REVIEW: The Death of Mrs Westaway, Ruth Ware

Thursday, 6 December 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.

The Death of Mrs Westaway is a fast-paced, engaging gothic mystery... if slightly annoying and prone to narrative leaps that are frankly, too far-fetched and extraordinary to be fully believed. That is not to say that I did not enjoy it, because I did. In fact, I sat in my living room and read it in its entirety over the course of an afternoon. And sometimes, that is all that I need from a mystery/thriller — not for it to be a literary masterpiece or a marvellous work of fiction, just an intriguing whodunnit that will help a few hours pass by. But with that being said, I will probably not be picking up another Ruth Ware book in the future, if the rumours are to be believed and that this is the strongest of all of her novels, because The Death of Mrs Westaway was a level of average that I could handle, but anything worse than it? That would be a whole different story.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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