The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth WareThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

byRuth Ware

Paperback | May 29, 2018

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Nearly three million copies of Ruth Ware’s books sold worldwide.

The highly anticipated fourth novel from Ruth Ware, The Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of the In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game.

Harriet Westaway—better known as Hal—makes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesn’t believe in the power of her trade. On a day that begins like any other, she receives a mysterious and unexpected letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but she also knows that she can use her cold-reading skills to potentially claim the money.

Hal attends the funeral of the deceased and meets the family...but it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and that the inheritance is 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.
Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. Ruth's second novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, becam...
Title:The Death of Mrs. WestawayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:May 29, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Another great Ruth Ware novel! It was well written and full of suspense!
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite It took me longer than usual to get through this book. I felt like it dragged on and took way too long to get to anything exciting. I would not recommend this to someone.
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best This novel took me a few months to finish, which is not like me at all. It was a chore finishing it the other day. Maybe it was just me, but I could not get into it. By the time the twist comes I forgot who the characters were to even understand it.
Date published: 2018-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great by Ruth This was another amazing book by Ruth. I have read all her books and this was just as good as the others. Can't wait for her to release another one.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another good Ruth Ware book I like Ruth Ware books, and although this book was different than the others, I enjoyed it. A few twists and turns. I figured out the ending part way through the book (but I am rarely surprised by the ending). Good story about living in poverty and what one may do to try to get out of such a situation.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read People around me kept comparing this book to Ware's other books. I haven't read any of Ware's previous books so I had nothing to compare it to. I enjoyed it. It was anything profound but it was a fun summer read. Liked the characters.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best I really enjoyed her first two books, this one was kind of a let down for me. I was expecting it to be a lot better.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great slow start but such a great ending. worth the read!!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant ! I absolutely love Ruth Ware !! Another great book !
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Mystery Hal (Harriet) Westaway is broke and alone living in Brighton where her mother was killed in a hit and run shortly before Hal’s eighteenth birthday. She ekes out a poverty level salary as a tarot card reader at the pier and cannot get out of the debt that she owes a loan shark. With imminent danger lurking from threats of physical punishment for not paying the loan shark, she believes she finds salvation when she receives a letter from a solicitor advising that she is about to receive an inheritance from her grandmother’s estate. The only problem is the deceased, Mrs. Westaway, is not Hal’s grandmother. Hal knows that it is wrong to continue the charade, however, she is desperate – all her bills have been marked “final” and she is days away from an altercation with the loan shark’s henchmen so she travels to Trepassen House and pretends to be Mrs. Westaway’s granddaughter. I have mixed feelings when it comes to Ruth Ware’s books. I have been quite disappointed in two of them but yet really enjoyed The Lying Game so I wasn’t sure what category this one was going to fall into. I really liked the character of Hal and even though the reader knows that what Hal is doing is wrong, you can’t help but hope that it turns out well for her. There was a good mystery story to this book and I didn’t figure it out until the end. This turned out to be a good read for me – 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Page Turner! Ruth Ware writes another tense, nail biting thriller that are hard to put down. Love her novels, aside from The Lying Game which never hooked me.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruth Ware is a genius I love all of her books and this is no exception. It has a bit of a slow burn but it keeps your heart pumping.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from EH Couldn't really get into it. Started a bit slow and lost interest. Generally Ruth' novels are great. I will attempt again
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Love love love Ruth Ware! Always keeps me on the edge of my seat, couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Another great book from Ruth Ware. This one is very intriguing...all the way until the very end. I was really hoping the ending would be different but still...the story is the story, right?
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! I loved the suspense of this book! It was hard to put it down.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I expected more Having read many of Ruth Ware's books, I was really looking forward to this one and I honesty expected a little more from the author. The story was indeed good and interesting, and the ending did surprise me, but it was slow to start.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and Different Super different from Ruth Ware's other books, definitely keeps you guessing at all the mysteries and family secrets. A little slow through the middle section but once I powered through it, I was back to loving the story and the character. Kickass women are Ware's specialty.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My husband couldn't believe how FAST I read this OH BOY - so thrilled to discover this Author. I was swept away immediately and what was supposed to be one of my "week long" reads at the cottage ended in about 3 days. I simply couldn't put this book down. Looking forward to reading more from this Author!