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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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NomiReads
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Mehso-so


Book 1 for #spookathon

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TorieStorieS
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Since finishing August‘s BOTM, I have been looking forward to catching up on Ware‘s backlog! Luckily, one of my in-person book clubs chose this one for October! I could barely stand to put this one down! It‘s a definite page turner- and one that I enjoyed reading by the light of the almost #FullMoon last night! A great October read! #ChillingPhotoChallenge #Scarathlon #TeamStoker 3 pts

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TorieStorieS @TheReadingMermaid That was so fast!!! 2d
TheReadingMermaid Haha I just jumped on right now 😉 2d
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Gissy Nice photo!❤️ 1d
TorieStorieS @Gissy Thanks!!! I love my fall crows!! 😊 1d
Clwojick Great photo! 1d
TorieStorieS @Clwojick Thank you!!! 😊😊😊 1d
k.reads.5 Awesome photo! I loved this book as well! 17h
TorieStorieS @k.reads.5 Thanks!! Yeah- I couldn‘t put it down!! I still have two of her books unread on my TBR... I am tempted to read them all this month, but I‘m also trying to savor them by spreading them out.... 16h
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TamAnder
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Never judge a book by its cover unless it‘s October and this cover sets the moody tone you‘ve been looking for in your next audio. I wasn‘t the biggest fan of Woman in Cabin 10... to be honest I wanted to toss her overboard and hoping now that I won‘t want to do the same with main character Hal.

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Melismatic
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So many Raven references. #shudder

#scarathlon #chillingphotochallenge
1 pt #TeamStoker
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TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 5d
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Rissa1
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Even before this mention of Mrs. Danvers, it familiar like Rebecca. Upon further reading, it felt like Rebeeca took place at the Thornfield of Jane Eyre. This book was a win for me. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter #ScaryscavengerHunt #blackcover #over200pages @Clwojick

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Bookwormjillk
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This was a fun and twisty book to read in October. I‘m a fan of books that feature dysfunctional people trapped in a country house, and I thought the tarot cards were a nice touch.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #creepyscavengerhunt book over 200 pages

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Rissa1
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I was struggling to decide what I was going to use for today's #chillingphotochallenge until I saw this ghost chicken on Halloween Wars. #Ghostly #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick 😂 😂 7d
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Rissa1
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Every Halloween season has me obsessed with the Food Networks, Halloween Wars. @#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon

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Rissa1
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Tonight's horror movie, The Blackcoat's Daughter. Never heard of it, we will see how it goes. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Rissa1
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My kids were monsters to get ready this morning. I am Happy to have a little quiet time now. #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick 😻 😻 😻 😻 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😽😽 1w
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 1w
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Rissa1
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Rissa1
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I will probably hate myself for this because the first one scared me to death. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Ericalambbrown
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✅ Creepy old manor falling into decrepitude
✅ Elderly housekeeper with a sinister demeanor
✅ Family secrets no one wants to talk about
✅ Murder? Accident? Who to trust? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Fun little spooky page turner. #teamstoker #scarathon

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1w
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Rissa1
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Now an old one, but a good one. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Rissa1
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Watching Stephanie on my reading/movie day. I should be cleaning, but I am not. My husband is working, my kids are doing their own thing (playing outside, playing video games...), I am going to push away reality and just breathe. #Scarathlon #scarymovieday #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Rissa1
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Watching, The House Of The Witch, on Netflix on a quiet Sunday. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Rissa1
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Thanks Hulu for giving me options. Trying Uncanny Annie. #Scarathlon #teamslaugter @Clwojick

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Rissa1
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Starting book 2 of #Scarathlon and 5 chapters into my #buddyread. #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Bookwormjillk
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The main character in the book I‘m reading now has a small business reading tarot cards. I‘m not really sure what‘s going on in this book, but I‘m enjoying it. #screamathonphotochallenge #teamslaughter

4thhouseontheleft 💜🔮 2w
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Jhullie
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Another ripping yarn from Ruth Ware. I devoured this book in a couple of days and LOVED it. It had an almost gothic feel to it with the story of the orphaned girl coming to stay with long lost relatives in a crumbling mansion. Twists and turns aplenty with a final reveal which, although I had seen coming, was skillfully written and executed. The tarot comparisons took me back to when I dabbled in my teens. By far my favourite of her books.

