Nearly three million copies of Ruth Ware’s books sold worldwide.
The highly anticipated fourth novel from Ruth Ware, the Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game.
Harriet Westaway—better known as Hal—makes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesn’t believe in the power of her trade. On a day that begins like any other, she receives a mysterious and unexpected letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but she also knows that she can use her cold-reading skills to potentially claim the money.
Hal attends the funeral of the deceased and meets the family...but it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and that the inheritance is at the center of it.
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 TheNew York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
"Ware absolutely slays with this rich and haunting homage to a good old-fashioned thriller. Her fourth — and perhaps best — novel is a murder-mystery classic in the making ... With her signature evocative storytelling, Ware methodically peels back layers and decades of family secrets, unveiling the dark ties that bind the Westaways. Each Westaway has skin in the game, and Ware has once again written a stellar cast of characters. Spooky and claustrophobic, Ware’s newest release will have you looking over your shoulder and sleeping with the light on. A master of atmosphere, Ware has crafted an indelible mystery with The Death of Mrs. Westaway."
– Katrina Sklepowich, Winnipeg Free Press
Praise for The Lying Game
“This is the sort of territory where Ruth Ware is most at home. She’s strongest when she’s writing about embattled women, best when characters have a slight sense of privilege about themselves, most effective when events creep along the edges of disaster. Ware’s new book has all of this plus an air of foreboding that won’t go away.”
– Toronto Star
“An addictive mystery that reminds us how lies can come back to haunt us, even when we think they’re long buried. An absorbing summer read perfect for a stormy night out at the lake, The Lying Game will capture your attention and hold it until the very end.”
– Winnipeg Free Press
"So many questions... Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!"
– Reese Witherspoon
"A single cryptic text, ‘I need you,’ reunites four friends in the stippled light of an English seaside village just as surely as it signals readers that they’re in the hands of a pro…The Lying Game makes good on its premise that tall tales have consequences, especially when they’re exposed to the glare of truth."
– New York Times
"Ware's third outing is just as full of psychological suspense as her earlier books, but there is a quietness about this one, a slower unraveling of tension and fear, that elevates it above her others...Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won't want to move until it's over."
– Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Ware masterfully harnesses the millhouse’s decrepit menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding, darkening Isa’s recollections of the weeks leading to Ambrose’s disappearance… with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet.”
– Booklist, Starred Review
"[An] engrossing psychological thriller... Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end.”
– Publishers Weekly
"Full of anticipation."
– Library Journal
"Another edge-of-your-seat thriller you don't want to miss."
“Readers who've devoured Ware's bestsellers The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood won't need much encouragement to pick up a copy of her latest thriller. This story…is as gripping and atmospheric as Ware's previous books, with unexpected twists around every corner.”
Praise for The Woman in Cabin 10
“Ware plunges the reader headlong into this action-packed, vivid tale, rendering one unable to come up for air until the very last page is turned.”
– Toronto Star
“A fantastic read. A fog-enshrouded cruise ship, a twisty puzzle of a murder mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie, and unrelenting suspense. Batten down the hatches and prepare to read it in one sitting!”
– Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
“A dark and gripping thriller that will enchant readers.”
– Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
“A claustrophobic page-turner that’ll have you suspecting everyone. Agatha Christie for the WhatsApp generation.”
– Tamar Cohen, author of The Broken
“An atmospheric thriller as twisty and tension-filled as her debut.”
– The Washington Post
“A suspenseful mystery that entangles friendship, identity and memory with a possible murder.”
"Ruth Ware is back with her second hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-tingling tale."
– Marie Claire
"A great modern whodunit!"
– New York Post
Praise for In a Dark, Dark Wood
“Prepare to be scared . . . Really scared! When I read this page-turning book about a bachelorette party gone wrong, I almost bit all my fingernails off!”
– Reese Witherspoon
“Who pulls a gun at a bachelorette party? The answers are unveiled with Gillian Flynn–style trickery.”
– O, The Oprah Magazine
“Reese Witherspoon’s making it into a movie, so read the book now. Before bed at your own risk.”
“Just try to guess how sinister this plot can get (hint: VERY).”
– Marie Claire
“[It] packs a noirish punch that would make the Queen of Crime herself proud.”
“Ruth Ware has written an exciting and amazing book that never stops circling the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes.”