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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Written by: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)

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Nearly three million copies of Ruth Ware’s books sold worldwide. 

The highly anticipated fourth novel from Ruth Ware, the Globe and Mail and New York Times best-selling author of the In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game. 

Harriet Westaway - better known as Hal - makes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesn’t believe in the power of her trade. On a day that begins like any other, she receives a mysterious and unexpected letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but she also knows that she can use her cold-reading skills to potentially claim the money. 

Hal attends the funeral of the deceased and meets the family...but it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and that the inheritance is at the center of it.   

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

©2018 Ruth Ware (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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So good!

The narrator is my favorite and the story is so enthralling with its twists and turns. I recommend this book!!

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A Real Page Turner

Great story. The narrator was excellent. I always enjoy Imogene. Church. Ruth Ware at her best!!

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Narrator is amazing!!

Enjoyed it!! Definitely kept my attention with it’s slow building suspense! Imogen Church also does a fantastic job telling this story!

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Most slow moving and repetitive book EVER

This book was excruciatingly slow moving and repetitive, the actual premise of the story is interesting but my goodness, get to the point already......if not for the narrator I would never have gotten through it....the ending was so weak and saccharine I was actually angry that I stuck it out.....would definitely NOT recommend this book.

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She managed to cough at last

Please don’t be mad at me for I am being honest and writing what I felt since I promised to be honest in my reviews. The story had a good promising foundation and could have been executed in way much better dramatic thrilling way if we are going to count this novel in the thriller genre. I have figured out all the twists before arriving to them. As a reader there is nothing more beautiful than being shocked by a thriller book I think you can tell how I picked on the repetitive words in this book from the title of my review which repetition is not a bad thing if it’s done write for example with actions that character does to show their personality but in this case was words in the book and every one in this book coughed every time they speak. Another thing, maybe it’s a me thing but this would have translated better as a play perhaps since it’s a heavy dialogue driven. There was a looooooooot of telling with a little of showing. I needed to feel the character angry or sad and telling me they are sad or angry I heard her other book the latest one The Turning of the Key is better so I am giving Ruth Ware another chance. Sorry I am not trying to be harsh but I have to say my honest opinion

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I enjoyed listening to this book. I found the last 3 Chapters I had to listen to find out what happened. If I was reading it I wouldn't have put the book down.

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Another Ruth Ware Slam dunk!!

Imogen Church brings this story to life as if I was right there!! I highly enjoyed this audible book.

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Suspenseful and dramatic

This was my first book by Ruth Ware so I didn't know what to expect. it took me a while to get into it, I persevered only because it was recommended by a friend. A couple of hours later I was gripped by the story. I describe it as a mystery with a lot of family drama. The story itself is not family friendly - not simply because of the choice of language, but because of the disturbing cruelty of the characters - even before we find out the worst. At the same time, the book is a celebration of family, forgiveness, truth.

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Decent Thriller

I really enjoyed the premise of this book and at first was very captivated by it. By the end though I found it repetitive and a little too long. I would give the story more like 3.5.

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Pretty good

I don't know what it is about Ruth Ware novels. This is the second one I've listened to, and I find that, even though they can drag on quite a bit, they still keep me listening. One thing really bothered me about this novel though, it's something that should have gotten more attention from the characters but didn't at all, like whatsoever. That genuinely annoyed me because if it was something I found out about myself, I would be freaking out. Nevertheless, this was a pretty good novel, not as good as The Turn of a Key though.

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  • Kandice Kreutner
  • 2019-01-20

Favourite narrator for sure

Imogen Church does am incredible job(once again). She is phenomenal with ALL of the voices and accents! I was absolutely stuck on this book. Listened to the wee hours of the morning for many nights...tonight I'll get a good night's rest but will miss Hal and her "family"....

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  • Francie Healy
  • 2018-10-30

Brilliant, captivating, intense!

I became completely and utterly lost in this novel. At first I couldn't imagine where it was going. I thought I'd figure it out soon enough. But I didn't! I was constantly surprised and intrigued by the twists and turns, the questions and surprises, the depth of the unfolding mystery. Ruth Ware is a brilliant story teller, a master at mystery, and an exquisite writer. Imogen Church is the perfect narrator. I could hardly stop listening. I'd listen while I was driving to and from work, while I was doing mundane tasks at home (ironing, folding laundry, making salad); sometimes I'd just listen. I listened every possible chance I could. This is a fabulous, addictive, book in every way.