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I have read all of Ruth Ware's books and this is the best of her books yet. I found it to be a creepy page-turner with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. I liked the idea of the tarot card readings throughout with gave the book a mystical feeling. I found the characters well-developed and believable. I would highly recommend to those who like psychological thrillers. Looking forward to her next book!
It's ok. Ruth Ware's seems to all follow the same playbook: slightly implausible situations, unnecessary lies, characters who fluctuate wildly between taking crazy risks (the DON'T GO UP IN THE DARK ATTIC!!!! kind of risks) and being unwilling to say boo to a goose ... Remove those things, and you have no novel!
However ... it was fun. Once again, like Ware's "The Woman in Cabin 10" the fun seemed to tail off toward the end, as the Alert Reader's suspicions about what was going on were pretty well confirmed, and everything else began to feel like padding. I liked the use of the tarot cards, as a prop for main character Hal, and a way to focus her "reading" of the other characters' personalities and motivations. The tarot is a wonderful source of imagery and metaphor, and Ware uses it pretty well. I thought Ware took a risk with her references to "Rebecca" (The Big Spooky Old House that is the central to the Late Mrs. Westaway's contentious will is located near Penzance, so the whole novel has various hints and winks to "Rebecca.")
It just reminded me that Rebecca isn't just in another league from this -- it's on a whole different planet ...
Harriet 'Hal' Westaway is at a rough period in her life when she receives a letter stating that her grandmother, Hester Westaway, has died. She is a beneficiary. Surely, this is a mistake as her grandparents died long ago but she goes to the reading of the will. So begins this psychological thriller.
Picture, if you will, a cold and snowy eerie lake and an attic room with the barred which greets Hal when she arrives at Trepassen House, an old decrepid estate. She thinks she may receive a little money which could tide her over for awhile since tarot card reading just isn't paying the bills. That's not what she finds. As she meets family members she discovers that she is indeed part of the family. And, she unfolds parts of her past that have eluded her.
The author give clues slowly moving interestingly to a surprise ending. Referred by some as a gothic mystery, it is a well constructed plot that builds to a climatic ending. Good read.