Tag: suspense

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware
Published: May 29, 2018

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 2-20, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

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.

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 centre of it.

Jessica’s Review:

The premise of Mrs. Westaway had me intrigued and I could not wait to read it!  I was able to get it on audio from my library.  There is nothing wrong with Ware’s writing, in fact I love it, but I just did not connect with Hal. She is dealing with hard times financially and once she gets this letter she plans on conning the family as she is not the intended recipient of the inheritance. She shows up and then things just get out of hand. “Don’t Lie!” should be the moral here.

It is a character driven novel with a gothic feel to it. There are many mysteries occurring throughout the novel.  What kept me reading was that I wanted to know what was going to ultimately happen.  When the twists occurred, I didn’t really feel anything, due to my lack of connection with Hal.  If I had connected with Hal I am sure I would have loved this novel. When it was over I did not really know how to feel: The mysteries were solved, but I still am not sure how I feel about the direction taken.

Imogene Church has narrated all of Ware’s novels and I love her! She narrates the novels wonderfully.  My favorite Ware novel is The Woman in Cabin 10.  All of her novels are character driven, so be prepared for a slow moving novel (Which I do not mean in a negative way) all the way up to the conclusion.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

First Line Friday #56

Today’s First Line Friday is a recent release and one I received from Book of the Month.  I hope to read it soon!  I will share the first two lines this week as together they pull you in and have you wanting to continue! I love this cover as it shows the essence of what this book is about.

Her husband’s almost home.  He’ll catch her this time.

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Cryer’s Cross

Author: Lisa McMann
Published: February 8, 2011
240 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind. But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico. Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….

Kim’s Review:

First of all, I really hate that description. I was drawn in by the amazing cover and the description intrigued me, so Ivan gave it to me for Christmas. It only took me 24 hours to read, and now that I have, that description sucks!!!! Thankfully, the book did not. I will admit that it started out a little slow. I felt very sorry for Kendall, who struggles with OCD and lost her best friend. There was a hopelessness that lingered just on the edge of her life and I kept turning page after page, willing her to be alright. There was also very little teenage drama.

The things that McMann dealt with were real issues facing teenagers whose peers had gone missing. Kendall’s feelings and rationale were very reasonable, considering her condition and the circumstances. The one issue I did have was the fact that half the book went by before the mystery even really presented itself. Sure, kids had gone missing, but that was it. There were no leads, there were no real suspects, there was no resolution in sight until at least the halfway mark. The first half of the book was far more focused on Kendall’s emotional well-being, than the disappearances. But, when the mystery finally started to unravel, the resolution was awesome! It was simple, uncomplicated, and very easy to understand. And super CREEPY! I really liked this book! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller, or for older teenagers looking for a good read.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK