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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Death of Mrs Westaway
  • Ruth Ware
  • English
  • 12 February 2016
  • 9781501156250

10 thoughts on “The Death of Mrs Westaway

  1. says:

    There was a lock on the door Two in fact They were long thick bolts top and bottomBut 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 bookMy 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 mysteryWhat'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 beueathing a large inheritance to her she decides to accept even though she knows it must be a mistakeHal 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 uite 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 costsWare 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 uestioning 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 knowI 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 effectiveBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


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  3. says:

    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 an Agatha Christie style whodunnit or psychological thriller ensuring that it does none of them wellStill it seems to be only me who thinks this way so shrugs shoulders and walks awayARC via Netgalley


  4. says:

    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 dateAll hail ueen 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 territoryI'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 grippingDo 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


  5. says:

    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 uandary 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 dangerThe 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 attentionTrepassen 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 mysteriesThe tarot card readings and the constant presence of magpies also contributed to this feelingThis 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


  6. says:

    This twisted tale of long buried secrets is set at a decrepit estate property where the coldness gets under your skin and is the epitome of dreary gothic vibesI went into this hoping for a solid gothic atmosphere I mean look at that coverI was hoping it would pull me under with the weight of it and The Death of Mrs Westaway did not disappoint in that regardOur 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 when she is at her lowest a letter arrives announcing that her Grandmother Hester Westaway has passed and Hal is a named as a Beneficiary in her will Hal's presence is reuested at the Solicitor's Office during the reading of said will Knowing it must be a mistake her Grandparents died years ago she decides nonetheless to go pretend to be the Harriet Westaway named in the letter because what 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 gameThe family she meets upon traveling to the Westaway estate Trepassen House is hella eccentric and it was a ton of fun reading along as the truth unfolds 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 readI would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes gothic vibes weaved into 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 but luckily for me the introductory portion of this story didn't drag uite 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


  7. says:

    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 uickly devoured like a lot of this genre's current output Fine literature like fine wine reuires 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 suealing 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 switchedTHE 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


  8. says:

    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 pastPlaced in the attic room Hal faces hostility from all uarters 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


  9. says:

    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 enoughI 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 inheritanceAs 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 meThe 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 impulsiveMany readers will enjoy this book and I recommend it highlyI am so grateful to NetGalley to Ruth Ware and to GalleryScout Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewSee my review and here


  10. says:

    STILL MY FAVORITE RUTH WARE NOVELAfter “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 brewHal 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 threatsWhile 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 freshOnce 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 windowMost 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 uite 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? Mysterythriller 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 novelMany thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for an ARC of this book


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