Book Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway


“Never believe it, Hal. Never believe your own lies.”

I’ve been a Ruth Ware fan now for a couple of years. Even though her first two books, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood get loads of criticism, I really enjoyed each story. I did not particularly enjoy her last book The Lying Game, but I believe that The Death of Mrs. Westaway really redeemed Ware, at least in my eyes.

The whole time I was reading this book, I felt as if I could be reading an Agatha Christie novel. This was a total whodunnit, and Christie is even referenced in the beginning! Foreshadowing the type of story to come? I think so 😉
While Ware’s first three books are more thriller, this novel was pure mystery, and a very good mystery at that. Even though I figured out the twisty turns a bit before they were revealed, I was still at the edge of my seat with anticipation; what exactly was going on at the creepy Trepassen House?
In addition, I just like Ware’s writing. Her descriptions are vivid, and when the action picks up, I have to force myself to slow down as my heart starts to beat faster. I just really, really enjoy Ruth Ware.

I pre-ordered this book, as well as book 3. And as soon as Ware announces her 5th novel, you best believe I will pre-order that one, too 🙂

If you like British mysteries, Agatha Christie, and … well, obviously Ruth Ware, I definitely recommend this read.

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