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Today, I'll be discussing one of the most anticipated novels of the year, The Death of Mrs Westaway. Ruth Ware's fourth novel will be officially released on May 29, 2018 (in just six days)! A big thanks to Gallery/Scout Press for sending me a free ebook ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
On an ordinary day, Hal receives a strange letter referring to her upcoming inheritance. As she's reading it, she realizes that this letter has been sent to the wrong person. However, she's also realized that this newfound information could assist her in claiming the large sum of money. Soon enough, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where she comes to terms with the fact that there is something very wrong about this situation and the letter she has "accidentally" received.
I had been eager to read The Death of Mrs. Westaway since it was announced months ago! Those of you who keep up with my weekly posts know that I'm a huge fan of Ruth Ware's writing style. She's a brilliant author- her word choice is eloquent yet concise. And she never fails to create and portray vivid and colorful characters, all of which are full of life.
Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed with her latest novel. While The Death of Mrs. Westaway features memorable characters and an interesting plot, the storyline lacks suspense and mystery. Unlike her past novels, which include a sense of dread and danger in every page, this novel reads nothing like a mystery or thriller.
As I read the book, I found myself bored with the plot. The storyline became very repetitive, very quickly, which resulted in a terribly slow, drawn-out novel. Although the novel is 336 pages, readers don't get a sense of excitement until the last 60. And while the last 20 pages read like an action packed page-turner, by then, many readers are anxious to finish.
Whilst The Death of Mrs. Westaway had the potential to be a thrilling and captivating read, its lack of action made me eager to reach the end.
Although this is my least favorite of Ware's novels, I continue to encourage my readers to pick up one of her works! The Lying Game continues to be my favorite up to date.
Want to read my full review of The Lying Game? Access "AZE Reviews New York Times Best Sellers" located in the April archive!
Do you plan on reading The Death of Mrs. Westaway? Let me know down in the comments below!