Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Ruth Ware)

Ruth Ware’s novels are incredible addictive. I consider myself a fairly slow reader, but I read The Woman in Cabin 10 very quickly. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is no different, and when it is released in May, it will most likely be Ware's latest bestseller.

Hal has certainly not had the easiest life. Her mother was run down right in front of their house, and now Hal is all alone, trying to make ends meet by reading tarot cards. One day, she receives an intriguing letter, telling her that her grandmother (Harriet Westaway) has passed away and she will receive part of a large inheritance. Since Hal doesn’t have a grandmother, she believes that the letter was mistakenly sent. However, she knows that she will not be able to last much longer with no money. Hal is a good person; however, in desperation she tries to pull off a ruse, meeting Mrs. Westaway’s large family and attempting to get some money out of the deal. Thus begins a novel of deception and deep secrets, all culminating in a heart-stopping climax.

Ware has often been called the modern day Agatha Christie. Just like her other novels, The Death of Mrs. Westaway drips with suspense, and it is very difficult to stop reading, even in the dead of night.