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THRILLING END This is my first Ruth Ware book and definitely not my last... Has hard to dig my teeth into it at the beginning but once things got moving, couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. *4.5 star rating* The Death of Mrs. Westaway was an absolute shock. Why a shock, you ask? Because it was completely different from anything Ruth Ware has previously written. This is a twist on your regular old psychological thriller. In fact, I wouldn't really call this a thriller, but a mystery. And I actually loved it, even though it’s not the type of book I usually enjoy. This was a book about a mystery that has run in a family for years, without our protagonist, Hal, even knowing it. As I’m writing this, I’m debating whether I should give this book a 4 or 4.5 star rating, as I am truly confused with the ending. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I felt that the conclusion to the story wasn't properly explained. Ruth Ware’s fourth and newest story revolves around the life of Hal, a young woman living in Brighton, England, surviving based on a small salary she makes through tarot card reading and fortune telling on the beach’s pier. She struggles to make payments and live her life normally until one day, she surprisingly receives a letter in the mail, explaining that her grandmother has passed away and Hal is entitled to a large inheritance. Hal feels like it’s too good to be true, as she knows nothing about her relatives and her own mother’s past, but decides to take the chance and lie. She soon arrives at her “grandmother’s” mansion, where she meets her long-lost “family members,” and things get insane from there. She feels as if someone is watching her, setting up traps for her, forcing her to doubt her mother’s past and everything she thought she knew about herself. I really liked Hal’s character and her personality as a protagonist. Usually, authors of mystery books generate protagonists who are too smart and too knowledgable about everything, making it look like it was easy to solve the mystery. However, Hal had her own flaws, and this just made her seem more human and made the book as a whole seem more real. I totally could imagine this story happening in reality. Those are the kinds of stories I like to read; the ones that I can picture occurring in real life. When I began reading the novel, I must admit that it was very slow paced, however, it eventually picked up around the hundredth page when we reached the point where Hal enters Trespassen, Mrs. Westaway’s mansion. The mansion definitely gave off some creepy vibes. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was a really entertaining read, and I definitely recommend to lovers of Ruth Ware’s writing or people interested in mysteries/thrillers. It was very suspenseful and came with many twists and turns that left me shocked. Aside from the confusing ending and slow pace of the beginning, it was an excellent read that I was able to practically complete during a long road trip. It definitely caught my attention for the whole time.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite author! I have read three of Ruth Ware's novels in a row because she is so captivating. I opened this novel and never wanted to put it down. There are so many twists and turns, you think you have it figured out then BAM, something changes and changes your whole perspective of what is going to happen or who the person is in question. This novel keeps you on your toes the whole way through, Another amazing write for Ruth Ware and I can't wait for the next one!! Her novels come as the highest recommendation I could ever give, amazing author.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most shocking and riveting thrillers I've ever read! This was a fantastic thriller that I was recommended by a fan of Paula Hawkins. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was always compelling, drawing me in by the end of the first chapter and making it so hard to close the book, even after the ending. The plot twists shocked me immensely, and they were quite confusing upon first impression; however, Ruth Ware masterfully leaves clues in all the details portrayed about Hal and her family/history, so all the plot holes are sealed and everything becomes brilliantly interconnected. I could not think of a better ending to the whole wild adventure than what was presented, and the whole book was an extremely satisfying read. This is my first Ruth Ware novel but I am so excited to pick up her other books!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really enjoyed this book, full of family drama and a mystery leading up to how Hal is intertwined in all of it. I couldn't put this one down!! Great twist that I didn't expect!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reminds me of Agatha Christie I enjoy her mysteries, can be read in a day, you easily get caught up in them and they are suspenseful but not scary. This one had lots of intrigue, family dynamics and a gothic old mansion and lots of buried family secrets. A great read I couldn’t put down.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I prefer her other books over this one. The story was okay.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favorite Ruth Ware book I have loved the other Ruth Ware books that I have read. This one felt a little slower and some of characters' actions or comments made me roll my eyes. Still a good suspense story to read.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Nod to the Classic Gothic Genre I liked the other Ruth Ware books and was looking forward to reading this; honestly, I thought this one was her best yet. It was reminiscent of the classic Gothic novel genre complete with broody mansion and hostile housekeeper with a well rounded group of characters. I would recommend if you like mysteries that focus on small twists and turns and also that great genre. Great read!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good I have read 2 of Ruth Ware's other books and really love her style of writing and both were knock out suspense novels. This one definitely stands up and I thought it was an original plot line with lots of mystery and the characters were as always very interesting.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My First Ruth Ware Book.. I enjoyed this book, as it compelled me to get back to it each evening.. a good sign. I've already ordered 'IN A DARK DARK WOOD.' A friend has loaned me 'The Woman in Cabin 10." So, obviously, I'm a fan now.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not sure I was like not as good as the first one but i did finish it cause i bought it
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ruth Ware's Best! Couldn't put this down. Some scenes were so eerie and spooky. The whole novel was super atmospheric. Would recommend saving it for a rainy day.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I finished this book about a month ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Wish Ruth would write a sequel!
