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The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game.

'The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
'If you’re an Agatha Christie fan then you’ll love this eerie new offering from mega-author Ruth Ware… Dark, unsettling and brilliant.' HEAT
'[An] explosive claustrophobic family drama laced with a touch of du Maurier.' WOMAN & HOME
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.

Reviews

The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting.

AJ Finn, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

I read it compulsively, trying to undo the knotty puzzles so cleverly constructed by Ware. I really enjoyed the suspenseful atmosphere all the way from the beginning to the satisfying end.

Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days

If you’re an Agatha Christie fan then you’ll love this eerie new offering from mega-author Ruth Ware… Dark, unsettling and brilliant.

HEAT

Ruth Ware gets better and better with each new novel

Sarra Manning, Red Online

A dark tale by one of the best thriller writers around.

Independent

Few contemporary novelists understand the power of an isolated landscape better than Ruth Ware… her best yet!

METRO

Full of eerie atmosphere and intrigue… the story is deftly told and compelling

The Sun

Ruth Ware does that amazing thing of creating a compellingly gripping premise for a book.

BBC Radio 2 Sara Cox Book Club

Ware’s fourth novel reaffirms her position as one of the best thriller writers around today… This cleverly plotted murder mystery-meets-psychological family drama is dark enough to send a shiver down one’s spine even on the hottest summer’s day.

Independent

Deliciously dark and spooky mystery.

Sunday Mirror

A spooky, atmospheric mystery.

BEST

Dark and dramatic, with twists and turns aplenty, it will keep you gripped to the shocking end.

MY WEEKLY

[An] explosive claustrophobic family drama laced with a touch of du Maurier.

Woman & Home

Atmospheric and eerie with Agatha Christie vibes.

Prima

Ruth Ware gets better and better with each new novel.

Red

With secrets, guilt and betrayal, this is worthy of Agatha Christie.

Candis

Ruth Ware has sold the film rights to her previous bestseller, In a Dark, Dark Wood, to Reese Witherspoon, so she is well on her way to thriller-writer royalty. Her latest book is possible even more cinematic

Daily Mail

A gutsy contemporary take on the dangers of confronting the evils of damaged but privileged people

Daily Mail

Ruth Ware’s fourth novel reaffirms her position as one of the best thriller writers around

i

Ware is so brilliant at writing women at their mean, manipulative best – and somehow doing it sympathetically. Gripping

The Pool

Highly atmospheric, with touches of gothic and Daphne du Maurier

Marcel Berlins, The Times

It’s truly a gripping story… full of twists and I delighted in each one

Nicola Smith, Nudge

You cannot stop yourself charging through this story

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781911215035

    July 15, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    RRP $35.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781911215042

    July 2, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Extract

29 November 1994

The magpies are back. It’s strange to think how much I used to hate them, when I first came to the house. I remember coming up the drive in the taxi from the station, seeing them lined up along the garden wall like that, preening their feathers.

Today there was one perched on the frost-rimed branch of yew right outside my window, and I remembered what my mother used to say when I was little and whispered ‘Hello, Mr Magpie’ under my breath, to turn away the bad luck.

I counted them as I dressed, shivering next to the window. One on the yew tree. A second on the weathervane of the folly. A third on the wall of the kitchen garden. Three for a girl.

It seemed like an omen, and for a moment I shivered. Wishing, wondering, waiting…

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