Norma and I read The Death of Mrs. Westaway awhile back with our Traveling Sisters and it lead to a very interesting discussion. We were split into two different coulees with our thoughts on this one. Lindsay was buried in a coulee with other books and initially passed on this one when we read it with our TS’s. So Lindsay recommended this one and read it with our Traveling Friends. For the most part, they really enjoyed it and had similar thoughts with only a couple joining Norma and me in our – this one just didn’t work for us coulee.
The chilling and eerie atmosphere in this novel was like a character of its own!
It didn’t take long for me to feel completely immersed in this haunting tale. The damp and dark weather. The old, crumbling mansion. The family full of lies and long-hidden secrets. This is my kind of book! I have read every one of Ruth Ware’s novels and this is by far, my favourite!
This book revolves around twenty-one-year-old Harriet Westaway “Hal”, who took over her mother’s tarot card reading business after she passed away three years ago. Years of being alone and struggling to pay the bills have left Hal frustrated and desperate. One day, she receives a mysterious letter advising that she has been left a substantial inheritance from Mrs. Westaway, a grandmother she has never heard of. Hal travels to the Trepassen House estate where she meets the family of Mrs. Westaway.
The writing was perfection! I was glued to the pages from start to finish! Ruth Ware kept the tension, mystery and suspense building as each page turned, all the while keeping the dark and unnerving atmosphere brooding. Each character brought forth a new aura of intrigue and secrecy.
A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Ruth Ware for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
From our Traveling Sister’s Goodreads reviews who joined Lindsay in her coulee after finishing this one.
From Jan’s review
I loved how the author dropped clues like bread crumbs throughout the novel, but it wasn’t until the end that the puzzle pieces clicked into place. I thought I had it figured out but turned out to be only partially right. I was pleasantly surprised – well done Ms. Ware!
This book hooked me from page one right through to the end. Highly recommended for fans of an old-fashioned mystery, reminiscent of Agatha Christie.
From Carol’s review
Wow, this was an excellent novel mostly set in Trepassen, an English countryside mansion. The estate is almost a character in itself, an old, large, gothic house that holds many secrets.
Norma and I were chilling out in our coulee alone really hoping that no one else would join us when along comes Christina joining us in our – this one just didn’t work for us coulee.
From Christina’s review
The beginning draws the reader right in with intrigue and mystery but this quickly plateaus for what felt like a large portion of the book. Things don’t really pick back up until the last 50 or so pages and then I ran into some implausibility issues that suffered due to a lack of development into the character. That being said, the final few twists were a complete knock-out I did not see coming from a mile away!
From Brenda’s Traveling Sisters review
For some of us, our heads started spinning in confusion with trying to piece together who is who and who is connected to who. We were engaged enough in the story to hold our attention till the end, however, we just gave up trying to put the pieces together. For the rest of the sisters, they found it exciting and intriguing putting those pieces together and couldn’t put the book down till they were done.
From Norma’s review
When reading a thriller &/or suspense novel I like to be able to work out the why and how and be pleasantly surprised by the little pieces of puzzles that were left along the way that I either missed or didn’t think were important to the twists or reveals. I thought some pieces of that puzzle were left out here and in some instances didn’t match-up so, therefore, this novel just didn’t work for me.
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