The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Large Print - 2018
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"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware's highly anticipated fourth novel. 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 decease where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432851279
Branch Call Number: LP WARE
Characteristics: 593 pages ; 23 cm

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This is a terrific mystery thriller! There are wonderful puzzles and revelations, a creepy mansion with a Mrs. Danvers type housekeeper, sudden realizations, and a great chase scene. A satisfying page-turner with nice twists. ArapahoeAnnaL

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ArapahoeAnnaL Aug 16, 2018

This is a terrific mystery thriller! There are wonderful puzzles and revelations, a creepy mansion with a Mrs. Danvers type housekeeper, sudden realizations, a chase through a dark cellar, the woods, and across a frozen pond. A satisfying page-turner with nice twists.

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ArapahoeSummer Jul 20, 2018

Ruth Ware's latest novel delivers impending storms and locked doors alongside chilling family secrets. I'm a sucker for a gothic mystery. I loved it!

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ArapahoeLesley Jul 19, 2018

Not my favorite of Ware's but if you are looking for slow burn mysteries she's a reliable place to turn. This one had an extra extra slow burn, maybe too slow for me but I certainly still liked it.

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ArapahoeAlyson May 18, 2018

"I can feel it—my secret—burning me up from the inside." –From the book


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IndyPL_CarriG Nov 11, 2019

I loved this modern gothic mystery written by Ruth Ware. The protagonist is young, desperate, likable, and a bit of a con artist with a good heart. The plot is twisty and turny enough that I was guessing at the resolution up til nearly the end, and I only got part of it right. It's got all the spooky, cold, running from a giant house in the middle of the night feels I want from a gothic novel. Creepy without being annoyingly anxiety producing, this is a satisfying read that is perfect for a chilly night with a fire and a cup of something warm.

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kiml00
Nov 01, 2019

This book is not as creepy as The Turn of the Key. It dragged on for awhile and ends pretty quick. Some things didn’t really add up. Still entertaining though.

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tammygfarmgirl
Oct 14, 2019

Creepy, secretive, compelling.....but frankly, I don't think the secret warranted all the resulting violence and chaos.

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jessicarosebonner
Sep 26, 2019

If you want to read this book it's a good thing you're checking it out from the Library because I would NOT pay for this read.

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ringer_8
Aug 04, 2019

"Tedious and long winded" is being way too polite. There is no positive aspect to this book. The characters are numerous and poorly developed, in spite of hundreds of pages of words. The story line is inconsistent, mostly disconnected, at times bizarre, and never comes together with an ending that does nothing but to make one feel that reading the book has been a total waste of time.

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gloryb
Jul 14, 2019

An interesting Gothic story set in present times with a vulnerable, poor young woman discovering that she has well to do relatives and a countryside family estate. When she receives a letter informing her of being a recipient named in the will of the dead Mrs. Westaway, she jumps at the chance of inheriting some money even though she feels there must be a mistake as she knows she has no relatives. The reader along with the author unravel this mystery as we discover the background of all of the family members and the reason why her mother kept her safe from her relatives by isolating her. A good read even though there seemed to be much repetition in describing either a thought, a feeling, a mood, or a situation. The use of tarot cards as a way to telling the past/present/future was a clever addition and adds to the suspense. I would read another book by this author.

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posie12
Jul 08, 2019

Tedious and long winded. Had she spent more time expanding her characters and less feeling sorry for herself, it would have been a much better book. I hope her other books are better!

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tinaburke
Jul 04, 2019

Excellent

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ednabw
Jun 17, 2019

Enjoyable mystery read with a style and story that has the flavor of a 20th century classic Gothic tale by having a struggling outlier young woman who is offered a chance of a lifetime that involves a family with money and land. Who cares that it involves deception? The one sure thing is this story is that everyone has a secret.

Really slow moving plot and almost predictable ending. Repetitive 'life review' of the main character is tedious. I found myself skipping through chapters and could not wait to finish and get on with a better read.

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