The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Reviewed by Ginny!
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: wine. As I do.
Spoiler-free Overview: hal is in a tough spot when she receives the letter (she thinks mistakenly) that she might receive a portion of inheritance from a mrs. Westaway. She shows up the house and theres a creepy housekeeper, some uncles, and drama.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book was trying so hard to be Agatha Christie and boy was it not. The twists and turns could be seen from a mile away. I found myself turning pages to make sure I was right rather than because I wanted to read it.
Characters: a number of the characters were more caricatures rather than real people. Hal had some depth but so many of the characters (mostly women) were already dead or missing so the stories of them were half told or mysterious truths… the uncles felt like paper figures to fit a mold. The housekeeper didnt have a real personality.
Plot: like I said, Agatha Christie but without promise. The plot fell upon cliches time after time and there was bo real surprise at the end of the book.
Writing Style: not gonna bother writing anything.
World Building: still not worth it.
ugh. I called one of the uncles being her dad at about 33% in and that her “mother” was actually her quasi-aunt. The plot about someone trying to kill her (both in the house and back at her actual home) felt trite and unneccessary. And the ending was a little too well tied up.
What to pair it with: Natty Light. I had a literal conversation with Sam, Parker, and my friend Liz about what drink tasted bad AND didn’t actually get you drunk and boy did my college experience deliver.
Rating: 2/5. I really didn’t like it but it wasnt the worst thing Ive read.
Sleep well and I wish you good books.