• Rachel Penate

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Updated: Apr 10, 2020


★★★★ (both scales)

★★★★★ (audiobook)


I’m not entirely sure what I love about Ruth Ware, as her books are all pretty similar and predictable. Maybe it’s the dark & creepy English countryside — a departure from my normal Arizona sun. Or maybe it’s the easily relatable young female protagonists. Whatever it is, I truly enjoy the ride she takes you on. And, in the end, that’s what really matters right?

WHAT I LOVED: The setting and plot. Creepy old decaying mansion? Mysterious family you’re entirely unsure how you’re related to? Yup, pretty sure it’s the element of intrigue that always leads me back to Ware’s stories. Her books aren’t true thrillers, but rather a prolonged mystery. I know this is big to say, but she reminds me a lot of a modern Agatha Christie.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE: I struggled a bit with the whole sub-plotline of Hal as a Tarot card reader. I appreciate that Ware highlighted it as an act for Hal rather than a true belief, but superstition-based practices like this just make me very uncomfortable.

Overall, my favorite of Ware’s books. I’d recommend if you enjoy the fast-paced, somewhat predictable mystery.


If you enjoy Ruth Ware, yes, for sure! If you can't stand slow-burn mysteries, then you won't like this one. Click here for more info and praise for Westaway.

*Sensitivity Warnings*: Sudden death & murder (described but not too detailed).

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