The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Narrated by: Imogen ChurchLength: 14 hrs and 14 minsUnabridged AudiobookRelease date: 05-29-18-- 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—bu...

Details The Death of Mrs. Westaway

TitleThe Death of Mrs. Westaway
Release DateJun 28th, 2018
PublisherHarvill Secker
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • Emily May
    There was a lock on the door. Two, in fact. They were long, thick bolts, top and bottom.But 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 book.My 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 other...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "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 date."All hail Queen 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 month...
  • Meredith
    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 quandary 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 die...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    It's publication day! Rush to your nearest bookseller or library for this one :)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 enough!I finished this book last night. It was one of those book...
  • Paromjit
    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 th...
  • Dorie
    *****NOW AVAILABLE*****After “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 brew.Hal 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 ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    (3.5) The gothic ambience in the Trespassen house was perfect for all the family secrets.You'll spend the whole book trying to figure if/how the main character is related to everyone and who's lying!A great read! I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Dennis
    First and foremost, I'm happy to say that RUTH WARE IS BACK! I've been a fan of Ruth Ware since Day 1. In a Dark, Dark Wood was such a good debut light-mystery novel and The Woman in Cabin 10 was one of my favorite mystery novels of all time. After my disappointment with The Lying Game, I still was hopeful for The Death of Mrs. Westaway . Ruth Ware went back to her roots with The Death of Mrs. Westaway and created a robust, multifaceted, and f...
  • Tucker
    3.5 stars.The cover of “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” is perfect to draw the reader into Ruth Ware’s new book. The gothic sense of creepiness from the cover is further enhanced by the evocative descriptions of the crumbling old mansion Mrs. Westaway lived in. And then there are the characters - what brilliantly conceived characters!Hal, who believes she has no living relatives receives a letter informing her that she has received a bequeath f...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Family secrets, fortune telling and intrigue set at a gothic mansion - the set up was perfect. From the beginning, Hal receives a letter telling her about the inheritance she is entitled to, confused as she has no family, but scared because she has gotten herself into debt with some shady characters, she pursues the letter. Immediately, something is off - but what exactly is it? The mystery unfolds in such an intriguing way, I was instantly hooke...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Find my full review here: THIS. BOOK!! I’m a huge fan of Ruth Ware’s work, and this was most definitely my favorite book of hers yet. It’s a brilliant plot with tinges of gothic suspense & a quasi-locked room mystery. Love, love, love!!!
  • Pauline
    The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware was so good that I could no put it down and read it in one day. Hal who is living hand to mouth and has no family receives a letter telling her that her grandmother has died. The lawyer has enclosed the details of the funeral arrangements and the reading of the will. Hal does not believe that the letter has been sent to the right person but decides to go anyway as this may be a way out of her financial situa...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 You guys, I am so torn about my feelings! I liked The Death of Mrs. Westaway a whole lot more than The Lying Game, but I didn't love it like I loved The Woman in Cabin 10. It was a bit repetitive (like describing how one man is doughy around the middle constantly), and Hal, the main character, said sorry so much that it started driving me crazy. However, The Death of Mrs. Westaway did make me laugh out loud more than once, and I ...
  • Zoe
    Ominous, atmospheric, and darkly mysterious!The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a gothic, character-driven thriller that takes us into the life of Hal, a young woman recently orphaned and struggling to make ends meet as a tarot reader when she receives an unexpected bequest that will unearth tragic memories, powerful emotions, and long-buried skeletons that will change more than one life forever.The writing is polished and taut. The characterization i...
  • Emma
    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...
  • Shannon
    I was very fortunate to receive an ARC of The Death of Mrs. Westaway thanks to @ I had been in a MAJOR book slump but I knew this book was coming and it was all I wanted to read! Of course it came late but it was oh so worth it!I loved it! Hal Westaway, aka Harriet, is a struggling tarot card reader. She took over her mother’s job once her mom passed away. Hal can barely afford rent or other bills that are due. She has scary loan sharks out for...
  • Bam
    *4+ stars.Twenty-one year old Harriet ‘Hal’ Westaway is desperately trying to hold her life together. Three years before, her mother was killed by a hit-and-run driver and Hal took over her tarot reading kiosk on the pier in Brighton to support herself. But during a hard financial stretch, Hal went to a loan shark for help and now she is being threatened with bodily harm over non-repayment of the ever-increasing amount. So when a letter from ...
