The Death of Mrs. Westaway (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Death of Mrs. Westaway (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Ruth Ware

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ISBN-13: 9781982103088
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,120
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. 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, and is The New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game. Her next book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, will be available in May 2018. She is married with two small children. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in two days. I have read all Ruth Ware's books and this is the best one. Her other books are good but this one really grabs you. A good mystery and the ending is right on. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is my favorite . ....Loved the setting and the characters. Read it in one sitting..,tho my eyes protested mightily !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not out this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much different than Woman in Cabin 10, but equally as enthralling! Reminiscent of early Victoria Holt, Daphne du Maurier and Emily Bronte.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with plot twists and turns galore! Well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best yet. Loved the setting. Waiting for her next book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Ruth Ware that I have read and I enjoyed it immensely! The characters have depth, feel real, and quickly take on a life of their own. The story itself is gripping and wrapped in mystery until the very end. The setting (the Westaway estate) in which the bulk of the story takes place is well fleshed out and quickly takes on a life of its own. Bravo, Mrs. Ware. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than Cabin 10 which I did not like. Somewhat repetitious, but the unraveling of the mystery is well thought out. The tarot card descriptions are interesting and integrated into the main character's thoughts. The dialogue for the main character Hal is poor. For the most part, Hal begins and ends with "I..I...uh.." This is my biggest criticism. The ending is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Didn't want to put it down. I've read all of Ruth Ware's books...she's one of my top favorite authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got half way through and thought I figured it out, but there was still half a book to go and I was wondering what else could happen to take up the rest of the pages. Then the book was over. Couldn’t believe how quickly it went. Totally absorbing plot and intense characters. This is a page ;turner!
Fictionophile More than 1 year ago
This is the second Ruth Ware title I have read. Her debut novel “In a dark, dark wood” was a very enjoyable read so I had high expectations of this, her fourth novel. I was not disappointed (even though the author included a telling clue within the first chapters). I liked Hal’s character and was invested in her plight. Family secrets are always a draw for me, and this novel was rife with them. Secrets, lies, deception and betrayal in an atmospheric setting make for an enjoyable thriller.
miss_mesmerized More than 1 year ago
Harriet Westaway, called Hal, is broke, totally broke. When she receives a letter stating that her grandmother has died and she is to inherit a substantial sum, this seems to be the solution to all her problems. Yet: the dead woman simply cannot be her grandmother. They share the same last name, but all the dates on the birth certificates show that there must have been a mistake. Nevertheless, she travels to Cornwall to the funeral where she meets “her family”: Harding, Abel and Ezra – presumably her mother Maud’s brothers. Before Maud died three years ago, she never spoke of neither her family nor Hal’s father, she and her mother were all family she had and now, she got three uncles and their families. Hal feels uncomfortable betraying them, even though they apparently do much better in life than she herself and they easily could do without a couple of pounds. But more than the nagging bad conscience she senses that the old mansion, Trepassen, she is staying at has some secrets to hide – especially the deceased Mrs Westaway’s servant Mrs Warren seems to know something she does not want to share – and she recognises Hal. How could that be? I have read several of Ruth Ware’s novels and I like that she always finds a completely new story and that you are not reminded of any former books – a problem of so many authors who seem to write the same novel over and over again. Even though Ware has become famous for her psychological thrillers, I wouldn’t classify “The Death of Mrs Westaway” as one, for me it is rather a suspenseful family drama without the big thrill but a lot of secrets and mysteries. What I liked especially was the setting of the old house in which all the secrets have lain buried for two decades. The floor boards creak when you walk on them, there is an old study with masses of books and you can hear the wind howl. Plus, the secretive family who is not very open and welcoming