The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

This is my favorite Ruth Ware book yet. It was so good that I not only read it in record time but I was hesitant to begin another novel because I  knew nothing would come close to the excellence of  The Death of Mrs. Westaway.
This one has it all, a penniless sympathetic main character plus a creepy old house, a lie that’s spun out of control, dark and rainy weather plus writing that has you reading so quickly that time blurs. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book though it was one of those novels that you just don’t want to end.
When Hal Westaway receives a notice that she stands to inherit something from a grandmother she never knew, she is confused. Her mother, now dead, never spoke about her family and Hal isn’t sure she’s even related to this woman. But a small inheritance would really help her out.
Flat broke and being hunted by a loan shark for a small sum she must repay, Hal goes to the funeral and soon discovers there’s more to the inheritance Mrs. Westaway left to her than she initially thought.   She begins to question her mother, did she really know the truth about her? And the brothers fighting over the estate, what are they hiding? Who is locking her in the attic room each night, and why is “HELP ME” etched into the trim around the window?
I am warning you, this book is addictive. Its due out this summer and you will want to pre-order it immediately! I’m not a psychic but I have a feeling this will be adapted for film…



Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas promises to be another thrilling story that will keep me up past my bedtime. I just can’t get enough of suspense/thriller/mysteries! This one is getting amazing reviews, here’s the synopsis:

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.
The Swap
Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.
The Hideaway
But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.
Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?

This book promises to be exactly the kind of paranoid, slightly scary kind of story I am looking for. Read it now!


Another gripping mystery, this time from author Helen Fields.  features her character of Detective Inspector Luc Callanach. I’ve never read books by this author but I am so intrigued by the plot of this book so I think it might be the first of many that I dig into.
Here’s the scoop:

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.
Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing person’s case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.
It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

This crime thriller sounds chilling! I hope I’m not too scared…


Another scary creepy psychological story comes to us from A.J. Banner. After Nightfall centers around Marissa Parlette, a newly engaged woman whose receives a visit from an old friend named Lauren. She’s looking for forgiveness from something that happened years ago.
Soon after, Lauren’s dead body is discovered and now Marissa is scared. What happened to her friend, did she innocently fall? Was she pushed? Did she commit suicide? More questions begin to surface as Marissa start to dig deeper.
Lots of twists and turns in this book to keep you on your toes!


In The Vines by Shannon Kirk is a gothic thriller. The minute I hear “gothic thriller” I immediately feel chills up my spine because I think of darkened hallways and chilly staircases, creepy maids, and butlers, dusty bookcases, and empty rooms.
I am super excited to read this one!
Here’s what you need to know:

Mary Olivia Pentecost, known as Mop, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the country—and one of the most guarded. Now, two years after her mother’s mysterious death, Mop is seeking closure on the disquieting tragedy by returning to the New England seaside estate of her cloistered Aunty Liv—once her closest relative and confidante.
But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined. The puzzles of the family history are not to be shared, but unearthed. With each revelation comes a new, foreboding threat—and for Mop, the grave suspicion that to discover Aunty Liv’s secrets is to become a prisoner of them.
How well do we know the people we love? How well do we want to know them? The answers are as twisted as a tangle of vines in this throat-clutching novel of psychological suspense.

Throat clutching suspense? Sounds like something I am going to be staying up late to read!

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