The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Book - 2018
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"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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Gallery/Scout Press, 2018
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501156212
Branch Call Number: FIC Ware
Characteristics: 368 pages


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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"

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.

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.

Mar 17, 2019

What was Erza's motivation?

Mar 09, 2019

Why is there no large-print edition?

Feb 21, 2019

looking for Diana Nyad (Find my Way)

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.

Feb 03, 2019

Ruth Ware did not disappoint. Her storytelling sucks me in every time to the characters' lives. She has me guessing the entire time until the big reveal at the end which I never see coming. This book is about Hal who can barely survive after her mum died right before Hal was to attend college. She reads Tarot cards on the pier and has borrowed money from a guy she never should have borrowed from. Then she receives a letter that her grandmother has died and has left her something in her will. Thinking it is a mistake, Hal goes there to pull a con and get a little bit of money. What she gets instead is not what she expected. The Westaway family is strange. The housekeeper seems like a mean old bat and Hal knows there is something not being said. Truths not being told. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I listened to the audiobook at work and loved the British accent of the narrator. Also, you know a book is good if I can be totally submersed in the story and still get work done. I can't wait to read more by Ms. Ware.

Jan 28, 2019

Author Ruth Ware has done it once again with THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY, an atmospheric gothic thriller with a plot twist I didn’t see coming.

Jan 26, 2019

Terrible. I didn't even bother finishing this book. I have read a couple of her other books and didn't care for them, either. I haven't read The Lying Game and even though I have it here, both books are going straight back to the library.
Weak characters, especially Hal, if she said "I'm sorry" one more time I was going to vomit.
If you want to read some finely written suspense/thriller books, give Sarah Waters a try. Fingersmith is an amazing book and The Paying Guests is also very good.
I'm finished with Ruth Ware.

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