Title: The death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Publication date: May 29th, 2018
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 centre of it.
Review: Well, I’ve seen this author around, wondered about all the talk surrounding her books. I was curious, but not enough to pick any of her books and see if they lived up to all the hype.
Then, a few days ago, I found this book available and I decided to give it a try.
Since the title wasn’t an intriguing one, I was just going to skim over the first few pages, just to see what it was all about. I know I could have read the synopsis for that, but I feel like synopsis almost always make me lose interest of the book and I was determined to give this one half a shot.
And what a surprise. I was hooked from the first paragraph.
I just wanted to know, and…. And… and… and the pages kept on turning. It was eleven pm when I started reading, and at ten pm the next day, I was reading the last page
I admit, some of the plot was – not predictable exactly, but not a surprise either. But the author managed to cast enough doubt on the pages that I just had to read one more chapter and see if I was right.
I had so many theories that in a way, I was right at the end, but the details the author weaved in … they were richly put together and the writing was pretty good. The characters felt real, though there were some instances I thought could have been done better.
But all in all, the book was pretty good and I gave it a four star rating. I’ll be picking up “In a dark, dark wood” also by this same author, because I heard it’s pretty good too.
I’ll let you know!
Did you read this book or any books by this author?