Book Review of The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs Westaway
Goodreads Rating: 3.81
Published: 4/30/2019
Page Count: 368
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"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware's highly anticipated fourth novel. 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…
3.1Overall Score
  • Characters
  • Cover Art
  • Impact
  • Pacing
  • Plot
  • Writing

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Quick Review

  • At times the story felt like it jumped, or I missed a scene, and I felt lost until it picked back up to a logical place. I think this was past text that wasn’t as obvious as it could have been in the audio version (I haven’t seen the paper version so have no comparison).
  • The main character is portrayed as a very bright, witty and strong, however the plot relies on her not seeing obvious points that the reader can easily pick up on.
  • Felt the plot/ending was obvious about halfway through the book, and then slowly builds to the end that you already know.

In Depth Review

Overall I found the story entertaining and a great way to pass time while cleaning, etc. (I listened to the audio version). While the story became predictable about halfway through, I still found the story rhythmic and colorful to listen to nonetheless. The plot was weak and I feel like this was a short story dragged out into a novel.

Audiobook Review

  • The narrator has a pleasant British voice.
  • The narrator does great voices that I enjoyed and felt brought the story to life. Some may find them a bit over the top, but I did in the best of ways.
  • The book is not read slowly, but not quickly, keeping a medium pace.
  • It’s my opinion that the narrator’s way of reading, flow, and character voices made this book much more pleasant and enjoyable.

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