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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the home’s cameras, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder—but somebody is.

 

Condition: New

Hardcover, Published August 6, 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

ISBN: 9781501188770

3 reviews for The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

  1. Chandra

    Getting big The Death of Mrs. Westaway vibes with this one – “suspenseful gothic read around an old house full of secrets”. Ware has the knack for the slow burn… the atmospheric read. Bring in a bit of tech savviness to make this old house with a history into a bit of a modern creep factory and we get paranormal vibes, misbehavioral attitudes from the children, malfunctions and a little bit of where are we going here? Is this paranormal? Is the house going to be “too smart”? Is there something wrong with the children? So many possibilities!

    My interest was piqued and my need to known remained at a high level for the majority of this book. I did have moments where I wanted things explored a bit more. Bring in this high level, smart house, and you get vibes that maybe something’s going to go a bit haywire here but turns out it’s really more a nuisance than anything – glitch me. Bring in this ghostly atmosphere and give me more background/history of the house and former/current occupants. Bring in a poison garden (LOVE) and incorporate this into something more. While each of these added to the creepiness factor, the overall sense of something awry felt a little bit stilted and I found myself at the end of the book…. not surprised and left with the need to know what happens after the main “twist” was laid down.

    Please don’t take any of the above as I didn’t enjoy the story. I very much did enjoy it- I absolutely adore Ware’s writing style and the ease in which she tucks you in to her world. I think it’s a bit reminiscent of her last book with touches of The Turn of the Screw feels. I think I just needed a tighter ending after all the build.
    3.5 stars
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  2. KC

    Ruth Ware is hit or miss for me. Too be honest most of them are misses, but this is my all time favorite book from her! I also might think it’s the only Ruth Ware that I’ve given 5 stars. Very enjoyable and I hope she can come up with another unique book like this one!

  3. Gillian

    When Rowan bags the perfect live-in nanny job with an extremely generous salary she feels like she has landed on her feet. Leaving her nursery job behind her and starting a new life with a glamorous young family in the Scottish Highlands, she is undeterred by chatter of nannies gone before and their departures as a result of ghostly happenings. Before long Rowan’s own nightmare unfolds which sees her languishing in a jail cell awaiting trial for a murder that she swears she did not commit. If she herself is not guilty, then who on earth is?

    Initially a slow start for me, the first 30 or so pages frame the story through the form of Rowan’s letters from her jail cell to a solicitor advocate she hopes to engage into representing her at trial. The backstory contained within this correspondence is intentionally vague, such that it is clear that whatever has transpired is a national scandal requiring no detailed explanation. The hook comes as narrative style takes a turn from the letter format into a chronological first person reminiscence, the unfolding of events from beginning to end without interruption inviting the reader to experience Rowan’s reality over the time leading up to her incarceration.

    Rowan’s compelling account intricately weaves a tale of other-worldly happenings on an isolated estate, worsened by the troubling conduct of the family’s younger members and an all-consuming sense that the adults encountered are each keeping their counsel in respect of events that may have manifested in the past with sinister undertones.

    As usual I had a number of working theories as to the source of mischief and disquieting circumstances that presented themselves as the tale progressed but I was left reeling by two unforeseen significant twists that challenged the assumptions that I had hitherto made and radically shifted my understanding of the story’s reality and message. By the time I advanced to the book’s final chapters I simply could not put it down until I’d satisfied myself in knowing the final outcome.

    This gothic thriller is perfect for fans of spook and suspense though maybe not right before bed time!

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    reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

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