Reading One Of My Most Anticipated Books Of 2018...

The Death of Mrs Westaway - Ruth Ware
Published by Harvill Secker on 28th June 2018.
My rating: 5/5
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Ruth Ware is a household name in the thriller genre these days and if you’re yet to throw yourself into one of her books, you’re missing out. She’s got that skill of being able to entertain and surprise you with her complex plots whilst maintaining a sense of realness to her stories. No one likes it when a thriller crosses the line into ridiculous but fear not, you don’t have to worry about that with Ware.

Her first three novels In A Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game were all great and she's particularly talented at creating vivid characters. Harriet Westaway is a struggling young woman working as a tarot card reader on a Brighton pier. She’s in debt to some terrifying people and trapped in a life of worrying. Then, she receives a letter in the post to say that she’s inherited some money from her grandmother. The name and address are right, but Hal doesn’t think it can be true. She has no known surviving grandparents.

This is a fantastic idea for a book. The combination of the a striking premise and the reputation of Ruth Ware made it one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018. It turned out to be a fast-paced and daring thriller which I couldn’t recommend enough.

While I found the plot confusing at times and really had to concentrate at the peak of this book, it was a rewarding read. The plot twists are shocking, the characters are gritty and the writing is fantastic. You do go back and forth a couple of times in the story and there are characters with similar names so you do have to pay attention.

The family have that wealthy kind of darkness, where everyone seems innocent on the outside and you never know who to trust. As Hal uncovers the mystery of what happened years ago, you are thrown about so much you’ll finish it with serious trust issues.

In short, this reminded me of exactly why I love reading thrillers so much.

Love, Jess

Thank you Penguin for an advance copy of The Death of Mrs Westaway.


  1. When a most anticipated book becomes a 5 star read... I love it so much!! I really want to read them. I bought The Lying Game this week, and I'm excited to check it out this summer. I've never read Ruth Ware.


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