The Death Of Mrs Westaway - Book Review

The Death Of Mrs Westaway - Book Review - Incredible Opinions

The Death Of Mrs Westaway ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Author: Ruth Ware
Published in:  May 2018
Buy at:  Amazon

“Never believe it, Hal. Never believe your own lies. ” ― Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs Westaway


Having liked Ruth Ware's 'The Turn Of The Key', I wanted to read her backlist titles. I stumbled upon the copy of 'The Death Of Mrs Westaway' which I couldn't resist.

The Death Of Mrs Westaway is a story of secrets. A twenty-one-year-old girl, Harriet, living in Brighton finds out that she has bequeathed a grand mansion after the demise of her grandmother, Mrs Westaway. Trying to make both ends meet after the death of her mother and horrified with the threats by a loan shark, Harriet has no other alternative than to go and play granddaughter even knowing the fact that her grandmother has died a long time before. Harriet enters the 'Trespassen house' with the hope of clearing her debts but she falls into the deep secrets of the house. She knows that there is something very very wrong in this house.

I like Ruth Ware's writing style and this book is no exception. I love the slow-burning mystery and suspense. This book is smart in a way that the reader is not trying to guess "whodunnit" but "how" and "why". It is one of those books which I enjoy reading because I like reading the narration, choice of words, complex relationships and slow unfolding mystery.

The eerie atmosphere plays a significant role in setting the psyche of the book. It was gripping from the very first sentence for me at the mention of magpies. So, a perfect read for those who enjoy gothic novels. All the characters are relatable and memorable.

I'd recommend this book to all the Ruth Ware fans, psychological thriller fans and to all who love reading a slow-burning mystery with complex relationships.