My eleventh #bookvent selection is one which drew me in completely from the very start. It’s the first book I have read by this particular author but I had heard really good things about them so I thought it was a good place to begin. This has the feeling of a very traditional mystery thriller, akin to your Agatha Christie-eque style of story telling including an well to do family, a creeping old house and secrets that will have you guessing and second guessing yourself until the very last page. Full of suspense and an overwhelmingly creepy feeling, my day eleven #bookvent choice is …
The Death of Mrs Westaway
by Ruth Ware
When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.
There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her.
Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…
The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10.
Reading back over my review, and thinking back about the book, I’d be very hard pressed to tell you exactly what it was about this book that clicked with me, but something certainly did, and from the moment I picked it up and started reading, I really didn’t want to put it down. Perhaps it was the setting, a creepy old house in the Cornish countryside that appealed to me as I do like a dark and foreboding abode. Perhaps it was the central character, Hal, who, whilst young and incredibly vulnerable, had a strength and presence of mind about her which more than made her able to carry the story. Maybe, just maybe, it was the way in which lie after lie was exposed and the dark past of the Westaway family became clear to me as I moved on. Or maybe it was the way in which the author incorporated the story of a former resident of the house within the story, her tale so dark and harrowing it practically made my skin crawl. Whatever it was, I couldn’t step away from the book until I was done. I was compelled to keep reading into the small hours, as desperate as Hal to learn the truth. And it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. So much misdirection, it was wonderful. Not really what you’d call a cosy crime, but this book was one of the few psychological thrillers that I’ve read this year that really grabbed my attention.
If you want to read my full review, you can find it here. The book is available to purchase from the following retailers:
Happy #bookvent reading all