The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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About The Book

The 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.

About The Author

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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 New York Times and Globe and Mail (Toronto) bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark WoodThe Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Turn of the Key. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 25, 2020)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982143404

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Raves and Reviews

Praise for Death of Mrs Westaway:

 

“Easily the hottest suspense novel of the last few months. . . . A lovely getaway book.”
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"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

Awards and Honors

  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Adults

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