The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Death of Mrs. WestawayOn 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.



I am a huge Ruth Ware fan and was thrilled to get my hands on The Death of Mrs. Westaway.  Shout out to Netgalley for the ecopy!  This book is creepy delicious.  The setting is dark and lonely, the characters quirky, and the storyline is haunting.  Written in that gothic noir style (very different from Ware’s previous books) this book so reminded me of old dark movies.  I remember watching “Dialing for Dollars” in the 70’s – a daily movie that featured a lot of film and gothic noir.  I loved it back in the day and love it now.

Hal (Harriet) receives a letter in the mail notifying her of an inheritance that could be quite substantial.  She knows the letter is a mistake, but life has been difficult, the last three years definitely the worst.  Her mother was murdered by a hit and run driver requiring Hal to drop out of school right before her graduation.  Lacking any kind of financial stability, Hal immediately takes over for her mother as a tarot card reader.

She was trained by the best, spending time in the backroom of her mother’s business and listening to her read fortunes.  Hal learned the fine art of reading people, situations, and using technology to learn more about potential clients (something her mother would never have done).  Needless to say, this was not enough.  Hal turned to a loan shark to supplement her income and has not been able to pay him back.

This book is a true mystery, and I was hooked from the beginning.  Be prepared to set aside some free time to read this book because you will not want to put it down.

5/5 stars

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