Review of “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware

ruthwareOk–I’ll be honest.  I was hesitant to read this since I wasn’t a huge fan of the peetered-out ending to the “Woman in Cabin 10” by the same author, Ruth Ware.  I thought that this book would be a disappointment like the last “thriller” I read by Sophie Hannah (“Woman With A Secret”–see my last blog post).  However, I was pleasantly surprised. I looked forward to reading this before bed last weekend, and it only took me 3 nights to complete since I was super eager to find out how the mystery ended.

Ruth Ware wrote a page-turner this time.  I did not expect the twist of an ending, and I also felt that she developed each of the characters well so as to not make the reader longing for more details or more answers.  The protagonist, Hal, was someone that the reader could empathize with — an orphan left penniless, struggling to become debt-free and, at the same time, unravel the mystery that she didn’t expect.

Due to her quest to pay off her debt to a potentially dangerous loan shark, she decided to attend the funeral and will reading of a “stranger”.  She was invited to the will reading due to , what she assumed, was a case of mistaken identity.  I thought it was refreshing that Hal felt guilty at being a “fraud” and of being the recipient of an estate that she didn’t think she deserved.  These personality traits of honesty and humbleness endeared Hal to the reader.

I recommend this book to any reader who wants a non-gory thriller that is well written.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the book as well!  Please click // to order your copy.


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