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best novel To be honest, I was surprised I didn't like this book more. I am a huge Ruth Ware fan, but this book was not as suspenseful or captivating as two of her other books, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark Dark Wood. I really enjoyed the last 20% of this book when the truth was untangled, but it felt like a much slower moving plot than I had expected from her. Still a necessary read for fans of Ruth Ware.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ruth Ware.. another good read It look a little while to really get into this one compared to her other books but always by the half way point I was totally hooked. 4 out of 5 since I found the start slow and not as scary or creepy but it still kept me guessing the whole time!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read #plumreview This book had interesting characters in a unique setting. I enjoyed the story but found it repetitive. Another good read from this author.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good, but not great! I really love Ruth Ware, but to me, this one was a little less enticing than the others. The story was okay, but I feel like the ending was rushed and not all of my questions were answered... it was an enjoyable book, but I wouldn't say it was one of her best.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and easy read The book had a bit of a slow start and I wasn't sure I was going to like the main character but a few chapters in I was hooked! I found the story interesting and easy to read.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok I was underwhelmed with the ending, and like another reviewer I found it to be somewhat predictable.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ! Ruth Ware is fast becoming my new favorite author! As a library manager, I see a lot of authors and books come across my desk and I get a LOT of recommendations by my patrons. My to be read list is huge and I am so glad I decided to read Ruth Ware's books! I LOVED this book and think it is her best yet! It was very well written and I was hooked from the first chapter. Ruth Ware pulled me in quickly and held my interest throughout the entire book. It is truly a "can't put down" book! If you haven’t read any of Ruth Ware’s books yet - you need to! Trust me - I'm an expert! ;)
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is yet another fantastic book written by Ruth Ware. All of her books are a must read.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing book that you must add to your reading list! This was my very first book I have read by Ruth Ware. I have heard many wonderful things about books written by this author and I was over the moon when I received this book in the mail to read and review. I couldn’t wait to read this book, especially after reading so many wonderful and fabulous reviews from other book bloggers and reviewers online. I couldn’t wait to dive right in. This book is about a young woman named Hal. Hal was raised by a single mother who had passed away due to a car accident a few years ago. Living on her own, Hal follows in her mother’s footsteps and reads tarot cards to make a living and pay her rent, bills, etc. One evening after arriving home from work Hal finds a letter addressed to her. Upon opening the letter, she finds out that a woman named Mrs Westaway has passed away and the letter declares that Hal is to receive a substantial inheritance. But who is Mrs Westaway? The letter states that Hal is Mrs Westaway’s granddaughter, but that isn’t right. Hal quickly realizes that the letter was obviously intended for someone else. Hal doesn’t know what she should do. Should she use her skills as a tarot card reader to pretend to be the person the letter is intended for and attend Mrs Westaway’s funeral and hope no one questions her presence there? Maybe she can get away with gaining this inheritance. It will, after all, help pay off her debts including her bills and her rent that she is falling so desperately behind on. Hal decides to attend the funeral and tries to obtain the inheritance. Many startling secrets are revealed and the Westaway family seem to be hiding something…but what!? It is clear there is something very wrong and off with this family and the inheritance. Hal is determined to figure it all out. I love LOVED this book. It was very well written and I was hooked from the very first chapter. It was written in past and present, mostly focusing on Hal in the present, but we read diary entries from the past. But who has written these diary entries. As you read on the story unfolds and all the secrets and mysteries are revealed. I loved the style of writing in this book. Ruth Ware pulls the audience in and captivates their interest, making you continue turning pages to find out what would happen next. So many lies and betrayal, and the Westaway family, wow, so many secrets there. Without saying too much this book was a wonderful read. I was sad when it was over as I could have read on and on, I didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed it that much! You learn so much from all the characters in this book. You can’t help but to feel connected with them and learn about who they are as a person, how they think and why they act the way that they do. You learn how they were raised and how that shapes them into the adult they are today. I loved the character building in the book and how we learned about their pasts. If you haven’t read any of Ruth Ware’s books yet be sure to check her out And if you haven’t read this book yet be sure to add it to your TBR list. It is so good!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Her Best! I was a big fan of Women in Cabin 10 and wasn't that impressed with the Lying Game so I went into this novel with zero expectations. This one is definitely her best one yet!!! She puts you on a nonstop ride and you can't put the book down until you reach the end.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book but I found it got predictable in the middle
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ruth Ware's best novel I have read all of Ruth Ware's novels and they've all been pretty good, but this one is her best, by far. Took a little bit to get into but once I had, I couldn't put it down. Good, easy summer read.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enticing! This book made me never want to stop reading and I love that feeling! This book was so good and amazingly written!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the writing style of Ruth Ware I've read all of her books and have enjoyed all of them. I guessed some of the story too, but she's such a good writer.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed Reading This I have read some of her other books and I enjoyed reading this one as well. Some of the characters in this book weren't that great. The ending was not bad, even though I guessed some of the plot twists.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was hard for me to get into this book but once it picked up, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was hard to finish It was really difficult to complete this book, it took longer than normal.... Not a captivating read
