Saturday, September 12, 2020

Review: The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

Title: The Death of Mrs Westaway
AuthorRuth Ware
Year Published: 2018

Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)United Kingdom

FTC Disclosure: I paid for this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
 
Review: Ah, a weekend with only a little bit of work, which means I read/finished a book! This thriller kept my attention even though it started out a little slow for me. Once it got going, I was hooked.

I don't have a long review for this one as I can sum up what I liked pretty quickly. Hal is a good main character; I sympathized with her and wanted her to be safe and figure out what the heck is going on with her "family." The other characters are all sufficiently creepy enough that I wasn't sure who I trusted and who I didn't. That's good in a thriller. 

The setting also worked for me since it's the UK and I love that they are always offering one another a cup of tea.

If you want a fast-paced thriller, this is a good one.

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