2018 Book #43 – The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

51C4xxzWsHLTitle: The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Date finished: 6/1/18
Genre: Thriller, suspense
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Pages in book: 384
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: NetGalley
NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

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 center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

My rating:  4.5 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I had heard a lot of good things about this author recently, but I haven’t had a chance to read any of her books up until now. I was excited to get the opportunity to read this book. The plot line of this book I thought was great, there were so many twists and turns that by the end I couldn’t wait to see what was truth and what was lies. I thought the author did a great job of gently guiding you down a particular path and making you believe things while at the same time presenting facts that would help lead us to the real answer in the end. The answer was right under our noses all along! And the ending really just threw me for such a loop – I didn’t see it coming and it was such a great twist ending. There were a couple small slow parts but other than that I couldn’t put the book down. I also really liked the incorporation of the tarot cards and their meanings. I thought that was such an interesting addition to the story line and also made the whole plot seem a bit more mystical and mysterious. This book was full of danger and heart-pounding tension, and I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future. I would definitely recommend this one!

Link to author website

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2018 Status Update: May


May was definitely a busy month. I participated in the Bout of Books challenge this month, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to read as much as I wanted to. Work was just so crazy this month, I’ve been working a lot of extra hours and it didn’t leave a lot of time for reading. I am currently (like right now) at (another) Quilting Retreat (for Mom, Reading for me!) so I’m hoping to be doing some extra reading! Anyways, here are some highlights from May for me:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 6
# pages read this month: 2,426
# books read year-to-date: 42
# pages read year-to-date: 13,850

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

I can’t really say I was crazy about anything this month. I’m not sure if it was how distracted I was with work or what but I found myself dragging through most of the books I read this month. Not that I didn’t enjoy what I read in May I just can’t say I really loved any of them.

Other Posts this month:

A Duke Like No Other BLOG TOUR!!
Bout of Books 22 posts
The Duke of Lies BLOG TOUR!!

Next Month TBR List:

Next month I only have a good number titles scheduled:

-When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
-The Opposite of Here by Tara Attlebrando
-This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell
-Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
-Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
-The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
-Believe Me by JP Delaney
-The Highlander’s Promise by Lynsay Sands
-One for the Rogue by Manda Collins

Plus I’m starting to fall a little behind for previous 2018 books now, I’m up to 10 from Jan-May that I missed so I’ll have to read those at some point in addition to the 59 from 2017 and 2016 that I still have to read. Luckily! I am at a retreat right now where I am reading all weekend and THEN the third week in June I am in wonderful MAINE at my family’s house where there will be no distractions and I can read to my heart’s content!

Happy reading!