Image of The Death of Mrs. Westaway


Image of The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Ruth Ware’s master storytelling again sets readers on edge as the story of Hal Westaway unfolds in the creepy Trepassen House. The story takes time to set up, and the beginning is a bit slow; however it is necessary to get the full experience of what Hal is going through, and how her situation came to be. With an eerie background, a bleak, cold winter and strangers masked as family, Hal has found herself in an ever increasingly dangerous situation that she cannot find a way out of.

Hal Westaway is broke and trying to find a way out of her increasing debt and danger to the local loan shark. When she mistakenly receives a letter of inheritance, she decides to press her luck and see what will come of it. However, when she arrives at Trepassen House to claim the false inheritance, her role as an imposter is increasingly hard to manage. Trepassen House isn’t the idyllic mansion on the seaside like Hal imagined it to be, and someone there is desperate to keep its secrets hidden. As Hal begins to question and uncover the disturbing past, the danger around her grows and she is the only one who can bring it all to light. (GALLERY, Jun., 384 pp., $26.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sarah Frobisher