to the stranger and who surely does not want any old stories to be uncovered. For her protagonist, Ruth Ware has chosen a very unique character. A young orphaned woman is not that rare in those kinds of novels, however, Hal is a tarot reader and has a special capacity of reading people – in order to tell them what they want to hear. She herself does not believe in the cards as fortune-tellers, they are much more providing guidance and concentration at the facts at hand. The story itself is captivating immediately since you anxiously wait until Hal’s deliberate deception is revealed and she is thrown-out. Then you realise that things might be a bit more complicated and the further you get, the more pieces of the puzzle appear leading to a new picture. There are many small aspects which make the novel absolutely outstanding, first of all the title which seems so simple since you know right from the start that a certain Mrs Westaway has died. Yet, at the end, there is much more to this than you might have guessed at first. Second, Harriet has a tattoo of a magpie, a reference to her mother and closely linked to Trepassen – which is a corruption of the Cornish word for magpie farm. She calls herself “Hal” which is also the name of the goddess of death in Norse mythology and whom the magpies served. All in all, a captivating read in which it is worth looking at the details.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Harriet (Hal) Westaway lives in a tiny flat in Brighton. She works in a little kiosk on the beach reading tarot cards for customers while barely earning enough money to keep herself. Her mother had been the one reading the cards until a year ago when she was hit and killed crossing the street. Hal has been devastated at the loss of her mother as it has always just been the two of them. Her mother would never tell Hal the name of her father saying he was just a one night stand and she has no idea where he is. One day, Hal receives a letter from a solicitor saying that her grandmother, Mrs. Hestor Westaway of Trepassen House, has recently passed way leaving a large estate and Hal is a beneficiary. The solicitor has asked her to attend the woman’s funeral and hear the reading of the will. She is shocked to learn this because she thought her grandparents had been gone for 20 years or more. Since Hal has a vicious money lender snapping at her heels, she decides to attend the funeral even though she feels she is not Mrs. Westaway’s granddaughter. After the funeral, she returns to Trepassen House with her uncles to hear the reading of the will. She is shocked to find that after a stipend to the housekeeper and payment of the death duties, Hal is the sole heir. Staying at the unheated and bleak Trepassen House for a few days with her uncles and the bitter old housekeeper, she tries to get to know them and learn more about her past if, indeed, she truly is the daughter of Mrs. Westaway’s long missing daughter. I have been waiting for quite awhile to get a copy of this book from my library as I had been turned down to read an advanced review copy by the publisher at NetGalley since I do not have a blog. I eagerly opened the book and kept reading and reading waiting for something spectacular to happen. What a disappointment. I was hoping for a really good thriller but, instead, found a rather dark mystery. The setting is a cold place which adds to the mystery, but the characters didn’t have much punch to them. They were dull and uninteresting to me. Hal didn’t come across as heroine material either. All in all, this book is somewhat of a disappointment.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Read it in about 7 hours. Ruth is one of my new favorite authors. This one kept me guessing right up till the end.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A very exciting story. A must read. Have bought it on audio for a blind friend.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very interesting book. I kept reading to find the next twist. Entertaining!
Anonymous 8 months ago
The Death of Mrs. Westaway is my first Ruth Ware novel - one I was looking forward to reading! I found it very slow to start - I actually abandoned it but knew I wanted to give it another go, and I am so glad I did, because a only a few pages later the novel picked up speed and never looked back. I found my reading was enhanced by the auto-syncing between ebook and audiobook... I have papers to grade and simply could not focus until I finished the novel. The plot twist at the end of the novel I had not predicted whatsoever and completely ripped to shreds my predictions. Despite a painfully slow start, I really enjoyed this well written psychological thriller and am really looking forward to reading previous Ware publications. Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to preview #TheDeathofMrsWestaway by @RuthWareWriter - this was jaw dropping-ly amazing!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Just a so so read. Got tired of her being cold. I felt cold throughout the entire story. Just a gloomy, rather uninteresting group of characters. I kept reading on and thinking maybe something exciting would eventually come out of the too-long, “chilly” story. Sadly, not!
