The Turn of the Key

Thank you to Gallery Books/Scout Press for gifting me an advanced readers edition of Ruth Ware’s newest novel, The Turn of the Key

“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 unraveling 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.”

I have been a fan of Ruth Ware since I read In a Dark, Dark Wood. Then I read The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game and (until recently), The Death of Mrs. Westaway was my favorite book of Wares. But, that has changed. I was completely blown away by The Turn of the Key; I started reading this book on July 15th and finished reading 6 hours later. I could NOT put it down because I wanted, no I needed, to know what happened in Heatherbrae house. 

This book gave me the creepy crawly chills that I try to avoid because it makes my heart rate go up. It was everything that I hoped it would be and then some. This storyline was flawlessly executed and cemented Ruth Ware into her spot as one of my favorite authors. 

This book was a dark, creepy and yet fun read that I will be recommending to anyone who is looking for a new suspense story to read this year. I can’t wait to see what Ruth Ware comes out with next but until then, I’ll be thinking back to Rowan Caine and her time in Heatherbrae house. 

I extend my sincere thanks to Gallery Books/Scout Press for gifting me this book. The Turn of the Key will be published on August 6, 2019; go pre-order this book now!

One response to “The Turn of the Key”

  1. I think this must be my BOTM Club pick even though I am usually a chicken regarding suspense stories! For you to have read in 6 hours is a testament to what a great book this must be.


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