Today on Love Books Group Blog, I have a review of
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
- Crime Fiction
When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.
There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her.
Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…
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Firstly I will start by saying I love the cover, it is modern and interesting. On my hardcover version of the book, when you remove the dust jacket you have a vibrant crisp white cover with magpies adorning the front and back. It is a little quirk but I really thought they were quite wonderful.
Onto the wonder that is The Death of Mrs Westway, a brilliant read. It’s a true stonker of a read and has firmly become my favourite read of 2018. We meet Hal when she really has hit rock bottom. Hal is a likeable character who you immediately care about. When Hal is handed a lifeline in the form of a letter, she has to decide which road to choose.
It was refreshing not to be able to guess what would happen next or to predict the ending. I loved Ms Ware’s writing I am eager now to read the previous novels In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10.
Ruth Wares writing is alluring and she seduces you into feeling safe and cosy. But beware all is not as it seems. A page-turner that leaves a lasting impression.
By Kelly for Love Books Group
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I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.
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