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Rissa1
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Clwojick For the #ScaryScavengerHunt, it‘s counts towards the prize once you‘ve finished reading the book. The #ChillingPhotoChallenge is just a picture of the book. Just wanted to clarify that quick 😉 2w
Rissa1 It is next on my list. 2w
Linsy I love that printing series! I have my Tommy & Tuppence in that format 💕 1w
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Ericalambbrown
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Sir Snaggletooth (aka Hank the Book Sniffer) and I are starting a new book tonight, he with his new chew rope and me with my wee dram of Jameson. It‘s been a day. Night, y‘all! #hankthebulldog 📚💕🥃🐶

BookNAround Hank is so darn cute. 2w
Ericalambbrown @BookNAround Thanks! He‘s certainly good, goofy company 😂 2w
Stacypatrice Sir Snaggletooth is a hunk of gorgeous love ❤️ 2w
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Paperback.Propensity Such a cutie!! I finished this book recently and really enjoyed it. 2w
Gaylagal2 Love his face!🐾 2w
ShelleyBooksie Hank ♡♡ 2w
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lost.in.a.book
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Hands down the best book I've read this year! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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bookandbedandtea
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A creepy house and even creepier housekeeper generally make for a good story and I enjoyed uncovering the secrets in this.(Although I figured out most of them and I never do that!) 👍👍

lost.in.a.book My current read and I am loving it so far 😀 3w
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bookandbedandtea
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I'm having to read this book in the browser because I keep getting this notification when I try to open it in the kindle app. I *am* connected to the internet and I have tried restarting my phone (the totality of my technical trouble shooting knowledge 🤪). I've used Overdrive and opened the book in kindle many times previously so I'm frustrated.
Does any one have any tips?

Aimeesue Maybe delete Overdrive and redownload the app. Or it could be the library that's having connectivity issues. 3w
bookandbedandtea @Aimeesue Thanks for the suggestion! It didn't work- so I'm going to assume the library is having issues 🤷‍♀️- but I appreciate your help. 😊 3w
Aimeesue @bookandbedandtea Good luck! Tech issues are so aggravating! Hope it resolves soon. 3w
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bookandbedandtea
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Starting this tonight.

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Samplergal
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#bookishBingo #September2019

Bookish book club pick : The Turn of the Key
Bestselling Book: The Death of Mrs Westaway

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Lexeegee
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This started out a little slow, but once it got going i couldn‘t stop. The narrator did an excellent job.

MallenNC I loved the narrator on this. She made all the difference. 4w
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Samplergal
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What a great twisty story! I enjoyed it so much it only took me a day to read it! 4🌟

Jennifer3 I loved this one!!! 1mo
Cathythoughts That was quick 👏🏻👏🏻💕 1mo
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Samplergal
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Next up!

bookandbedandtea Me too! Just got it from the library. 😁 1mo
Mariposa_Bookworm I listened to it through the library. Enjoyed it immensely! 1mo
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Bookworm1987
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Paperback.Propensity
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the best book I have read in a while. I'm blown away. This is why I read!

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Cathythoughts
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The Death Of Mrs Westaway. Just got from library ♥️. I always was haunted by seeing magpies & believing the rhyme ( one for sorrow, two for joy ... )
Thinking out of the box ... she has changed the rhyme... 👍🏻 “ I‘ll change that rhyme. One for joy. One for love. One for the future.
Loving the new rhyme- I won‘t see magpies the same anymore 🤞🏻! Thankyou @Melissa_J for this recommendation

Melissa_J Yay! I‘m so glad you are enjoying it 😊 1mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Ignored my unread books and checked this out from the library.

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alisonrose
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Definitely my fave of hers so far, pleased to see progress in her writing & characters. The atmosphere here was great, & I liked that while the final reveal wasn‘t a huge shocker, getting to it involved a lot of fun twists & turns, w/nothing that felt over the top. Hal was so relatable too, I felt so badly for what she went thru before & during the story. And we got only a minimal & believable “villain monologue” so I‘m happy about that 😜 4/5 ⭐️

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When Hal pushed open the gate, the hinges shrieked, a low, mournful sound that cut through the patter of the rain, and made her shiver in a way that wasn‘t just cold. There was something about the long, low note that made the skin on the back of Hal‘s neck crawl. It was as though the house itself were dying in pain.

