THE DEATH OF MRS WEST­AWAY

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Ruth Ware Loot.co.za (R209) Harvill

RUTH Ware has sold the film rights to her pre­vi­ous best-seller,

In A Dark, Dark Wood to Reese Wither­spoon, so she is well on the way to thriller-writer roy­alty. Her lat­est book is pos­si­bly even more cin­e­matic.

Hal is a dam­aged young woman who un­ex­pect­edly in­her­its a big house in Corn­wall which is still home to a big, posh fam­ily who are not best pleased.

Hal re­alises there has been a mis­take – she shouldn’t have in­her­ited the house at all – but is torn about whether to re­veal the truth as she is heav­ily in debt.

Ware shame­lessly chucks in el­e­ments of Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier and blends them with a gutsy take on the dan­gers of con­fronting the evils of dam­aged but priv­i­leged peo­ple.

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