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I was really looking forward to this read but found it rather dull and the main character uninteresting and seemingly not as observant as she should have been given her talent for tarot reading. The clues were missed until the last 30 pages and the peices of the puzzle overlooked, making this a frustrating read.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Zzzzzzzzz...dull This book was dull. The pacing was slow, the characters were boring, the villain's motivation made no damn sense, and Ruth Ware tried adding some mystery with the main character's family but made it overly convoluted instead. Even the creepy atmosphere of this old estate was wasted.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing Hal the main character travels on a bumpy, scary road from start to finish. Readers will enjoy traveling it with her.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic summer read. I could not put this book down. Ruth Ware just keeps getting better with each new book. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Death of Mrs. Westaway The plot turns you and keeps you interested. Enjoyed.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't recommend this book I just finished this book and that was an effort. The plot was plodding, the characters wooden, I couldn't figure out why the heroine allowed herself to be put in a room in the attic with (you'll find out when you read it) and I would have fired the old bitty Mrs. Warren after 10 minutes. Not my cuppa tea.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book #plumreview. I really enjoyed this book I thought all the characters will well thought out. I could not put it this book down and read it all in one hot day.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Death of Mrs. Westaway I really enjoyed this book! Really spooky and kept me guessing until the end. I was disappointed by the Woman in cabin 10 but really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I am a huge Ruth Ware fan since her first book "In a Dark Dark Wood". The Lying game (her lst book) wasn't one of my favs but this one right back to the same feel she usually has! Great page turner right until the end
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book not bad - grandmother loved it. Not my forte, but then again im a sci fi guy.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good lil mystery This was my second book by Ruth Ware and I enjoyed it better than The Woman in Cabin 10 which is thought was only so-so. Good lil mystery, some aspects are easily spotted while others not so much. Enjoyable to read, recommended.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I've read and enjoyed all of the other books by Ruth Ware, and this was just as good. The story keeps you guessing!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Another hit for Ruth Ware. This one has a lot of atmosphere and takes time to build up the story but was compelling from start to finish. I have read her other books and really enjoy that each is different from the last and that she seems to be avoiding the cliches of thriller novels. I look forward to her next one.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Thriller! Classic thriller set up with a great twist at the end. This is a great page turner that I couldn't put down. This was an extremely quick and easy read thanks to some amazing writing. I have read all of Ruth Ware's novels and I think this may be my favourite! I really connected with the protagonist and loved the way she built up the character. Definitely pick up this book!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Engaging, inspiring and mind blowing. This story will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from solid mystery I was torn between giving this a 3.5 star review and a 4 star one ... but decided to round it up. I liked Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood but didn't enjoy The Woman in Cabin 10, and haven't read The Lying Game ... so I'm "so-so" about her as an author. That said. This book reminded me of old fashioned mystery novels - Agatha Christie-esq - with tension, half told truths, the reader really having very little idea as to what is going to happen. It also reminded me slightly of Rebecca - with our main character being thrown into a situation that is completely out of her hands. Hal - a penniless orphan, receives news that her grandmother has passed away and that she is set to inherit. Due to her circumstances, Hal doesn't actually believe that she is the correct person, but she needs money badly enough that she sets out to convince the remaining family that she is the rightful heir. And then things gets mucky. Hal finds herself in Cornwall surrounded by uncles she never knew about and a mystery that keeps getting more and more complicated until finally we reach the final conclusion (this sounds cryptic, but I don't want to give any spoilers away). I liked the way this was written, I liked the pace of the plot, and the twists and turns. It's not to say that some things weren't predictable - but it was still an enjoyable read. Rather than the type of "thrillers" we are all reading at the moment, this is a good and proper mystery - no big bang at the end, simply a solid story, that falls together really well. Recommended read.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting and Fast Paced I couldn't put this book down! It kept me guessing and on edge throughout the whole book. I've read Ruth's other books and was excited to purchase this one since I've quite enjoyed the others. It lived up to my expectations and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfying Read I could not put this book down. The beginning, with its descriptions of a lonely girl entering a gloomy, Gothic mansion, was pleasantly reminiscent of "The Secret Garden." We're brought along Hal's journey and are just as terrified as she is that her secret will be discovered, only to find that her secret is the least of the lies that have been buried. Very enthralling read!
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and Interesting Read I bought this and finished it in one evening; Ruth Ware does a fantastic job of exploring what it means to balance morality and survival from the eyes of a character you'll wish you could personally root-for and protect. An interesting look at both the love and shadows of family within a mystery you won't be able to put down.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ruth Ware book to date! This book was an amazing read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Super fast paced and an overall great read.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of her best! I've read all of RW's novels, and liked most of them (in a dark dark wood is the best) so I pre-ordered without reading much about it. The tarot aspect was a fun surprise! I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it was ok The summary made it seem very interesting but i just couldnt get into it
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I've been waiting for RW to write a novel as great as The Woman In Cabin 10 and FINALLY! This was fast paced and excellent. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay I absolutely love Ware's other books, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out I was very excited. However, I did not love this book. It was alright, but I didn't find myself invested in the characters or the storyline, and I was expecting a lot more from the twist. It's okay for a light read, but don't expect to be wowed.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I honestly couldn't put it down. This is my first Ruth Ware novel so I don't know if that effects the way I felt about this book, but I have to say from the moment I started it I was reading it at any chance I got. I finished it within 3 days. The story grabbed me right away as I found Hal to be so relatable, I truly felt for her all through the novel. Because of this book I am looking forward to reading the rest of Ruth's books.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Ruth Ware book, but still a good read! I love Ruth Ware and I don't know why! I generally give her books 3 stars and yet I find them so compulsively readable that I always come back for more. I should probably start rating them higher because I cannot say no to a Ruth Ware mystery. