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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Written by: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Great story

Tough start, a little slow at the beginning but really good overall. Love the narrator

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Ruth Ware is extraordinary.

Stayed up all night to finish it. lost so much sleep because the book was so good.

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So slow!!!!

This was a story that could have been told in 30 minutes. SO MUCH UNNECESSARY detail. Great performance by narrator tho!!!

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WOW

I really enjoyed this story.. so full of twists, turns and an unexpected outcome. I couldn't stop listening, I had to know what happened next and it didn't disappoint...

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Love a Good Mystery

Very well written story. Not a fan of the narrator and the sometimes "goofy" voices she gave to secondary characters. Wish she would have toned her performance down a bit and allowed the words on the page to shine thru more. Overly dramatized. Awesome story tho and well worth a read!

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meh

it started nice and interesting but for really booring. I finished it but I still have lots of questions to the story. save your money and pass this book

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Great Mystery

Not an Agatha Christie where you are in the dark until the very end. I loved being able to piece this together along with Hal as the story progressed. If you pay attention, the clues are there for you to figure out the truth for yourself. Narration was perfect and was a pleasure to listen to.

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Excellent! Definitely worth a second listen!

This book is fantastic! It's my first book by Ruth Ware and also my first by narrator Imogen Church and I highly impressed by both. Personally I find the most difficult part of choosing an audio book is the narrator. More often than not I can't stand listening to many of them, but Imogen Church was a delight! She doesn't rush, she does amazing voices so you always know who is speaking and she brings an emotion and truth to the reading making you feel like you are really there. It's been a while since I was so disappointed to have the book be over! I found myself wishing it would continue for several more hours.

The author did a wonderful job of creating believable, real characters. I grew very attached to quite a few of them, another reason I was sad for it to be over. The story was very intriguing and kept me guessing. I had several theories as to how it would all turn out in the end, but those kept changing as I read along.

Normally I only listen to audio books on my way to and from work each day, but this one was so wonderful I found myself listening at home while making dinner or folding laundry and even listened at work during breaks because I couldn't wait for more! I actually think I will listen to this one again soon because I enjoyed it so much and would like to see what extra details I can pull from it a second time around.

I highly recommend it!

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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.