 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2018 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, traveling friends read 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 , who took over her mother s tarot card reading business 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 , who took over her mother s tarot card reading business after she passed away three years ago Years of being alone and struggling to pay the bills have left Hal frustrated and desperate One day, she receives a mysterious letter advising that she has been left a substantial inheritance from Mrs Westaway, a grandmother she has never heard of Hal travels to the Trepassen House estate where she meets the family of Mrs Westaway The writing was perfection I was glued to the pages from start to finish Ruth Ware kept the tension, mystery and suspense building as each page turned, all the while keeping the dark and unnerving atmosphere brooding Each character brought forth a new aura of intrigue and secrecy I read this along with the Traveling Friends which was a pleasure To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit our blog at big thank you to NetGalley, Simon Schuster Canada and Ruth Ware for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review The Death Of Mrs Westaway is AVAILABLE NOW flag 113 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Jun 12, 2018 Holly B rated it liked it Shelves enjoyed the setting, favorite author, slow burner, read in 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 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 drama with confusing side stories and was lacking susp 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 drama with confusing side stories and was lacking suspense.I did enjoy the gothic undertones and the mansion, but just felt that they were never really utilized in creating the dark mystery I was craving.I found it too slow and not so clever, but many enjoyed this one So read all the reviews and you may find it works for you flag 106 likesLike see review View all 53 comments Jun 22, 2018 Brenda Host of Traveling Sisters Friends rated it liked it Shelves traveling sister reads, traveling friends reads 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 and intriguing story, and this story had all the el 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 and intriguing story, and this story had all the elements to make it an interesting story for us all We loved the gothic feel, the old mysterious mansions with creepy rooms that hold secrets, a shady family with an inheritance and one of our favorite characters an angry and unfriendly housekeeper Lots of creepy good to this story We all started off intrigued and really liked our interesting main character tarot card reader Hal We all soon grew to like housekeeper Mrs Warren who really gave a mysterious creepy feeling to the story as well for us We soon meet the shady family members and that s when we started to go our separate ways in the coulee For some of us, our heads started spinning in confusion with trying to piece together who is who and who is connected to who We were engaged enough in the story to hold our attention till the end, however, we just gave up trying to put the pieces together For the rest of the sisters, they found it exciting and intriguing putting those pieces together and couldn t put the book down till they were done Leaving them reading to the wee hours and feeling a little book hangover the next day In the end when we all came together for our final discussion as we tried to piece everything together and our heads kept on spinning till one sister rescued us with helping us figure it all out The Death of Mrs Westaway lead to a fun, entertaining and interesting discussion and for that reason I recommend for group discussion Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon Schuster Canada and Ruth Ware for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review This is Traveling Sisters GR Reading Group Review and it can be found posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readingtps twosisterslostinacouleeCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley Coulee references are symbolic to our reading experience flag 106 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Jun 24, 2018 Brandice rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 Upon arriving, she meets 3 uncles she was unaware of H 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 Upon arriving, she meets 3 uncles she was unaware of Harding, Abel and Ezra, in addition to Harding s wife and children, Abel s partner, and the family s longtime housekeeper, Mrs Warren The group ends up staying at Hal s grandmother s home A large, old rundown estate Once there, Hal tries to play her part, innocently, while also trying to subtly uncover family secrets There s a lot of tension and mystery swirling around the estate and the family s history I had no trouble picturing the gothic, creepy scene of Mrs Westaway s estate due to the great descriptions included in the story, which was a slow burn, yet I enjoyed the build I can appreciate setting the scene appropriately but feel like the story didn t really pick up to the height of the mystery until the final third of the book I m generally not a fan of mysteries I think because I find them to often be too predictable, far fetched, and have convenient plots or sequences of action I had a few predictions of what was going on in The Death of Mrs Westaway Although I wasn t far off, my predictions weren t correct which also made the story enjoyable The mystery was well crafted and kept me intrigued This was my first Ruth Ware book and I d probably read another one of her stories where the premise provokes my curiosity flag 97 likesLike see review View all 28 comments May 05, 2018 Tucker rated it liked it 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 from her Grandmother Curious and in desperate financial 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 from her Grandmother Curious and in desperate financial conditions she meets with the Grandmother s sons and is soon entangled in an elaborate web as she tries to discover what possible connection she could have to them As successive layers of the web are unspun I found myself just as baffled as Hal about those connections With a slow revelation of secrets, a constant sense of menace, and expert pacing it s not surprising that Ware is compared to Agatha Christie Ware has written a book that draws readers in and never lets them go flag 93 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 16, 2018 Carol Bookaria rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, top 2018, mistery thriller, favorites, 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 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 is not what she expected at all Wow, this was an excelle 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 is not what she expected at all Wow, this was an excellent novel mostly set in Trepassen, an English countryside mansion The estate is almost a character in itself, an old, large, gothic house that holds many secrets.The writing, story, and characters were skillfully crafted and hooked me from the first page Overall, I loved it I read this book with the Traveling Friends Our discussions made my experience enriching and interesting flag 88 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Aug 17, 2018 Sumit RK rated it liked it 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 income as a tarot reader One day, she recei