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was quite different from all of her other novels. It still features a young English woman as the protagonist, but the mystery element was structured differently in this book and I wouldn't call this one a thriller. At times the central mystery seems quite obvious, but you're never really sure what is going on or if you have it right. The Death of Mrs. Westaway tells the story of Hal Westaway and the Westaway family. Hal is just 21 years old and after losing her mother 3 years prior in a hit and run, she is very much alone in the world. She has no family and in her struggle to make ends meet and pay the bills, she has lost contact with any friends she once had. Her mother was everything to her and she takes over her mothers booth as a tarot card reader on the Brighton Pier to survive. But Hal is falling further and further in debt and they are starting to catch up with her. Then one evening she receives a letter about the death of Mrs. Westaway, her grandmother, and that she has been named in the will and requested at Mrs. Westaway's estate. The problem is that Hal's grandparents have been dead for 20 years and she believes she must have received the letter in error. But the promise of a handout is too alluring and Hal wonders if she can trick this estranged family and walk away with enough money from the will to pay off her debts. Things are definitely off with the rest of the Westaway family though and Hal quickly starts to wonder whether everything is actually as it seems. I think Ware does an excellent job writing Hal in this story. She is totally believable and I could totally empathize with the financial mess she's found herself in and the desperation of trying to do whatever she can to pay her bills. I enjoyed her story arc and growth throughout the novel. I didn't like the rest of the Westaway family though, which I guess is kind of the point because they're all flawed and their flaws make you wonder what is actually going on with this family and what is their real history. But I found it hard to connect with any of the other characters and I didn't find the main twist very surprising. It's more of a "wtf is going on in this book" moment and when the twist is finally revealed it's not really that shocking - it was totally what I was expecting, I just wasn't really sure how the author would take me there. I also thought the red herring was super obvious, although still pretty ominous and I do think it added to the story. Overall not my favourite Ruth Ware book, but don't doubt for a second that I won't still be first in line to read whatever she writes next!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Mystery This book was perfect for me,it reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie murder mystery. It was dark,twisting and full of rather creepy and interesting family members. Good book for the beach and cottage. Read it in one happy afternoon sitting.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read I gave my history book kick a break and picked this up on a whim. I was not disappointed! Lovely novel sure to keep you turning pages until the very last page. Full of mystery, I found it also embraced the flaws of people and family turmoil shared by everyone to some degree which was refreshing. #plumrewards
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it !!!!!! This book was so good I couldn't put it down! Finished the book in 6 hours. Highly recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book very engaging and a page turner, couldnt put this book down!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The story of a bizarre family Ruth Ware's latest mystery is darker than the previous two, and I found it less captivating. The story concerns the Westaway family. The matriarch has passed away and young Harriet Westaway, living and working as a tarot card reader in Brighton, England, receives a letter from Mrs. Westaway's solicitor indicating Harriet is Mrs. Westaway's granddaughter and is one of her heirs. As the book progresses, there are twists and turns, and the secrets of the Westaway family are revealed.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping mystery I picked up the advance copy of this book and couldn't put it down. Atmospheric, mysterious with lots of sinister characters, taking place in a landscape that was cold and unforgiving. I loved the protagonist Hal, but didn't always trust her and the story had me guessing until the end.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For all fans of mysteries I highly recommend this book to any who enjoys a good mystery.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atmospheric and suspenseful THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY plucked me from the warm spring weather and dropped me into sub-zero England, where snow and ice chilled me to the bone. Poor Hal was attacked from all angles, including the climate itself, and that sense of loneliness—of Hal being on her own with nobody to rely on—cranked up the tension from the get-go and didn’t let up for the duration. So basically, THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY was everything I want in a suspense novel and a solid choice if you’re in the mood to figure out a mystery.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stayed up late with this one! Oh, Ruth Ware, you've done it again - kept me up very late, frantically turning page after page. The Death of Mrs. Westaway has just released - and it's one you're going to want to add to your summer reading list. Harriet (who goes by the nickname Hal) makes her living as a tarot card reader on the pier in Brighton. When her mother passed away, Hal stepped into the job. But, she's in financial straits and owes the local loan shark. When a letter arrives from a lawyer telling her that her grandmother has died and asking her to attend the funeral and reading of the will, Hal is sure it is a mistake. Right name, wrong person. But......maybe also a chance to clear those debts? "And she felt a shiver of something run through her - the same shiver she felt she switched on the light outside her booth, and stepped into her role." Great set up! And it just gets better from there. The Death of Mrs. Westaway has all the elements of a great Gothic tale - a death, crumbling old mansion, dour housekeeper, bickering relatives, odd behavior and of course - secrets. A past and present narrative keeps the reader guessing as to what those secrets might be. The past is presented in journal entries from an unknown writer. Clues to the final answers can be found in the entries, but Ware's narrative is clever, keeping the reader guessing to the last pages. In the present, it's hard to be sure who is telling the truth. Each family member seems to have secrets they'd like to keep buried. A pervasive sense of danger haunts the halls of Trepassen House...... The Death of Mrs. Westaway was a deliciously creepy, addictive, page turning, wonderful read for me. (But I finished it too quickly!) And I learned quite a bit about tarot cards along the way as well.) Definitely recommended!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a slow burning mystery worth the read. Ware excels at creating atmosphere within her novels. From the first page to the last, the setting enthralls the reader. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is Ware at her best. The novel takes place in mansion on a large piece of land, so the reader is immediately captivated by the intensity of the setting. Ware communicates clearly the creepiness of the estate and pairs it with sketchy characters and lies. What I enjoyed most about The Death of Mrs. Westaway was the main character’s, Hal, grounding in the occult, more specifically tarot cards. This framing is used throughout the novel in a variety of situations that are not always directly connected to the cards themselves. I enjoyed Ware’s take on the cards and their various meanings as I’m not a strong proponent of the occult. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a slow burning mystery that doesn’t unfold until the final few pages. However, the novel doesn’t feel slow. Ware unfolds the mystery slowly without letting the reader get bored at any point during the novel. This is in part due to the main character, Hal. She’s insightful, intelligent, and her relationship to her mother plays a prominent role in her characterization and development of the plot. Family dynamics play an interesting role in the mystery. New people with secrets of their own surround Hal as she tries to navigate the deliciously twisted waters of the new relationships around her and get what she wants. Ware’s writing keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as she makes you question your own logic and initial judgments of these characters. Overall, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a slow burning mystery worth the read. If you’re looking for a mystery grounded in a creepy atmosphere with compelling characters, look no further!