Review // The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Sometimes it can be so hard to determine a rating for a book because it teeters just on the brink. And that is where The Death of Mrs. Westaway settles – teetering. I loved it, so a 5 ?, right? Yet, it didn’t have the same thrill for me as The Turn of the Key, so a 4 ?, right? I really struggled with this, but ultimately I settled on…
Ruth Ware has a great way of telling a story. She led me on a ‘this one or that one’ chase during The Death of Mrs. Westaway and I loved the web she weaved. With Mrs. Westaway’s death, Hal discovers a family she never knew she had. Unfortunately, as she finds out more about her past and the Westaway family, she could very well lose her life.
Mystery flows through Ware’s novel as her main character, Hal, discovers details surrounding her life from her past that will ultimately decide her future. Ware offers a constant cadence within the writing that allows for a great read that never once fell flat. I was extremely happy to have just a well-written story to simply enjoy.
Now for all the things I love about The Death of Mrs. Westaway, there are of course things that held me back with finding my full heart within this reading. For as simply enjoyable as this read is, The Death of Mrs. Westway didn’t offer the same measure of excitement found in other Ruth Ware novels. There are twists, some more obvious than others, but my suggestion is to read without expectations.
I’m a huge fan of Ruth Ware. I have read all of her books and each one is very unique – not just within the story, but how she ties the threads together to give each a smart ending. I was in no way disappointed with The Death of Mrs. Westaway as this novel took me back to the true mystery story where it simply is about the written word and not the action within.
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 Wood, The 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.