The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Book - 2018 | First Scout Press hardcover edition.
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"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 center of it."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2018]
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501156212
1501156217
9781501156250
150115625X
Branch Call Number: FIC WARE
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm

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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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