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 is well done with a cast of characters that are complex, troubled, and resourceful. The setting, Trepassen House, is a character itself with its dereliction, isolation, abundance of magpies, and multitude of secrets. And the plot is well crafted and builds subtly to create tension and suspicion as it unravels all the deceptions, lies, personalities, and relationships within it. Overall, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is another gripping, eerie, intelligent page-turner by Ware with a classical crime style that is guaranteed to mystify, surprise, and keep you guessing until the very last page.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A modern Gothic Novel - The best of Ruth Ware The Death of Mrs. Westeraway By Ruth Ware I have enjoyed all of Ruth Ware's novels, but this last one, The Death of Mrs. Westaway has to be the best by far....This book is written differently than her other novels as it is a Modern Gothic Novel, and gothic novels are my favourite genre of books. I found this book to be on par with Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. It has the poor, unhappy, frightened and lonely female protagonist, the strange inheritance of a dark, old atmospheric large country estate, a family full of secrets and lies, an eerie and hateful housekeeper, a very gripping plot, interesting characters, suspense and a feeling of foreboding, that makes it impossible to put the book down. Years of lies and secrets, death and deceit brings Harriet 'Hal' Westaway to a secret family she never knew existed, and to a terror and danger she could not get away from. A big thank you to Netgalley for the chance to receive an advanced copy of the book and for allowing me to give an honest review.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring This is the same as all her others. Same kind of plot with unstable protagonists that you can't possibly like, who are annoying.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Favourite Author I just discovered Ruth Ware this year and she's turning into a new favourite author for me. She so easily immerses me in her stories. The setting of the big, Gothic mansion that's permanently freezing and has fallen into disrepair is really ominous and I loved the addition of the magpies, which are probably the creepiest animals ever. Ware is SO good at making you trust a character, and then only pages later making you absolutely certain that they are evil incarnate. I love the way she's able to keep me guessing until the big reveal.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Thank you to the Author, the Publisher and to Netgalley. I previously read The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware and really enjoyed, and was very much looking forward to reading this book. About halfway through the book, I thought that I would give this book a 3 star rating, it was good, but it moved a little bit slow, and was a little bit repetitive. I knew that there was a twist at the end, and I thought that I had figured everything out at the halfway point. The second half of the book was had a much quicker pace, and I was finding it really hard to put down. The ending was a little bit dark, but really good. The only thing that I really wished was that there was an epilogue so that I could see where things were 2-5 years later. I would give this a 4 star rating and would recommend it to friends.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read Thriller Definitely my favourite Ruth Ware book to date! While I enjoyed The Lying Game and The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway gripped my attention the entire way. I found myself bleary eyed and blinking back into reality after devouring the book in a couple of sittings. The setting is gloomy and gothic, but Ware doesn't make the common genre trope into a cliche. The tension and backstory helps build the plot with the right amount of pacing. I particularly loved the contrast between the old mansion setting and the new generation of the Westaway family. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a chilling and twisting thriller!
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK This book definitely surprised me. I enjoyed Woman in Cabin 10 but was disappointed with the Lying Game, so I went into this book with low expectations. Well that worked to my advantage as I was pleasantly surprised at this one. Set in a gothic mansion filled with deception and deep family secrets, this book had me hiding under the covers while reading. I enjoyed the dark, gothic presence in both the setting and the characters. It was a brilliant plot and I would recommend this read to Ruth Ware fans.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from beach worthy thriller! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review! This is a novel about Hal, a young down-on-her-luck tarot card reader. She receives a letter in the mail informing her that she is named in the will of a recently deceased elderly woman. She doesn't believe that this woman is her relative, but the possible inheritance is an alluring solution to her financial problems - so Hal decides to try an overcome her moral qualms and pursue the inheritance using her cold reading skills. Upon arriving at the funeral/family estate, Hal is thrust into decades of familial animosity and tension which is exacerbated by the oddness of the will. This is a beach-read level thriller, as are her other novels - however, "Westaway" showed growth for Ware as a writer. Between the gothic atmosphere of the family estate and the well rounded cast of characters, she's definitely won me back after the lackluster "The Lying Game".
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruth Ware's Best Book Yet I’m a huge fan of Ruth Ware and this is my favourite book of hers to date. It is a hard-to-put-down mystery full of family secrets and gothic atmosphere that is a perfect summer read. The main character, Hal, is especially well developed. Reading this book felt like peeling an onion, as layer upon layer of the plot revealed itself. I can hardly wait for Ruth’s next novel! With gratitude to Ruth Ware for this highly entertaining book and to Simon & Schuster Canada, Scout Press/Gallery Books and netgallery for my advanced ecopy.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yet another great story yet another great story beautifully delivered by this great author
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Perfectly Twisting Mystery from the new Queen of Thrillers Ruth Ware - you never, never disappoint me. Book #4 and you still have me on the edge of my seat, for a one-sitting read. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was the perfect mystery thriller for me to jump back into, after what feels like a long stretch of staying away from my favourite genre. Completely different from her first 3 books in story, but true to form, so deliciously addicting, waiting to see where these twists will take us. Hal Westaway is struggling. Working as a cold-read tarot card reader on the local pier, collecting final notices for her bills, alone in the world, Hal cannot imagine how she will make it to the next week without becoming I LOVED that Hal reads tarot - as someone who loves tarot cards without end. It made for such a fresh twist on a lead character, and such a creative way to unravel details of the story. I also loved how perfectly paced the story was - it kept ratcheting up the tension knowing that something was wrong, but not being able to put your finger on where the threat was coming from. The characters are wonderfully diverse in personality, with perfectly real flaws and tics that made them feel very real as you were reading them. It can also not be left unsaid, that Ruth knows how to write a creepy atmosphere - as a reader, I can feel the damp and chill coming off the page, and I read this book wrapped up in a pile of blankets with a huge cup of tea, and then wine, to stay warm. homeless, or worse. And then she receives a mysterious letter in the mail - a letter saying she is to inherit a substantial amount. She knows this must be a mistake - but her desperation makes her wonder if she could bluff her way into this money. Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a situation where nothing makes sense, except her instinct that something is very, very wrong. Twisty and atmospheric, this will be one that mystery lovers are going to devour.