    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 income as a tarot reader One day, she receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance Unable to trace her relationship with her mysterious benefactor but in dire need of money, she decides to claim it anyway Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this entire situation and the inheritance at the centre of it

    The premise of the novel itself was mysterious and intriguing a letter about an inheritance from a mysterious benefactor and Ruth Ware does a great job in setting the sinister tone for her story It reminded me of the old manors in Agatha Christie s mysteries The old haunting manor, the almost evil housekeeper, a bunch of unknown relatives, even the creepy magpies and the constant dread that something going to go horribly wrong very soonWare gets the setting of the creepy Trespassen House and the atmosphere of this novel absolutely spot on In addition to its brooding atmosphere and the mistaken identity story, the novel also gives us a heroine of real depth in Hal Hal, despite her many questionable decisions, is a likeable character

    Now just like the mistaken identities, while I was expecting to read a murder mystery or even a horror thriller, but this turned out to be of a family drama The story started off slow and I was expecting it to pick up as it went along and it did right towards the end but I felt it was a bit slow for a mystery Also the writer gives away far too many clues along the way Even if you choose to ignore the clues, you will have no trouble guessing the final mystery Infact, you will a bit frustrated that none of the characters is unable to put together the clues that are right in front of them So, the final few chapters are thrilling but a bit predictable as a result You never feel the tension rising at any point in the story, except at the end In a way, I felt that the atmosphere and the brilliant setting was never really utilized in creating a perfect mystery

    In every Agatha Christie s mystery, apart from the atmosphere, we get a bunch of creepy characters, where almost everyone is a suspect Unfortunately, most of the characters are not even remotely creepy None of the characters had much depth Everyone is so polite and warm towards Hal, you almost feel guilty for doubting them It was also difficult to keep track of all the other characters in the novel Apart from the characters, there are a few entries from a diary, from before Hal was born These diary entries, though a nice touch, reveal either far too little or far too much of the mystery, at various points in the story

    Overall, the plot itself was entertaining but it felt like a family drama disguised as mystery thriller 3 5

