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Book Broadcast: The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a the death of mrs westaway smallsubstantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her.

Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…

I’ve been a devoted fan of novelist Ruth Ware’s work since I read her debut novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood, closely followed by The Woman in Cabin 10. There is no doubt that Ware is the master of suspense and atmosphere. Her books never fail to exude a strong sense of tension and her latest, The Death of Mrs Westaway is another example of her prowess in this area. This time around, Ware centres her novel in two locales I know well in Britain. It focuses on the story of Hal, a woman who is bequeathed with a wealthy estate via a letter. When Hal realises that this letter is not intended for her, she hopes to dupe the family that are gifting her with this sum of money, thanks to her background as a fortune teller. But this inheritance claim is much more involved than Hal could have imagined, soon Hal is in way too deep. The Death of Mrs Westaway has an intriguing premise and an alluring but familiar setting, that had me hooked from the opening. I also enjoyed the rich gothic undertones that define this new novel from Ware. The psychological suspense line is thick in this novel, along with the family secrets and complications Ware issues along the way. I was amazed by the depth of research Ware has clearly conducted to inform her fortune telling sequences, a direction of the novel I enjoyed for the fact that I had not come across this trade in previous novels. The Death of Mrs Westaway  features a great central mystery that has a timeless quality. Fans of Ware’s work and newcomers alike will appreciate this artful and shadowy new novel from suspense extraordinaire Ruth Ware.

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware was published on 2nd July 2018 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

Learn more about the author of The Death of Mrs Westaway, Ruth Ware here.

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