Date published: 2018-04-07

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Chapter 1   The girl leaned, rather than walked, into the wind, clutching the damp package of fish and chips grimly under one arm even as the gale plucked at the paper, trying to unravel the parcel and send the contents skittering away down the seafront for the seagulls to claim.      As she crossed the road her hand closed over the crumpled note in her pocket, and she glanced over her shoulder, checking the long dark stretch of pavement behind her for a shadowy figure, but there was no one there. No one she could see, anyway.      It was rare for the seafront to be completely deserted. The bars and clubs were open long into the night, spilling drunk locals and tourists onto the pebbled beach right through until dawn. But tonight, even the most hardened partygoers had decided against venturing out, and now, at 9:55 p.m. on a wet Tuesday, Hal had the promenade to herself, the flashing lights of the pier the only sign of life, apart from the gulls wheeling and crying over the dark restless waters of the channel.      Hal’s short black hair blew in her eyes, her glasses were misted, and her lips were chapped with salt from the sea wind. But she hitched the parcel tighter under her arm and turned off the seafront into one of the narrow residential streets of tall white houses, where the wind dropped with a suddenness that made her stagger and almost trip. The rain didn’t let up. In fact, away from the wind it seemed to drizzle more steadily, if anything, as she turned again into Marine View Villas.      The name was a lie. There were no villas, only a slightly shabby little row of terraced houses, their paint peeling from constant expo- sure to the salty air. And there was no view—not of the sea or any- where else. Maybe there had been once, when the houses were built. But since then taller, grander buildings had gone up, closer to the sea, and any view the windows of Marine View Villas might once have had was reduced to brick walls and slate roofs, even from Hal’s attic flat. Now the only benefit to living up three flights of narrow, rickety stairs was not having to listen to neighbors stomping about above your head.      Tonight, though, the neighbors seemed to be out—and had been for some time, judging by the way the door stuck on the clump of junk mail in the hall. Hal had to shove hard, until it gave and she stumbled into the chilly darkness, groping for the automatic timer switch that governed the lights. Nothing happened. Either a fuse had blown, or the bulb had burned out.      She scooped up the junk mail, doing her best in the dim light filtering in from the street to pick out the letters for the other tenants, and then began the climb up to her own attic flat.      There were no windows on the stairwell, and once she was past the first flight, it was almost pitch-black. But Hal knew the steps by heart, from the broken board on the landing to the loose piece of car- pet that had come untacked on the last flight, and she plodded wearily upwards, thinking about supper and bed. She wasn’t even sure if she was hungry anymore, but the fish and chips had cost £5.50, and judging by the number of bills she was carrying, that was £5.50 she couldn’t afford to waste.      On the top landing she ducked her head to avoid the drip from the skylight, opened the door, and then at last, she was home.      The flat was small, just a bedroom opening off a kind of wide hallway that did duty as both kitchen and living room, and every- thing else. It was also shabby, with peeling paint and worn carpet, and wooden windows that groaned and rattled when the wind came off the sea. But it had been Hal’s home for all of her twenty-one years, and no matter how cold and tired she was, her heart never failed to lift, just a little bit, when she walked through the door.      In the doorway, she paused to wipe the salt spray off her glasses, polishing them on the ragged knee of her jeans, before dropping the paper of fish and chips on the coffee table.      It was very cold, and she shivered as she knelt in front of the gas fire, clicking the knob until it flared, and the warmth began to come back into her raw red hands. Then she unrolled the damp, rain- spattered paper packet, inhaling as the sharp smell of salt and vinegar filled the little room.      Spearing a limp, warm chip with the wooden fork, she began to sort through the mail, sifting out takeout fliers for recycling and put- ting the bills into a pile. The chips were salty and sharp and the battered fish still hot, but Hal found a slightly sick feeling was growing in the pit of her stomach as the stack of bills grew higher. It wasn’t so much the size of the pile but the number marked FINAL DEMAND that worried her, and she pushed the fish aside, feeling suddenly nauseated.      She had to pay the rent—that was nonnegotiable. And the electricity was high on the list too. Without a fridge or lights, the little flat was barely habitable. The gas . . . well it was November. Life without heating would be uncomfortable, but she’d survive.      But the one that really made her stomach turn over was different from the official bills. It was a cheap envelope, obviously hand- delivered, and all it said on the front, in ballpoint letters, was “Harriet Westerway, top flat.”      There was no sender’s address, but Hal didn’t need one. She had a horrible feeling that she knew who it was from.      Hal swallowed a chip that seemed to be stuck in her throat, and she pushed the envelope to the bottom of the pile of bills, giving way to the overwhelming impulse to bury her head in the sand. She wished passionately that she could hand the whole problem over to someone older and wiser and stronger to deal with.      But there was no one. Not anymore. And besides, there was a tough, stubborn core of courage in Hal. Small, skinny, pale, and young she might be—but she was not the child people routinely assumed. She had not been that child for more than three years.      It was that core that made her pick the envelope back up and, biting her lip, tear through the flap.      Inside there was just one sheet of paper, with only a couple of sentences typed on it.      Sorry to have missed you. We would like to discuss you’re financial situation. We will call again.      