The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Published: May, 2018
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller.
Harriet Westaway, known as Hal on The West Brighton Pier where she has a booth to read tarot cards, is in debt. She’s in debt to a loan shark, and has no idea how she is going to repay him. She can’t even afford her rent and utilities. When she gets a letter from a lawyer asking her to come to Penzance because her grandmother has passed and left her an inheritance, Hal is confused. She knows she is not the person that they are looking for. But, the pull of extra money is strong. If she could get enough to get her out of debt, with a little left over to start fresh….
So Hal, although nervous about lying to these people, goes to her “Grandmother’s” funeral, and then back to a rather creepy estate that is still probably worth a small fortune. The old house is being run by Mrs. Warren, who seems to have it out for Hal the moment she arrives, until Hal realizes she is this way with everyone. Hal’s inheritance may be a little bigger than anticipated. But her “relatives” may be a problem. What she finds is a family torn apart by anger and secrets and lies. Hal finds that deceiving these people is not who she is, but trying to get out from under her con is not so easy. While she attempts to step away, she finds herself drawn in closer. When she starts to realize that her mother actually did have something to do with this family, she decides to delve deeper. What she finds shocks even herself.
Ruth Ware is such a talented author. Her characters are always deep, and even the house at Trepassen seems to be a character in this one. Ware’s plots are always well thought out, and the writing so smooth. Part of the story is told through a diary, which is interesting. The suspense kept building, and the twists kept you guessing to the end.
This book is about siblings, family, lies and secrets. This one felt like a gothic novel by Agatha Christie. I absolutely loved this book.
Read: July, 2018
Favorite Quotes from The Death of Mrs. Westaway:
““The people who came to her booth were seeking meaning and control – but they were looking in the wrong place. When they gave themselves over to superstition, they were giving up on shaping their own destiny.”
“Touching wood, crossing fingers, counting magpies—they were lies, all of them. False promises, designed to give the illusion of control and meaning in a world in which the only destiny came from yourself.”
“One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret
Never to be told.” (old English nursery rhyme — counting the Magpies is said to foretell the future)
About the Author: Ruth Ware (1977 – ) is the best-selling author of psychological thrillers. Before dedicating herself to full-time writing, Ruth worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England.