Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

August 6, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★★

I’m the first to admit that I’m hit and miss with Ruth Ware’s books. I’ve loved some, been indifferent to others, but something about this one lured me in. And I’m happy to report that The Turn of the Key was a HIT all the way for me.

Thanks to Random House UK for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth WareThe Turn of The Key by Ruth Ware
Published by Random House UK Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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When she stumbles across the advert, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan 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 her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she's made mistakes. But, she maintains, she's not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

!@#$ CRIME Page-Turner suspense

First Line:

“Dear Mr Wrexham,

I know you don’t know me but please, please, please you have to help me.”

My thoughts on The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I absolutely loved this, and in my opinion it’s Ruth Ware’s best book to date. It takes the format of a Nanny, who is accused of murdering one of her charges, writing to a solicitor and pleading her innocence.

The relationships between her and the children are realistic and entertaining. The Victorian house is like another character in the book. A smart home run by apps and kitted our with all the latest technology and sinister as hell. And then the ghostly occurrences start to happen.

My heart beat like a drum reading this, as I knew it was leading up to the death of one of the kids. And the scary events did nothing to ease up the tension. Best of all I didn’t predict the ending. Actually being honest, it floored me. In a great way.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars

Final Thought

Great read. Highly recommended.

Who should read The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware?

I’d recommend this to you if you enjoy highly charged atmospheres, unsettling family dynamics and spooky settings. Fans of Ruth Ware’s previous books should also enjoy, as would fans of Lucy Dawson or Lisa Jewell.


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