    flag 91 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Jul 30, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it Shelves mystery thrillers, psychological thriller 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 cardsor 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 contrasting ways Hal recognizes that long face of desper 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 cardsor 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 contrasting ways Hal recognizes that long face of desperation She sees it on a regular basis on her own.Icy rain coats the boards of the pier as she makes her way home Once inside, there s not much difference in her apartment s temperature as it is outside Overdue bills pile up and a near empty bank account leans into her world Hal s also being hounded by a snaggled nosed heavy who threatens her with bodily harm if she doesn t come up with the latest installment on her back street debt Life s not lookin too good about now.But among the tombstones of debt is a letter that Hal doesn t recognize Shaky hands open the envelope An attorney requests Hal s presence at the funeral of her recently deceased grandmother at the Trepassen estate Funny thingher grandmother has been dead for many years and Hal has no living relatives But hey, who could pass on a possible inheritance that may lift Hal out of her valley of debt Ruth Ware presents another storyline showcasing a female main character at her wit s end as she did in The Woman in Cabin 10 I really enjoyed that one The character of Hal, in this one, reflects of an unworldly young woman who has been prone to bad judgments Her mother was killed in a hit and run accident outside of their apartment building It is her mother s Tarot cards and pier business that Hal steps into after her death She seems to always be on the receiving end of the decisions made by others.Ware wraps her story in the gloom and doom of the Trepassen estate Hal s struggle with her conscience vs the truth is woven throughout Ware also complicates the storyline with diary entries from 1994 that will reach into the present There s a bevy of characters here that emphasize the fact that not all these fish wish for Hal to be swimming in their pond.An entertaining read that certainly takes the long, winding road through this village It does get a bit draggy here and there But all in all, the chilly estate and the snarky housekeeper make up for it in aces flag 88 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jun 19, 2018 Fran rated it it was amazing 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 gloomy, eerie manse was crumbling and aggressive m 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 gloomy, eerie manse was crumbling and aggressive magpies were frequent inhabitants of the homestead.Hal was between a rock and a hard place Upon the death of her mother three years ago, the once confident twenty one year old was now pale and skinny, always hungry The person she was now was not the girl she would have been By necessity, Hal had taken over her mother s kiosk, a little booth on Brighton s West Pier Madame Margarida specialist in Tarot, Psychic Readings and Palmistry Hal was best at cold reading She could read the secrets people hid in plain sight, on their faces or by the clothes they wore These skills would come in handy because Hal was about to perpetrate a fraud She was certain she received the solicitor s letter in error Hal was drowning in unpaid bills In addition, she was being stalked by loan shark, Mr Smith Threats of bodily harm included broken bones and teeth if the loan was not repaid, with interest, within the week What choice did Hal have The dysfunctional Westaway uncles consisted of Harding, who interrogated Hal military style, Abel, the friendly sort and Ezra, who was often uncommunicative Hal s aunt Maud, Ezra s twin, left home twenty years ago never to return The Westaways were not happy growing up with manipulative, uncaring mother, Hester Unfriendly housekeeper Mrs Warren ran the household with unwavering sarcasm Upon arrival at Trepassen and needing to stay until the reading of the will, Hal was shown to the attic room which contained bars on the windows and two locks bolted on the outside of the attic room door The Death of Mrs Westaway was chock full of deception Everyone had secrets including the sinister Mrs Warren Why were the siblings always sparring What was it like to have experienced childhood in Cornwall s Trepassen estate Author Ruth Ware has created a masterful goth atmospheric novel replete with stark, stormy weather The twists and turns experienced by the excellent fleshed out characters make for nuance and unease as the mystery unfolds Kudos to Ruth Ware.Thank you Gallery, Scout Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Death of Mrs Westaway flag 90 likesLike see review View all 40 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity In Suspense Book August Book Discussion 1 1 Aug 31, 2019 07 51PM Book discussion 52 701 Aug 28, 2019 08 24AM In Suspense Book August Book Club Selection 3 10 Aug 02, 2019 07 08PM YA Buddy Readers The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware Restarting July 20th 2019 56 65 Jul 31, 2019 12 02PM All the Books The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware 8 51 Jul 24, 2019 06 04AM Thriller fans Read a long Juni De dood van mevrouw Westaway Ruth Ware 31 30 Jul 09, 2019 05 02AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed

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    1. 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 others so I have had to bag an arc to be able to rea [...]

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    3. 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 months Ms Ware has been a highly coveted name in rec [...]

    4. 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 make this needlessly messy so it looks cleverer This i [...]

    5. 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 died long before she was born Even tho [...]

    6. 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 the story Hal s dilemma had me completely immersed in the book I th This book had [...]

    7. 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 her mother s tarot reading kiosk on the pier in order STILL MY [...]

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