I had meant to post this review earlier this summer! Way before the publication date (my apologies to Simon & Schuster Canada), but I had some technical difficulties with the only two books that I didn’t receive physical copies of. This one and The Doll Factory. I lost Doll Factory because it was archived by the time I had downloaded it for the fouth time, but that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, I was finally able to download The Turn of the Key to my newly authorized Kobo, and gobbled it up immediately!
The Turn of the Key
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
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 unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, 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, Jack Grant.
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. Which means someone else is.
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I usually enjoy Ruth Ware’s books, with the odd exception, but this one, wow! This one I loved!
I kept hearing how much creepier this book was compared to her others, so with great anticipation, I settled in knowing full well that this was going to be a one-sit read! Well, I had a feeling I was going to like it but I had no idea I would love it as much as I did!
Right from the beginning, starting with the desperate letter to the lawyer, I was hooked! Already this story had an unfortunate ending and I had barely started! Don’t you just love when a book starts in a surprising way? Anyway, as I mentioned, I was hooked from the start, completely captivated by Rowan’s terrifying story, and eager for more.
There are so many twists and red herrings, which one expects from this genre, but these ones actually tripped me up! I honestly wasn’t expecting half of what happened at the end! That right there is a good mystery. Additionally, the characters were interesting, the plot was riveting, and there were many times I thought, maybe I should put another light on or two,
The Turn of the Key is an intense, eerie, and enthralling story, one that I will be recommending to everyone looking for a great book, regardless of the genre! Well done Ruth Ware!
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*Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and the author for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review