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The Death of Mrs. Westaway
The Death of Mrs. Westaway | Ruth Ware
The highly anticipated fourth novel from Ruth Ware, The Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of the In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game. Harriet Westawaybetter known as Halmakes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesnt believe in the power of her trade. On a day that begins like any other, she receives a mysterious and unexpected letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong personbut she also knows that she can use her cold-reading skills to potentially claim the money. Hal attends the funeral of the deceased and meets the family...but it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and that the inheritance is at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Wares signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 2mo
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RedxoHearts
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I really ended up enjoying this one. The main character Hal learns the secrets behind the family she never knew she had. I like that it wasn't obvious to me what the mystery was. The author did a good job throwing in a few misdirections i think. For some reason I kept forgetting that it wasn't set in historical times until they would mention cellphones or online searches. If you're looking for a good mystery without being too creepy check it out.

Allylu I really like Ruth Ware. I will add this to my stack for #Scarathon2023 and #Not-so-scaryReadathon! 2mo
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RedxoHearts

For some reason with this book I keep thinking it's set in the past. It just seems like Victorian times until someone mentions cellphones, text or Google.

shanaqui I remember feeling that way too! Weird. 2mo
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abookinherpurse
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Read this one a while back, really enjoyed it! Hoping to re-read it soon.

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Madison91
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BRB going to go order every single book she‘s written that I haven‘t already read

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ProudBookNerd
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I enjoyed this mystery novel. There isn't a ton of action, but I enjoyed the suspense and it kept me engaged until the end which became much more exciting. Ruth Ware tends to follow a certain formula, as most writers do, but there is nothing wrong with that if the story is engaging.

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Nalbuque
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Panpan

So frustrating. I‘m not even going with a bail, tho I did not finish it. It deserves a 👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽 so so so long, nothing ever happens, there‘s very little ambiance, and ooft, I did get to the twist at the end and at that point I did not care. Yikes.

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Shido
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Mehso-so

This was another slow burn to the good stuff, but honestly the chaos at the end was super fun to read through.

I finished this near the beginning of February, so here‘s to more reads in this month! 🍻

#thedeathofmrswestaway #ruthware #mystery

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Coleen
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This is the 4th novel by Ruth Ware that I‘ve read. She does tend to follow a formula, and her main characters can tend to be annoying and/or unlikeable, but I was sucked in nonetheless. I read most of this on audio because, well, Imogene Church, but I ended up finishing via hardcover because I was snowed in and didn‘t want to wait to get back to it in the car. I had some of the plot figured out, but other aspects were a surprise.

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Cazxxx
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An atmospheric family mystery, good twists and turns and well written characters. I enjoyed this but not my favourite of her books
3 ⭐️

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rather_be_reading
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Book 11

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MMFinck
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This one felt like adult Clue. I really liked it. The characters were messed up but likeable.

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MeganLindell
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ • Has atmospheric Rebecca vibes, but not as good. I liked better than Cabin 10 and was a fine spooky season read.

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Outofcontroltbr
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I could not put this book down. It‘s twisty and turny and I thought I knew the answer and I kind of did but it was an awesome time getting there. #teamslaughter

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paisleyjess
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Last year's spooky book exchange gifted me this and I'm diving in.

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Twainy
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🎧 Hal is a great character suffering from poor writing?

Hal‘s mother was hit by a car & died. She was penniless so she had to take up her mom‘s fortune-telling/tarot card reading store front.

She is notified of an inheritance she knows isn‘t hers. Loan sharks want money she‘s borrowed. She plans to use her fortune telling skills as Madam Margarita to get the inheritance money & run.

⭐️⭐️⭐️3/4 👇🏻

Twainy She finds out she wants to be part of a family. No spoilers beyond this so you‘ll have to read it to find out what happens & who dies.

The book relies on conversations not shared & Hal‘s internal monologue which of course are unreliable & unknown. Hal is very naive & a bit too dense for her background in fortune telling. I know I sound negative, just wanted to share what reduced the stars. It was a quick, easy, fun read.

