The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
I finally understand why they are calling Ruth Ware the "Agatha Christie" of our day. I've previously only read one of her three published books (this one will make four total), that being The Woman in Cabin 10. It had a Christie vibe to it, but I wouldn't have called it particularly reminiscent of her besides the locked room feeling and the cast of potential suspects.
This one though... it really felt like a Christie book. Small cast of characters, dark and gloomy old mansion atmosphere, weather that cuts people off and leaves them stuck together... these are some of the fun classic Christie tricks of the trade, and Ware used them effectively for sure.
While I kind of figured out the who/the what long before the protagonist did, I had a blast following the story to its clash of an ending.
Now I feel like I need to go read The Lying Game and In a Dark, Dark Wood.
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