The Death of Mrs. Westaway - Ruth Ware

I really, really liked this book. Mainly because it ticked so many boxes of the things I truly enjoy in a novel.


The atmosphere of this book was wonderfully gothic, dark and atmospheric and the Trepassen house, situated in the dark, rainy and dreary Cornwall, felt like a character of its own. The mysterious and creepy servant, an angsty female main character and a whole lot of secrets surrounding the family and their ancestral home added to the DuMaurier feeling of this novel.

It took the story a little while to get interesting, though, and I didn´t particularly like the first 60 pages. But this didn´t diminish my overall enjoyment of the book.


I´ve read this for square “13” for Halloween bingo. There are elements of superstition throughout this novel (references to the Magpie nursery rhyme and the main character is heavily into the art of tarot reading). It would also work for the square Gothic, Murder Most Foul, Amateur Sleuth, New Release, Terrifying Women and Genre: Suspense.