Publisher: Harvill Secker
Release date: 28 June 2018
Back cover blurb: The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast. There's just one problem - Hal's real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger's funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her. Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…
Harriet (Hal) Westaway is down on her luck and pretty desperate when she receives a letter from a solicitor in Cornwall, informing her that she has inherited a substantial bequest from her Grandmother and that her presence would be appreciated at the funeral.
Harriet would not think twice about this, were her own grandparents not dead for twenty years already. Deciding to go to the funeral out of curiosity, Hal vows to tell the truth as soon as she arrives. But she is not expecting a kindly solicitor or a welcoming family of “uncles” and cousins.
Hal is sidelined by the intrigue she has for her newfound family. For although she is not the Harriet Westaway they are looking for, she is still a Westaway. And there are things that she doesn’t know about her Mother’s life before her that she is determined to find out.
Despite her financial woes, Harriet’s main reason for deception does seem to be genuine interest in the Westaway family and its secrets. Of which there seems to be many ...
For this reason, I couldn’t help but like Harriet, though at times I wanted to shake or shout at her to stop what she was doing and think about the consequences.
The death of Mrs Westaway is another brilliant Ruth Ware novel that has something for everyone.
The Death of Mrs Westaway is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.