Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

“The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware

When Rowan is hired as the Elincourt’s new live-in nanny at the Heatherbrae House, she begins caring round the clock for a baby, two young children, and a teenager. Everything seems absolutely perfect at first: a technologically-advanced smart home, a generous salary, a luxury car to drive the children to and from school, and a beautiful, loving family to look after. But as we all know, nothing is ever as it seems.

It isn’t until her first night in her new room that she hears creaks from above (although her bedroom happens to be on the top floor of the house), begins losing sleep, and has trouble deciphering the differences between fantasy and reality. Over the course of Rowan’s time at Heatherbrae, the lights are switched on and off, music blares over the house-wide speaker system, and other software malfunctions begin to haunt her in the middle of the night. With a lack of sleep, answers, and patience for the children, Rowan is determined to find the underlying cause of the hauntings at Heatherbrae and who or what is behind the taunting behavior.

Written in a letter-format to her lawyer from prison, Rowan gets into the details of what really happened and her real motives for accepting the position….and neither are what you might suspect.

“The Turn of the Key” was the first Ruth Ware thriller I have read, and although I had no idea what to expect, she did not disappoint.

I do most of my reading at night, so it wasn’t unusual for me to be reading this as I laid in bed. However, this was the first book I’ve ever read that gave me chills and actually scared me. Her words had me looking into the shadows of the night and pause to make sure I didn’t hear any creaky footsteps of my own. Each of Ware’s twists were unpredictable (although I thought I was catching on…she had me fooled).

Read this if you are looking for a book that will keep you hooked through and through, but I do not recommend this if you spook easily.



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