Review | The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

A creepy mystery filled with family secrets. 4/5 stars.

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

Thank you to Random House UK and NetGalley for giving me an e-copy of this book.

The blurb:  When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial 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…

My take:

With her latest book, Ruth Ware brings us a different angle on the disappeared person mystery. Rather than a professional or amateur sleuth digging to uncover the truth, our investigator is Hal, a young woman attempted to con her way to an inheritance.

Fans of mystery tales will get into and feel at home with this story quickly because it contains so many familiar elements from other stories in the genre. For example: the Agatha Christiesque large house, an extended family gathering and a will reading. There are also knowing touches of du Maurier, with one of the characters actually saying that the spooky housekeeper is a bit Mrs Danvers! The author exploits these features to keep us guessing, setting us up for the story to go in one direction before swerving off in another.

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WWW Wednesday 30th November 2016

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Review | In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Still looking for twists which surprise me. 3.5/5 stars.

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The blurb: Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

But something goes wrong. Very wrong. Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

My take:

This review is short to avoid spoilers. It’s also rather disjointed, but that’s just my fault for being incoherent!

My experience with this book has compounded a suspicion which has been growing for a while: I think thrillers are ruined for me. I can’t help but spot the tell-tale sentences thrown in “casually” in the first third of the book. I’m instantly suspicious and trying to figure out why certain objects/decisions are significant. The upshot: the twists aren’t suprises 😦

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WWW Wednesday 23rd November 2016

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