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alisonrose

So, I‘m really enjoying this one so far, definitely her strongest I‘ve read (and from what I‘ve heard, the ending is good, so hopefully that holds true)...but good Lord, poor Hal needs to see a gastroenterologist! I swear, every third paragraph, something happens to/in her stomach. It flips, falls, twists, clenches, sours, trembles, shifts, etc etc ad infinitum. Anything whatsoever that happens to or around Hal, her stomach reacts tenfold. Sheesh!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh gosh!! That will drive me crazy 😜 1mo
alisonrose @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s just odd that the author couldn‘t think of any other way to imply nervousness or whatever. It‘s definitely not getting in the way of my enjoyment of the book at all, but I just keep thinking, Jeez someone give this bitch an antacid! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @alisonrose bahaha 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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alisonrose

She told me children were nothing but padlocks on the patriarchal shackles of marriage.

[She and I would‘ve been great friends.]

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alisonrose
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I‘ve read two books by Ruth Ware, one I really liked and one I didn‘t like much and felt pretty meh about. But I‘ve heard good things about her two most recent books, including from people who have pretty much hated her earlier work—so I take that as a good sign! Looking forward to a fun thriller 🔪👍🏻 #nowreading

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Melissa_J
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway has mixed reviews, but I really liked this Gothic tale featuring an unexpected inheritance, a decaying old stately home, and family secrets. The story even features a surly old housekeeper in the mold of Mrs. Danvers. I am a fan of Ware‘s novels, but this one is a little different from her others, and if I had to pick I‘d name this book as my favourite. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍🏻I may just have to get it ... 😊 2mo
Tamra I liked it too! 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I tried to listen to the audio, but had trouble with the narrator. It‘s on my list in print. What I did listen to was good! 2mo
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Melissa_J
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Here‘s hoping this Ruth Ware book is as quick to read as her previous novels!

Also pictured is my newest mug, purchased last week at Strand Bookstore during a trip to NYC with my daughter. Believe it or not, I made it out of Strand without purchasing a single book. I did, however, leave with a bunch of other bookish things.

erzascarletbookgasm Love the mug! 👍 2mo
LeahBergen It‘s a nice one! 👍🏻 2mo
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Traci1
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Audio-stitching progress. You can almost see the beginnings of the sorting hat. It's slow going, but it's relaxing. The book is pretty good. Planning to start David Bell's The Layover next.

In case you want to see what its (hopefully) going to look like:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/720782513/cross-stitch-pattern-luna-lovegood-cross

bookandbedandtea Looking good! I haven't #audiostiched in ages. Must get back to that! 2mo
Lexeegee I‘m listening to this one now and Cross stitching bookmarks. 2mo
wanderinglynn That‘s going to look awesome! 👍🏻💙 2mo
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Crazeedi Beautiful work! 2mo
Traci1 @bookandbedandtea I go through phases. I hadn't picked it up in a while, and now I can't seem to put it down. 2mo
Traci1 @Lexeegee I am loving the narrator. I think I may look up others she's read. 2mo
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Beccacraft
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This thriller about Harriet, a young orphan who is named in a will for a large estate, was extremely fun to listen to via audiobook. I loved the narrator, enjoyed the character development of the crazy Westaway family, and navigated the twists and turns which kept me guessing most of the way through.

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LauraJ
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Mehso-so

Found the pace to be drawn out and I figured out the whole shebang pretty early in the story. When that happens, it‘s usually because I‘m bored, otherwise, I‘ll just be “in the moment” as I read.

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pariisannja
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Yay 😁!! Can‘t believe I finished my challenge 4 months early 🎉

rather_be_reading whoot whoot! 2mo
pariisannja @rather_be_reading thank you ☺️ 2mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🥳🥳🥳🎉🎉 2mo
Ericalambbrown Congrats!!!!! Love it when that happens! 📚🎉 2mo
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pariisannja
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SW-T So true! 🤣 2mo
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LegallyBooked
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Poolside with a book is one of my favorite places to be. This did have a slow start for me but I ended up liking it overall 🌞

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Crysboehne
Mehso-so

I probably read three other books while trying to make my way through this one. It‘s not that it was particularly bad, it was just incredibly drawn out and very predictable.

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pariisannja
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mutlee
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Mehso-so

This isn‘t really my genre, but since I found my last Ware audiobook entertaining, I thought I‘d give another a go. I liked this one a little more than The Woman in Cabin 10. The mc was more likeable and overall plot seemed more plausible. I liked the dark, gothic setting. Definitely wanted to see how it all played out, but there wasn‘t anything especially striking about the novel to me.