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jnmegan 10 months ago
The fourth book by the extremely popular Ruth Ware is a twist on a classic mystery trope involving an inheritance/rags-to-riches fantasy. Harriet Westaway, the heroine of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is isolated and adrift after losing her mother in a tragic accident. She never learned her father’s identity-Harriet and her mother eked out a living by reading fortunes for tourists. She retains their small boardwalk booth after her mother’s death, despite her disbelief in the practice. She feels like she is merely playing a role, appeasing her conscience by detaching herself from her clients’ gullibility. On the brink of financial ruin and deeply in debt to some very dangerous characters, Harriet serendipitously receives a mysterious letter in the mail. It appears that an error has been made, and she has been named an inheritor in a significant estate. She decides to see if she can use her honed perception skills to claim what she hopes will be enough to save her from her collectors. She travels to the funeral of the deceased and upon being embraced by her kind “relatives,” Harriet feels torn between her desperation and guilt. It turns out that the inheritance is far more complicated than she imagined, and she is drawn into some old conflicts and family secrets. Harriet begins to question how long she can sustain her charade, and if the prize is worth the constant vigilance and paranoia of discovery. Harriet is not the only person hiding something at Trepassen, and questions start emerging about her own possible connection to these other Westaways. Fans of both classic mystery and literary fiction would enjoy this book, especially those looking to avoid explicit violence and gore. The novel is very atmospheric and wonderfully paced, with three-dimensional characters written with complexity and nuance. The resolution is unpredictable but believable, twisting in a truly satisfying way. The Death of Mrs. Westaway continues the high-quality work that readers have come to expect from Ware’s books, and is further evidence that her popularity is well-deserved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It took a while to explain the circumstances. It was not an action pscked book as much as heavy on conversation. The book reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel but not quite as smooth.
Mayor More than 1 year ago
A good read and suspenseful near the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much.
Shri_N More than 1 year ago
When I first picked 'The Death of Mrs.Westaway' , I had no clue about the author, her style nor how the book fared. I was attracted by the title which reminded me of Agatha Christie and by the name 'Ruth' (being a fan of Ruth Rendall Mysteries). I picked it with no expectations but with curiosity & slight trepidation because off late the so called mystery books ceased to be mysterious with serious readers figuring out the plot within 50 pages or so. I was sure, 'The death of Mrs.Westaway' would not be an exception to current norm but oh! Boy! Was I proven wrong!! Hal or Harriet is a tarot card reader who is recently orphaned, struggling with grief, burdened by lack of finance and troubled by loan sharks. She is struggling to make ends meet when a long bridge is thrown miraculously (to make ends not only meet but go into cruise mode) by a letter informing her about a inheritance. The street Savvy Hal who is a good con herself is sceptical of this windfall but circumstances force her to engage in biggest con of her life. She decides to impersonate the original benefactor! Hal lands up at Tresspassen fully intent on accepting the inheritance bequeathed to her. At the funeral she meets the principal players Hardin, Abel, Ezra and later the house keeper, Mrs.Warren. Things begin to spiral out of control as emotions, greed & past secrets begin to collide and push Hal inexorably towards a horrific discovery! The Death of Mrs.Westaway strongly reminded me of Agatha Christie's 'Appointment with Death'. Both had mother as the central motif with set of cowed children with one rebel. Things begin to unravel with skeleton spilling out at an alarming rate after the death of the MOTHER! Something similar happens here, The Death of Mrs.Westaway unleashes the demons of the past. But where Christie was content with solving the mystery, Ruth Ware offers you emotions and family drama which draws you in without making you morose or crowing for one particular character. You sympathize with the characters without blindly empathizing with them. The plot is fast during the initial phase, probably writer wanted her in Tresspassen for the story to open up. Once Hal reaches Tresspassen, the plot slows but does NOT become boring as each new character brings in his own dimensions which further compounds the mystery without seeming to do so (you feel things are all straight & open BUT IT IS NOT! *clever of author*) Just when you think, things are plateauing, there is a neat twist that jerks you awake. You begin to focus on the plot again. From that point on, you start getting played! True, there is heart warming family drama but the mystery never abates. There are several cleverly inserted red herrings that can and most probably will throw you off the scent (of real murderer) but you end up admiring Ruth Ware for it instead of groaning a complaint. Though Hal is the central character or even the heroine, it's essentially Maud who lingers on in our memory. In my opinion, she was the true heroine of the story. While Mrs.Westaway unleashes the deluge, its Maud's actions that guide the flow. Maud is a shadow but a strong shadow who impacts almost everyone. Earlier I mentioned how The Death of Mrs.Westaway reminded me of Agatha Christie. I believe apart from the mother fixation, another factor that brought in this impression was Ruth Ware's adroit play of red herrings. She offers us the clues but cleverly misdirects the impressions of it which often times leads