The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Desperation leads Hal to temptation when she receives an invitation to the funeral and will reading of Mrs. Westaway. She goes with intentions of lying her way into a fortune and ends up finding family and murder after her mother's death.
Back on my summer reads baby! I'm liking all of these mystery novels like Girl on the Train, Gone Girl etc. because the female characters are deliciously imperfect and feel so real. Ruth Ware has written four thriller novels including In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game and the latest, The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Every single novel of her's I have consumed at top speed and recommend for summer reading lists.
I can usually figure out the mystery about mid-way but this one brought me several theories and I just couldn't figure out the twist. I read it on my iPad and I'm pretty thankful for the highlight/notes feature because I tend to get lost between characters and relationships and that feature allows me to highlight and look back quickly.
There were a few good twists in this one. I knew that Hal was related by blood to this family but I couldn't figure out how. Sprinkled throughout the book were diary entries that had me flip flopping between two women who could potentially be Hal's mother. When you're not trying to figure out who her parents are you're busy trying to figure out who is a murderer and I'm still trying to figure out the housekeeper because she was a creep show!
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.