Title: The Turn of the Key
Author: Ruth Ware
Published: 6 August 2019
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Psychological thriller
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.
The concept of delivering the story in the format of letters was one thing that captured me when I started the book. It build up the suspense of the book for me which I truly enjoyed. I think this concept worked perfectly for the author’s writing style which is lyrical and amazing.
Ruth Ware presents a modern version of the famous “haunted house” story. She eliminates the use of creaky doors and blowing out of candles, and replaces this with the malfunctioning of technologies used to operate the house. This was the interesting twist for me and I liked the way it was executed.
In terms of the characters, I was actually invested in them (not all of them) and I wanted to know more about them. How different they are actually added towards the mystery and the story overall.
The story has a lot of intriguing elements which builds towards the mystery. I liked how the author kept my suspense throughout the book. The ending was a good way to end the story. I was expecting some of the characters story-line to play a major role in the conclusion but it wasn’t the case at all. But overall the ending was perfect for the story. I’d highly recommend it if you like mystery-thrillers. As for me I’d definitely read another Ruth Ware book soon.
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Sa for sending me a review copy.
I’d like to know your thoughts if you’ve read the book? Are you going to add it to your tbr?
Until next time.