The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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“One for sorrow Two for joy Three for a girl Four for a boy Five for silver Six for gold Seven for a secret Never to be told” 

This book was so creepy. This book had me completely hooked from page one!

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is a story of a woman named Hal who has been grieving the loss of her mother for over the past three years. She has taken over her mother’s business as a Tarot reader down on the pier, struggling to pay the bills. One day she receives a letter detailing the death of a woman with the same last name, leaving a large inheritance to her, even though Hal suspects the writer of the letter has got the wrong person, she decides to go to the reading of the will.

She travels down the coast and is taken to the huge, cold and creepy Trepassen house. Hal soon finds herself in over her head once she meets her “family”. The other Westaways seem to have many secrets of there own. This book isn’t so much of a thriller as it is a mystery with a lot of family drama. Its definitely a slow burn, a lot of things aren’t revealed until the end, also there a a few plot holes.

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

Hal was an intriguing character and once the story starts to unfold about her past, I was glued to the pages. The family embraces her as there sisters daughter, welcoming her to the family. The characters were all really well developed, one character in particular I really liked and turns out that was the bad one, haha guess I’m not the greatest judge of character.

I absolutely loved the setting of creepy Trespassen House and the atmosphere of this book.I also very much enjoyed Hal and her tarot card readings. I have only read one other book by Ruth Ware, and I didn’t enjoy that one, this book was a pleasant surprise.

I read this book as part of #fridayfrightathon and I love reading along with other people,getting to see there thoughts. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light who done it mystery.


Have you read any Ruth Ware books? What did you think of them? Hope you’re all having a good day !!


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