Book Review: The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for the free ARC copy of this book!

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!

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

    1. Thank you. Yes I definitely am a fan of her books now after reading this one and plan to read all her other books I can find 🙂 She is a fab writer for sure. I’ve heard In A Dark Dark Wood is fantastic. I am excited to read it.


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