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MommyOfTwo
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Thank you @BookwormAHN I love everything!
#fallingforfallswap

BookwormAHN Your welcome, enjoy 😺 12mo
MaleficentBookDragon Ware and Crouch! Great authors. 12mo
Avanders Oooh excellent book choices for fall!! 😍🍂🍁🧡 12mo
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Gissy
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Book with mixed reviewed but I enjoyed it. Hal Westaway received a letter indicating that she needs to go to Trepassen, she is one of the beneficiaries mentioned in her grandmother‘s will. She knows she is not related to this family but her precarious financial situation and debts threats made her to go as an impostor? Is she related to this family? Will she be safe in that house? A slow pace reading at the beginning but then it has twists. 3.8⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
EadieB I read and enjoyed this one too! 12mo
Gissy @EadieB I have two more books by this author. I hope I can read them soon. 🤗 11mo
EadieB @Gissy I‘ve read all her books 📚 and I like her writing ✍️ 11mo
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Andrea4
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Another Ware that I thoroughly enjoyed. I must admit that I guessed the ending at pretty much the earliest it could be guessed. I considered other options as red herrings appeared but I felt pretty sure about my guess. I believe it's easier to guess the twists when it's a physical book vs audio. Still super enjoyed watching how it unfolded though!

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Andrea4
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I've been devouring this book. Not sure why it took me I think 2years to get to it lol.
I've even chosen to sit outside on break in hopes of finishing it. I think today feels just lovely...though not sure I'll feel that way later during my 2 hr run lol!

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Andrea4
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The cards (tarot) do not predict the future.

This little passage about reading is the closest I've come to agreeing with a work of fiction about the tarot.

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AsYouWish
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Mystery. Thriller. Intrigue. Death. Family. Secrets. Mistakes. On a day like any other Hal receives a letter, telling her about her inheritance, only problem - the letter was given to the wrong person. Hal needs money so she finds herself on the way to a funeral and caught in the web of a family she desperately needs to blend into, if she is going to pull off the greatest lie of her life. Highly recommend!!

🏯🏯🏯🏯🏯

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suvata
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In this gothic thriller, Hal is a lonely, broke orphan who makes her living by reading tarot cards. She is being harassed by a loan shark who she borrowed $500 from that has turned into a $3000 debt. Then she receives a letter stating that she‘s entitled to a huge inheritance from a dead grandmother. She believes the letter is in error but, she really needs the money, so she heads to Penzance fully intending to fake it so she can get the money.

HOTPock3tt I liked this one!🙃 1y
suvata @HOTPock3tt I couldn‘t put it down 1y
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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #ruthware #thedeathofmrswestaway #bookbeast #bookjoy #readwithme #Litsy
What are you reading? 😊

ChaoticMissAdventures I love Ruth Ware! Hope you enjoy this one. I am reading a new book with a gorgeous title - 1y
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hhinsperger
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what we thought was a regular day for Hal wasn‘t, it gets irregular very quickly when she receives a letter regarding the death of a relative she realizes it‘s sent to the wrong address and try‘s to forget about it. But then she uses her tarot cards to try and receive money like the letter said. She goes to a funeral and suspects suspicious behaviour. if you like suspense and mystery this is for you! The POV is hals and her emotions throughout.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Hailey! I was looking for a bit more on the POV! 4.5/6 1y
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suzie.reads
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Mehso-so

Not the most gripping read but it did have a pretty good ending 😊

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AlisBookNookCorner
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Bailedbailed

100 pages in and I'm bailing. I LOVED A Woman in Cabin 10, had mixed feelings about In a Dark Dark Wood, making this my first Ware bail. I truly hate bailing on books, but with over 125 books on my TBR at home plus my 700+ books in my Goodreads-Want to Read, I don't want to waste time on books I'm struggling to enjoy. This was just so slow going, I wasn't impressed. Amazing writing, the story just wasn't there for me. 😕

BookDragonNotWorm This is my least favorite of hers. 1y
Jessieleah Also wasn‘t a fan of this one! 1y
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AlisBookNookCorner
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Book Spin Pick: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. This is my third Ware novel, she has proven to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Her novels seem to all be the same and rather predictable. Yet, they are quick and fun with great writing style. Hope to enjoy this one!

Dan_1988 I really enjoy Ruth Ware. This one and The woman in cabin ten are my favourites :) 1y
AlisBookNookCorner The Woman in Cabin 10 is my favorite of hers as well! I couldn't put that one down. 1y
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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

3/5 stars. This was a okay book. I felt myself really liking it at times, I liked the mood of the book and characters. But there was many times I wished it would just get it over with! The book just kept repeating itself over and over again. There was massive chunks that could have been taken out all together. The mystery dragged out soooo long. And the climax wasn't the best. It was interesting, but I felt it could have been better.

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eanderson
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I‘m finding that Ruth Ware is very hit and miss for me. I wanted to really like this book. It just seemed repetitive and somewhat predictable. I‘m glad I read it but it‘s not on the top of my recommendation list. Good not great. 3.5⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ between a pick and so-so.

