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 is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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Ruth Ware is one of the best at setting a scene, throwing in some drama and have you accusing everyone and triple guessing at who you believe. Her 4th novel, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is no exception.

In a fairly straight forward plot, Hal gets a letter saying that her grandmother has passed away and she will receive an inheritance. Woo hoo, this comes at a perfect time since Hal is seriously in debt. Hal doesn’t believe that she is the right person (she has never heard of her grandmother), but she goes to the funeral to check it out.

It’s mostly a simple book, but Ware has you making crazy guesses. I had no idea what was going to happen and I didn’t guess the majority of the ending.

It’s not a perfect novel, since I found that there were some things that didn’t quite make sense. It seemed like the author was going more for convenience and the shock factor.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. A quick read that will have you not trusting anyone and question who is really family.


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27 thoughts on “The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

  1. I love Ware’s books. If you’ve read all 4, which is your favorite? I think mine is still Dark Dark Wood. But Cabin 10 was also really great in my opinion.

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    1. I think mine is Cabin 10, Dark Dark Woods, Mrs Westaway and then Lying Game. What I enjoyed with Cabin and Woods is that there was only x people in the boat/cabin, so there was limited options on who was the killer, but I had no idea who it was!

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  2. I just went to her book signing in Houston last week and she was explaining why she thought the setting should be written like a character. I loved her explain all her books and bought them all 🙂 just finished the Lying Game and am making my way to this one next

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