Publisher: Harvill Secker
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
I admit I haven’t read any of Ruth Ware’s previous thrillers, although I do own her first novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood. However, as soon as I read the blurb, I knew that I had to make The Death of Mrs Westaway a priority. And in the end, I was glad I gave this a chance: it was a really good gothic mystery, and I’m excited to read more of Ruth Ware’s books in the future.
The Death of Mrs Westaway reminded me of Agatha Christie, Rebecca, and, surprisingly, Kate Morton. The big house, the lost diary, and the disappearance in the past meant that this novel had all the ingredients to win me over. And the truth is, it did. I really enjoyed it. I found the premise quite exciting – a young woman who is mistaken for another but sets out to get an inheritance anyway- and there was this “locked room” aspect that made it more interesting because you knew someone in the house was hiding more than one secret.
The mystery was well plotted, and though I didn’t find it particularly shocking, I nevertheless thought it was quite good and it left me satisfied. I liked the relationships between the characters and enjoyed the author’s evocative writing and the tarot storyline, so I believe The Death of Mrs Westaway is a solid mystery for any fan of the genre. Still, I have to say to say there was one chapter where anyone could’ve guessed a detail that took the main character a couple of LONG pages to realize. I was anxious, but she finally reached that same conclusion. Thank god 😉
I hadn’t read any of this gothic mansion mystery books for a while, and I realized how much I miss them, so I am really happy that this book reunited me with the genre.
Many thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review