The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware #20BooksofSummer


Author : Ruth Ware
Title : The Death of Mrs Westaway
Pages : 384
Publisher : Harvill Secker
Publication date : June 28, 2018


On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.


Oh boy, I have absolutely no idea how to tackle this review and get across how much I loved The Death of Mrs Westaway. 

Hal receives a letter telling her she’s inherited something. She’s convinced names were mixed up and this inheritance isn’t meant for her. But debts and threats spur her on to rely on the cold-reading skills she’s picked up as a tarot card reader to convince everyone she is a rightful heir and maybe get herself out of trouble.

Despite the fact Hal is about to commit fraud, I couldn’t help but warm to her. She’s a very likeable and complicated character who has fallen on hard times and I was rooting for her all the way, wishing she could get some sort of happy ending.

The Death of Mrs Westaway is not packed full of action, nor would I call it a thriller. It has quite a slow pace but it’s nevertheless incredibly engrossing and as the tension gradually builds up throughout the story, I felt I just couldn’t put it down. It’s an intensely gripping mystery that held my attention, kept me guessing and I devoured it in one day. The Westaway family has secrets like no other and I enjoyed trying to unravel them.

I found this to be quite the dark and haunting story, set against the glorious and slightly creepy feeling of a neglected mansion. It oozes atmosphere and has that delightful gothic vibe to it. The immensely mysterious and character-driven plot full of intrigue had me completely enthralled from start to finish and Ruth Ware’s brilliant writing totally won me over.

This is the first book I’ve read by Ruth Ware and it left me feeling like I’d seriously been missing out. So much so that it prompted me to buy her other books and I can’t wait to find the time to get caught up. For now though, this one shoots right up my list of top books of the year and I highly recommend it!

The Death of Mrs Westaway is available to buy!

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Book 11 from my 20 Books of Summer list


  18 comments for “The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware #20BooksofSummer

  1. Karen
    August 9, 2018 at 10:43 am

    This is coming on holiday with me 😃

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 9, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Fantastic review! I almost read this one on the Pigeonhole but I wanted to get a copy myself sometime soon.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 9, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Great review! I have this in my audiobook queue, really looking forward to it now!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ova
    August 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I really liked this one too! Nice review!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this one as my first Ruth Ware too.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 9, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Great review! I loved that she made Hal so likeable even though basically she was trying to commit fraud. And I loved all the spooky Gothic-ness too – that door that had locks on the outside… 😱

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  7. August 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Fantastic review as always! I’m really intrigued to read this one, I’ve heard so many good things and now from you – I have to read it!! 😍

    Liked by 1 person

  8. August 13, 2018 at 7:27 am

    It was fun, wasn’t it? 😀 I really enjoyed it!!

    Liked by 1 person

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