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The Death of Mrs. Westaway
2018
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Hal (Female), Tarot card reader, Receives a letter about a substantial inheritance meant for someone else;
Genre
Fiction
Suspense
Literary
Psychological
Topics
Inheritance
Emotions
Goth culture
Claustrophobia
Crime
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In this tense, twisty modern gothic set in England from bestseller Ware (The Lying Game), Harriet "Hal" Westaway receives a letter stating that her grandmother, Hester Westaway, is dead, and that Hal is a beneficiary of her will. Hal knows there's been a mistake-her grandmother was named Marion Westaway and died two decades earlier-but the 21-year-old orphan owes a lot of money to some dangerous people, feels comfortable stealing a small sum from wealthy strangers, and decides to use the skills she's honed as a fortune teller on Brighton's West Pier to scam some quick cash. But when she arrives at the crumbling family estate in Cornwall, neither the inheritance nor the Westaways are what she expects. Moreover, she begins to suspect that her invitation was no accident. Is Hal playing the Westaways, or is she somebody's pawn? Evocative prose, artfully shaded characters, and a creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere keep the pages of this explosive family drama turning. Agent: Eve White, Eve White Literary (U.K.). (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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. <br> <br> 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 her claim the money.<br> <br> Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.<br> <br> Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
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