Book Review : The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

This book has been sitting too long in my TBR list until I decided it’s time to give it a go!

Genre : Mystery, Thriller
Page : 368 pages
Published : 29th May 2019

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 centre of it.

“Time healed, they said, but it wasn’t true, or not completely. The first raw wound of loss had closed and silvered over, yes, but the scar it had left would never heal. It would always be there, aching and tender.”

Before The Death of Mrs. Westaway, all I read of Ruth Ware’s work is only The Woman In Cabin 10 and it was freaking amazing! So, I was kinda excited to start this book.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway— It all begins when Hal receives an unexpected letter from the late Mrs. Westaway.

The story begins with Hal, who had just went home by her job in the pier late in the night. Except, what she has found at home is something quite unusual. A letter of will telling her she inherited a substantial bequest from the late Mrs. Westaway.

I love how this book has a seriously eerie feels right in the beginning of the book that suggest, something is very wrong. This ambiance just hooked me right into the book. 

I also love how this book took it’s time (in a good suspense way) to tell us the story of Hal. Her struggles, her past and what she has been through until she notices the strange letter she receives. The only problem is, Hal’s grandparents died twenty years ago. Which means, whoever this Mrs. Westaway is, she’d must have definitely found the wrong grandchildren.

I absolutely love how this all seemed so complicated and absolutely mysterious. Up to certain lengths, I was quite okay with the pace and everything. But I could perhaps appreciate this book more if it stopped playing with the sneaking, classic mysteries that made you wonder who-had-done-it feels,  which until the end of the book, I found it to be quite meaningless.

Truthfully and sincerely, I like this book. But I could take it if there are less beating around the bush stuffs. And when it’s finally revealing moment, I could roughly guess already what had happened and I’m not that surprised. 

Overall, I like this book and I love how this book always have that something is wrong feels that makes me more exciting and pump up to read. Because this is a thriller mystery, I could not spoil much, but I would recommend this book for a fun eerie feels throughout the reading.

“Some situations have no simple resolution; all we can do is steer the course that causes the least harm.”

Author: Celine


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