The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there ...more
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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 others so I have had to bag an arc to be able to read ...more
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 months. Ms. Ware has been a highly coveted name in rece ...more
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 died long before she was born. Even though she knows ...more
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 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 th ...more
Harriet (Hal) Westaway grew up with a loving mother in a tiny flat, until every child's worst nightmare comes to fruition. In one fateful moment, Hal loses her mother and the only security and family she has ever known. Having spent the last few years adjusting to such a life altering change, she has settled into living day-to-day working as a tarot card reader on a pier. Hal is running low on cash, she's go ...more
So, 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 quickly devoured like a lot of this genre's current ...more
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 tarot reading kiosk on the pier in order to pay the bill ...more
The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a twisted tale of long-buried secrets and deceptions.
Mostly set at a decrepit old estate property where the coldness gets under your skin. I enjoyed the setting most of all. I went into this hoping for a solid gothic atmosphere that would pull me into the story and that's exactly what I got.
Our 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, bel ...more
“Seven for a secret, never to be told.”
This was my first Ruth Ware book, but sadly it wasn’t a hit with me. But looking at my friend’s reviews, I do think I might be in the minority with my feelings. I will say that the atmosphere was eerie and perfect. I will also say that the writing and prose was beautiful. But I’m not someone who reads a lot of thrillers or mysteries, but even I could see all the reveals in this one coming a mile away.
“One for Joy. One for love. One for the future.”...more
When Harriet- aka- Hal, receives a mysterious letter informing her that she’s been named in her grandmothers will, and stands to receive a substantial sum of money, she knows immediately a mistake has been made. But, her Tarot Card Booth is not getting the bills paid and her creditors are breathing down her neck, some of which have become threatening. Facing a moral dilemma, with her back against a wall, Hal decides to take ...more
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.
THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by RUTH WARE is a slow-building, dark, atmospheric, and gothic mystery that had me somewhat engaged, entertained, and interested enough throughout this book to keep me turning those ...more
And what a twisty, fantastic story it was! An old crumbling estate, a malevolent housekeeper, a dysfunctional family, long-held family secrets, missing people…. all elements that I love in a tale that oozes a menacing gothic atmosphere.
The story opens with 21-year-old Hal, who was left all alone in the world 3 years ago after her mother’s deat ...more
First, I want to point out that stunning Gothic book cover: bleak foggy weather, black iron gate, and menacing magpies looming overhead... It fits this dark, atmospheric tale perfectly!
Harriet Westaway, who goes by Hal, ekes out a living as a tarot card reader on the pier in Brighton. Hal is alone in the world, and life is a struggle, especially during the off-season when clients are scarce.
Things are pretty bad for Hal, until one day she receive ...more
Get out- if you know what's good for you. While you still can...
This book follows the story of Hal; She has no family, she lives alone in a decaying flat, she makes her money by tarot reading during the day, she's mainly broke and she owes a lot of money to some loan sharks. When Hal receives a mysterious letter addressed to her- a letter concerning an inheritance- she is keen to find out more. She realises the letter was sent to the wrong person, however, through her ...more
“It seems . . . well, it seems as if Mrs. Westaway did know what she was doing when she drafted that will.” (c)
Well, she most definitely did. Some very convoluted bloodlines and twists and fate doing a lot more than could have been expected. A lovely novel.
Q: As I sit here in the drawing room, writing this, I can feel it—my secret—burning me up from the inside with a joy so fierce that I think it must sometimes be visible through my skin. (c)
I will never feel sad again, in spite of everythi ...more
It didn’t take long for me to feel completely immersed in this haunting tale. The damp and dark weather. The old, crumbling mansion. The family full of lies and long hidden secrets. This is my kind of book! I have read every one of Ruth Ware’s novels and this is by far, my favourite!
This book revolves around twenty-one year old Harriet Westaway “Hal”, who took over her mother’s tarot card reading business ...more
Although there were many things I liked about this one, it did not live up to my expectations. I just loved Woman in Cabin 10, but didn't really enjoy The Lying Game. I'll try to explain why this fell flat for me.
I thought the premise was mysterious and intriguing - a letter about an inheritance that was sent to the wrong person ( I was imagining all kinds of sinister scenarios). The mystery turned into a messed-up family drama with confusing side stories and was lacking susp ...more
Norma and I started off lost in a coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters. By the time we finished this story we ended up in different coulees with how we felt about this story. Norma and I were left in the our heads are spinning barren coulee with 2 sisters, while three sisters were left sleepy from staying up all night and dancing in the garden lush coulee.
Ruth Ware does a great job of creating an engaging and intriguing story, and this story had all the el ...more
Hal, a struggling tarot card reader who is in financial trouble, receives a mysterious letter describing an inheritance she is owed from a distant relative, her grandmother, Mrs. Westaway. It seems too good to be true and she knows it’s likely a mistake, but Hal is desperate and curious, so she makes the trip to see what this is all about. Upon arriving, she meets 3 uncles she was unaware of - H ...more
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 from her Grandmother. Curious and in desperate financial ...more
This is going to be a very biased review because I love all of this author’s books. Hal (or Harriet) is a tarot-card reader who receives a letter bequeathing her an inheritance. She knows she is not the person the letter is addressed to but she could definitely benefit from claiming this money.
Soon, Hal heads to the address on the letter and what she finds and who she meets is not what she expected at all!
Wow, this was an excelle ...more
The opening lines of the story are enough to pull you right in the story & The Death of Mrs. Westaway does just that. The cryptic verse & the novel’s opening set on a dark and stormy night sets the tone for the rest of the book and makes you want to read right till the end.
Hal is an orphan, living on her meagre income as a tarot reader. One day, she recei...more
It's all in the cards......or is it?
Harriet "Hal" Westaway settles into her small booth on the pier in Brighton. She palms the Tarot cards across the table for another customer. Truth be told, Hal eyes each individual for clues into their current situations. The future doesn't always come easy and the cards often set up in contrasting ways. Hal recognizes that long face of desper ...more
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Because superstition was a trap – that was what she had learned, in the years of plying her trade on the pier. Touching wood, crossing fingers, counting magpies – they were all lies, all of them. False promises designed to give the illusion of control and meaning in a world in which the only destiny came from yourself. You can't predict the future, Hal knew.”