4.5 fascinating Gothic stars
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This was my first Ruth Ware book. I know, where have I been? …..and boy I was not in the least disappointed. Put together a somewhat mistaken identity, a young girl on the run from a dangerous creditor of the broken teeth, broken bone variety, a strange family, a missing sister, a Gothic mansion, an old, scary, nasty housekeeper, and the death of the matriarch and you have the makings of this wonderful thriller.
Harriet, Hal Westerway receives a letter that will, she thinks, surely save her life. She is destitute, a reader of Tarot cards in a local midway, and in so need of some good news. It arrives in the form of a notice that she might possibly be a beneficiary of her late grandmother’s fortune. Harriet knows her past and knows that this woman, Mrs Westerway, could not possibly be her grandmother, but being desperate, Hal decides to travel to the Cornwall mansion, meet the family and carry on the deception. However, things do get strange as Hal becomes interested in finding out what happened to her supposedly missing aunt who left the Westerway mansion many years prior and was never heard from again.
Hal meets her supposed family and they seem to take her into their family circle, something she longs to be a part of. However, there is mystery afoot and as Hal gets in deeper and deeper into the lives of the Westerway family, she learns the truth. It could be a dangerous find for Hal and one in which her life could be lost.
In a truly wonderful thriller fashion, Ms Ware takes the reader on a ride through the Westerway past and creates a book that is addictive, hooking the reader in from the get go to the final scene. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.” (Francis Bacon) You will probably do all the things Mr Bacon suggested with this wonderfully written book.
This book was brought to me by my local library and my thanks and gratitude are always there for the awesome job they do.
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is the internationally bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and the forthcoming The Lying Game (July 2017). She is married with two small children. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.