  • Tammy
    Make no mistake, Mrs. Westaway does die but mistakes are made. Harriet (Hal) Westaway, a tarot card reader on the pier in Brighton, is seriously strapped for cash. Hal receives a letter indicating that, as the granddaughter of Mrs. Westaway, she is a beneficiary of her will. But, there has to be a mistake. Hal never knew Mrs. Westaway and her deceased mother’s name is not the name cited in the letter. She decides to commit fraud and attend the ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the first Ruth Ware book that I have read. The gothic elements of the book appealed to me (and the magnificent cover), and I was not disappointed. The book is full of dark and twisty story lines and a mysterious and creepy family home, and I thoroughly enjoyed following Hal’s progression as she attempts to uncover the sinister goings-on at the Westaway family home. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a clever, highly atm...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    I love the bleakness in Ware's novels. I love her independent female protagonists, they don't need a man to rely on, or solve their problems, a lot different than the usual damsel in distress. The Death of Mrs Westaway was an exceptionally well-written book. We follow the story of Hal, crushed by her mother's sudden death she's trying to make a living inheriting her Tarot reading business on Brighton pier, until a letter changes her life forever....
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Ruth Ware is back with her third novel, “The Death of Mrs. Westaway”. In this novel, Harriet (Hal) is struggling to make ends meet after the tragic and unexpected death of her mother. Hal is making her meagre living as a fortune teller, following in her mother’s footsteps even though she does not believe in what she pr...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    The thing with Ruth Ware, is that she builds this perfect atmosphere for the set she's trying to create. In A Dark, Dark Wood, we had that hen party drama that, let's face it, is always fun to read. In The Woman in Cabin 10, we have the ship and tense feeling of someone going overboard at any given moment and then in The Lying Game we get back to a group of women and all the drama that can entail. With The Death of Mrs. Westaway, now we have a se...
  • Umut Rados
    For full review, please visit my blog: mystery with no domestic violence, no child abuse, no graphic violence, sexual assault, no wives looking out of the window! Finally, a thriller that doesn't make you feel bad with the content. I loved Ruth Ware's new book to bits. It was very atmospheric, that you feel in the middle of the setting. She engaged me from the beginning till the end. It was not only the m...
  • Amy
    4.5/5Ware’s debut, In A Dark, Dark Wood was one of my favorite reads of 2015 and then The Woman in Cabin 10 was another solid read for me, although I wasn’t as obsessed with it as IADDW. When The Lying Game was released last summer I grabbed a copy but I still haven’t read it. I saw SO many mixed reviews that I just skipped it for now, but all of that to say, as soon as I read the blurb of this one I was excited! It sounded like it would ha...
  • Book of Secrets
    4.5 Stars → Ooo...lots of Gothic goodness. Review coming soon!
  • Janelle
    Many thanks to Gallery Books for my free copy of THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware - all opinions are my own.My favorite Ruth Ware novel to date is an extraordinary, atmospheric, slow burning, suspenseful, and haunting mystery that completely consumed me from beginning to end. Think Agatha Christie with a modern twist!Hal is in her early twenties, alone in the world with no family, a tarot card reader struggling to pay the bills. One day sh...
  • Jennifer
    Ruth Ware has definitely proven her talent with The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Thoroughly developed characters, complex family dynamics, a gothic setting with plenty of engaging foreboding, and a mystery worthy of seasoned was excellent. I love Ruth Ware's storytelling and The Death of Mrs. Westaway is not to be missed. Check it out!My favorite quote:"There is no higher meaning. Some things things happen for no reason. Fate is cruel, an...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    The Death of Mrs. Westaway was an intriguing read with its twist and turns.
  • Nico Tangorra
    First and foremost, #blessed to have been given permission to read this advance copy by NetGalley. Such great friends.Okay. We finally have Ruth Ware's new book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway and WOW GUYS! I loved it so freaking much! After The Lying Game which I considered to be a huge flop, Ruth Ware has resealed her place in my heart with this one.Here we have the character of Hal Westaway, who is your classic Millennial -- dirt broke, neck-deep ...
  • Laura Rash
    Whew!!!! I just gobbled this up like candy in a matter of a few hours! It’s THAT good! I’ve been a fan of all of RW books but those that have said this is the best are absolutely right! A very dark & thrilling mystery that has you plowing thru, pulling your hair, repeatedly asking “what the hell is going on?”. And then suddenly it all falls into place & makes perfect screwed up sense! Bloody brilliant!