Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
“On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.”
This book kept me guessing until the very end! I am not one who is able to see the twists in most books coming unlike my mother who from page ten can smell the twist coming, but even she didn’t guess certain parts. Once again Ruth Ware keeps her readers on the edge of their seats.
While I really enjoyed the character of Hal and Ezra (well for most of the book,) I found most of the other characters to be drab and whiny. However this made it even better because you are cheering for Hal the whole time. Hal is such a hard working person who is simply down on her luck and missing her mother and the life they lived.
This book really reminded me of the movies Knives Out because both feature a large heritage being given to some down on their luck person to the dismay and objections to cocky and privileged family members.
I was unable to give the book a five because there became parts when the plot seemed muddled and hard to get through. Understandably this gives to the plot because it is such a mystery who Hal is and how she is related to this family if at all, but I think there could have been a way to clear it up.
Overall this book kept me hooked and the ending was so great I had to go back and read it again to take it all in! This is an especially great fall book to curl up with by the fire and with a nice cup of Saigon Chai Tea.
What is your favorite Ruth Ware book?
Until next time that’s the tea!