Hal’s stomach flipped and she felt in her pocket for the piece of paper that had turned up at her work this afternoon. They were identical, save for the crumples and a splash of tea that she had spilled over the first one when she opened it.      The message on them was not news to Hal. She had been ignoring calls and texts to that effect for months.      It was the message behind the notes that made her hands shake as she placed them carefully on the coffee table, side by side.      Hal was used to reading between the lines, deciphering the importance of what people didn’t say, as much as what they did. It was her job, in a way. But the unspoken words here required no decoding at all.      They said, We know where you work.      We know where you live.      And we will come back.   •     •     •   The rest of the mail was just junk and Hal dumped it into the recycling before sitting wearily on the sofa. For a moment she let her head rest in her hands—trying not to think about her precarious bank balance, hearing her mother’s voice in her ear as if she were standing behind her, lecturing her about her A-level revision. Hal, I know you’re stressed, but you’ve got to eat something! You’re too skinny!      I know, she answered, inside her head. It was always that way when she was worried or anxious—her appetite was the first thing to go. But she couldn’t afford to get ill. If she couldn’t work, she wouldn’t get paid. And more to the point, she could not afford to waste a meal, even one that was damp around the edges, and getting cold.      Ignoring the ache in her throat, she forced herself to pick up another chip. But it was only halfway to her mouth when something in the recycling bin caught her eye. Something that should not have been there. A letter in a stiff white envelope, addressed by hand, and stuffed into the bin along with the takeout menus.      Hal put the chip in her mouth, licked the salt off her fingers, and then leaned across to the bin to pick it out of the mess of old papers and soup tins.      Miss Harriet Westaway, it said. Flat 3c, Marine View Villas, Brighton. The address was only slightly stained with the grease from Hal’s fingers and the mess from the bin. She must have shoved it in there by mistake with the empty envelopes. Well, at least this one couldn’t be a bill. It looked more like a wedding invitation—though that seemed unlikely. Hal couldn’t think of anyone who would be getting married.      She shoved her thumb in the gap at the side of the envelope and ripped it open.      The piece of paper she pulled out wasn’t an invitation. It was a letter, written on heavy, expensive paper, with the name of a solicitor’s firm at the top. For a minute Hal’s stomach seemed to fall away, as a landscape of terrifying possibilities opened up before her. Was someone suing her for something she’d said in a reading? Or—oh      God—the tenancy on the flat. Mr. Khan, the landlord, was in his seventies and had sold all of the other flats in the house, one by one. He had held on to Hal’s mainly out of pity for her and affection for her mother, she was fairly sure, but that stay of execution could not last forever. One day he would need the money for a care home, or his diabetes would get the better of him and his children would have to sell. It didn’t matter that the walls were peeling with damp, and the electrics shorted if you ran a hair dryer at the same time as the toaster. It was home—the only home she’d ever known. And if he kicked her out, the chances of finding another place at this rate were not just slim, they were nil.      Or was it . . . but no. There was no way he would have gone to a solicitor.      Her fingers were trembling as she unfolded the page, but when her eyes flicked to the contact details beneath the signature, she realized, with a surge of relief, that it wasn’t a Brighton firm. The address was in Penzance, in Cornwall.      Nothing to do with the flat—thank God. And vanishingly unlikely to be a disgruntled client, so far from home. In fact, she didn’t know anyone in Penzance at all.      Swallowing another chip, she spread the letter out on the coffee table, pushed her glasses up her nose, and began to read.        Dear Miss Westaway,      I am writing at the instruction of my client, your grandmother, Hester Mary Westaway of Trepassen House, St Piran.      Mrs Westaway passed away on 22nd November, at her home. I appreciate that this news may well come as a shock to you; please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.      As Mrs Westaway’s solicitor and executor, it is my duty to contact beneficiaries under her will. Because of the substantial size of the estate, probate will need to be applied for and the estate assessed for inheritance tax liabilities, and the process of disbursement cannot begin until this has taken place. However if, in the meantime, you could provide me with copies of two documents confirming your identity and address (a list of acceptable forms of ID is attached), that will enable me to begin the necessary paperwork.      In accordance with the wishes of your late grandmother,  I am also instructed to inform beneficiaries of the details of her funeral. This is being held at 4 p.m. on 1st December at St Piran’s Church, St Piran. As local accommodation is very limited, family members are invited to stay at Trepassen House, where a wake will also be held.      Please write to your late grandmother’s housekeeper Mrs Ada Warren if you would like to avail yourself of the offer of accommodation, and she will ensure a room is opened up for you.      Please accept once again my condolences, and the assurance of my very best attentions in this matter.      Yours truly,      Robert Treswick      Treswick, Nantes and Dean      Penzance        A chip fell from Hal’s fingers onto her lap, but she did not stir. She only sat, reading and rereading the short letter, and then turning to the accepted-forms-of-identification document, as if that would elucidate matters.      Substantial estate . . . beneficiaries of the will . . . Hal’s stomach rumbled, and she picked up the chip and ate it almost absently, trying to make sense of the words in front of her.      Because it didn’t make sense. Not one bit. Hal’s grandparents had been dead for more than twenty years.  

Editorial Reviews

“Ruth Ware has written an exciting and amazing book that never stops circling the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes.”