As I’ve said before, there are a few reasons that I decide whether or not I listen to the book or pick up the paper. Imogen Church is one of them.
She is a British narrator that has a way of telling the story that is soooo compelling, when I see that it is her that narrates, it’s a no-brainer. She portrays each character with their separate personalities, accents, and voices along with the ups and downs of the scenes. HER ACTING ABILITY BRINGS THE WORDS TO LIFE. I’m listening, Imogen…
Now onto the ACTUAL book! Ruth ware is a phenomenal thriller writer. This book is filled with twists and turns and doesn’t disappoint. Hal, the protagonist is interesting, strong, and complete. There were times that I thought I knew exactly where the story was going, but I was a bit off and I’m usually dead on-Pardon the pun 🙂
There are quite a bit of charactersin this book, two with the same name, so it is tough to keep them all straight at first. It comes as they are developed more, and let me tell you-they are developed. I like when the author takes time to do this and when I learn new things along the way.
Tarot Card Reading
“The Cards do not predict the future. All they can do is show us how a given situation may turn out, based on the energies we bring to the reading. Another day, another mood, a different set of energies, and the same question could have a completely different answer… We have free will. The answer the cards give can turn us in our path.”Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Hal is a tarot reader. Throughout the book, Ware sheds light on the world of tarot. I love gaining this insight, this view from another’s world. Having a reading done for myself is something I have been thinking about lately, even before listening to this book. I am STILL on the fence! But, if I can take away one thing from a novel that’s new to me, it’s a win!
The takeaway- Listen. You’ll be hooked on the narrator, Imogen Church and Ruth Ware if you haven’t read any of her novels already. Although “The Death of Mrs. Westaway”was good, her earlier novel, “In a Dark, Dark, Wood” (also narrated by Church) was better. Pick one and get started! Click on either title and start a free Audible trial to judge for yourself – you’ll be glad you did!