Reading with Bowie: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Now that fall semester is back in full swing, I haven't had as much time to read for pleasure. But I'm caught up for today and it's raining outside, so it seemed like a good excuse to finish Ruth Ware's latest book. This has been my favorite of hers so far (see my August 13th review of Woman in Cabin 10) and I finally understand why so many people compare her to Agatha Christie!
Eighteen-year-old Hal Westaway is grieving the loss of her mother while trying to make ends meet and fend off an increasingly threatening loanshark, when she receives a letter informing her of the recent death of her grandmother and the inheritance bequeathed to her. This letter could be an answer to her financial woes, but Hal knows it's not intended for her: her grandparents have been dead for more than two decades. Yet the temptation is too great and Hal arrives at the crumbling Trespassen estate prepared to pretend she is indeed the daughter of Maud Westaway, twin of Ezra and sister of Abel and Harding, who disappeared years before without a trace. And as Hal finds herself pulled deeper into this family mystery, she discovers a personal connection as well as danger lurking in the shadows if the past. With its tarot cards leitmotif, The Death of Mrs. Westaway also reminded me of Kate Mosse's Sepulchre. Ultimately, when dealing with the Westaway family and all their secrets and lies, Hal must remember her late mother's warnings about reading tarot cards: "there is no meaning apart from what you want to see, and what you are afraid of turning up."
What's your favorite rainy day read?