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KimHM
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A little bit Rebecca, a little bit Jane Eyre, a little bit Mysteries of Udolpho (or insert your fave classic Gothic) enlivened with a natural, effective use of tarot. This may be a novel that benefits from the excellent narration, but I‘m still giving it🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Kaarin
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Mehso-so

I‘m mixed on this book! Good things: great characters, setting, mood. Meh things: it was repetitive and needed an aggressive edit. Characters kept restating the same things which got frustrating. It was an enjoyable book just for the vibe, but it wouldn‘t be the Ruth Ware I suggest to people.

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nocto
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Let's gloss over how 8:48 is nowhere near #20in4 and concentrate on how I got two 📚books finished, another 📖two begun, and it was a brilliant ☀️sunny 🚲bike riding sort of a weekend.

Tagged book was pretty meh, good characters and decent plot but a lot of minor inconsistencies and it just seemed to be missing something.

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nocto
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I managed 11:51 out of 20:00 in the 1st #20in4 readathon and was quite pleased with that so I'm just going to try and get somewhere near that again! My brain needs to tune out of the real world for a couple of days. Hoping to finish the tagged book, which I've only just begun, as well as The Survivors. And maybe start something new. People being amazed by the steady passage of time always (mildly) irritates me... but how is it almost March??

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Angitron
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Mehso-so

My second Ware book and I‘m finding her books very hit or miss for me. This one‘s finale felt pretty obvious, and the lead character drove me nuts with her internal monologues. It felt like repetitive filler, which probably wasn‘t helped by the fact that I listened to this on audiobook (though Imogene Church‘s performance was perfection as usual).

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Barbie.Hudson
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Should I keep reading this? I‘m on Chapter 10, Hal has just met Mr. Treswick and he is taking her back to Trepassen House. Eh. Just eh. I need your help if you‘ve read this book. Ruth Ware is always a hit or miss for me.

shanaqui I enjoyed it in a very mild way, and would probably have put it down if I hadn't read it all in one go. If it's not speaking to you, I'd drop it! I didn't find the conclusions particularly mind-blowing or anything like that. 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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#currentlyreading It's been a while since I've read a Ware book. So far so good.

mom2bugnbee I really liked this one - maybe my favorite of hers that I've read. 2y
LatrelWhite I love all her books! 2y
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InkintheMargins
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1. Tagged
2. I started reading more than one book at a time which has always been really hard for me to do!
3. World of Wonders
@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz It‘s the reverse for me! I‘ve never been able to concentrate on a single book, start to finish! Thanks for sharing! 2y
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InkintheMargins
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Harriet "Hal" Westaway is barely surviving and keeping her head above water from both bill collectors and a sinister loan shark. Her luck seems to shift when she learns of a possible surprise inheritance. This one is full of mystery, suspense, and dark family drama with many twists and turns. This is my favorite Ruth Ware so far.

CBee Hey Kelly! Just a reminder to fill out the LitsyLove survey 😁 will be sending out an updated spreadsheet soon and want to include you if possible! 2y
InkintheMargins @CBee Hi Cydney! I just checked my email and the Google form survey never came through. Can you try to resend/share it with me? Thank you for following up!! 2y
CBee @MadDashReading oh my - I‘ve sent it twice 🤷‍♀️ Make sure to check spam and promotions folders! I‘ll resend again! 2y
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InkintheMargins @CBee I just found it! It is not showing up in my Inbox but is appearing in a default folder labeled, "Important". Weird! I'm filling it out now. Thank you! 2y
CBee @MadDashReading yep, those folders can be a bear 😳🙄 Thanks!! 2y
CBee @MadDashReading oh hey, quick ? Would you rather use the yahoo address? Or is gmail still the best one? 2y
InkintheMargins @CBee either email is fine. I am much better about checking the yahoo one though! 2y
CBee @MadDashReading good to know! I‘m going to ask Misty to change it on the list, if that‘s okay! 2y
InkintheMargins @CBee that's fine with me. 🙂 2y
CBee @MadDashReading awesome - thanks! 😁😁 2y
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InkintheMargins
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Thank you @hermyknee for my #jolabokaflod swap! I love Ruth Ware and can't wait to get into this one! 🍫 @MaleficentBookDragon

hermyknee Yay! I hope you like it. It‘s on my TBR, too! 2y
monkeygirlsmama I enjoyed this one! 2y
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dariazeoli
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I‘m posting one book per day from my ever-increasing TBR. No description. No explanation. Just books to read. Join the fun if you want.

Day 27.

#fromthetbrstacks

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Pageturner1
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#ruthware

another well done book for me

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