The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Book - 2018
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood , The Woman in Cabin 10 , and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware's highly anticipated fourth novel.

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

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

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2018.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501156212
1501156217
Branch Call Number: WARE R
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm

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ednabw
Jun 17, 2019

Enjoyable mystery read with a style and story that has the flavor of a 20th century classic Gothic tale by having a struggling outlier young woman who is offered a chance of a lifetime that involves a family with money and land. Who cares that it involves deception? The one sure thing is this story is that everyone has a secret.

Really slow moving plot and almost predictable ending. Repetitive 'life review' of the main character is tedious. I found myself skipping through chapters and could not wait to finish and get on with a better read.

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wendistates
May 25, 2019

Enjoyable with lots of twists and turns.

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mytwosuns
Apr 09, 2019

This was the first Ruth Ware book I have read and I thoroughly fell in love with her writing style. It was a slight adjustment to adapt to some basic terminology - because she is from the UK, but quickly I became a pro (and actually rather preferred their use of words to our Americanos verbiage). I would agree with others that some of the areas of the book were slightly "wordy" and I was tempted to skip along (which I did not) . I felt closely drawn to Hal, actually, I thought her name was completely appropriate for a female... (seriously guys? Lol). I thought her character was complex, but easy to quickly like. I LOVED all of the Tarot references and the twists and turns. R. Ware is a beautiful storyteller and sets the scene perfectly. I will spend many years wondering what ever came of Hal & Trespassen. . . And "M"

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Suelogeman
Apr 05, 2019

I enjoyed this book and like the way that Ruth Ware writes. I probably would have enjoyed a bit more depth into the family characters than what she gave us so you could like or dislike them more. I found it plausible that families would keep secret things from the past and not air their personal history to the public. I would recommend this book.

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nidofito
Mar 19, 2019

Meh, I get it but I’m not entirely convinced of how we came to it. Loved the tarot side of the whole book though, wonderfully done.

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ellenorndorf
Mar 17, 2019

What was Erza's motivation?

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WellsDiMar
Mar 09, 2019

Why is there no large-print edition?

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vslydell
Feb 21, 2019

looking for Diana Nyad (Find my Way)

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cjoanie
Feb 17, 2019

I was looking forward to this 7-day read. I can't say I disliked it but if it was summer, I could have kept cool by the fanning of the pages as I skipped 2 and 3 at a time. Really wordy but not really saying anything. I checked the spine to see if I had mistakenly picked out a "fantasy" read or a "romance" etc. .. on and on about the Tarot cards
I haven't read R. Ware before and likely will not lunge for one on the shelf. Not bad writing but just very wordy and main character, Ha,l a bit tedious to like. Also, interestingly, I agree with one commenter who said they couldn't get their head around Hal as a female name.. I kept thinking it was one of her uncles for a split second.
Somehow, I am sure it will appeal to many people out there, in spite of my own reaction to it.

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