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Published : August 2019
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Rowan is in prison for the death of a child in her care. Only she claims she didn’t do it.
The Turn of the Key is one big letter to a solicitor, begging him to help her claim her innocence, and telling him her description of the events up to the unfortunate tragedy.
It all started when she got the job of her dreams. A residential nannying job in the Scottish countryside, in a huge gorgeous Victorian smart house named the Heatherbrae house (complete with automated curtains and lights, a personalized shower, a smart fridge, cameras, I could go on really.).
Only, the kids aren’t as perfect as they had seemed on her first meeting, and she’s suddenly left alone with them on her second day.
Juggling a toddler, a shy 5 year old, and a hostile 8 year old, along with the huge empty house, and the mysterious knocks and creaks coming from above Rowans bedroom, she is starting to think twice about this too-good-to-be-true opportunity.
Maybe all the other nannies ran out for a good reason? Maybe the superstitions and ghost stories are true?
Ruth Ware does a pretty good slow burn, if you ask me. The beginning is slow, descriptive, and atmospheric. It was very well done, to the point where, when the creepy happenings in the book started, It affected me that much more.
Rowan is an interesting character. She is very honest in her writing to the solicitor. She talks about how even though she wasn’t a saint in the time at the Heathbrae house, (almost slapping a child, getting angry and swearing) she did care for the children. I think that human aspect made Rowan that much more relatable, and enjoyable to read.
The kids are, well, kids. Struggling kids. Though, yes, even though they’re children, they’re awful. Poor Rowan.
The house itself is creepy as all hell. Cameras in every room, automated lights, and curtains, and a fridge. Rowan struggles to adapt to all these things.
Now, The plot. There is a lot going on with this book. There’s the kids, there’s the house, there’s the handyman Jack, there’s the parents Sandra and Bill and their issues, there’s Rowan of course and her struggles. It all comes together with a neat little bow, but I’d be lying if I said at one point towards the end of the book I wasn’t overwhelmed.
All in all, this was a pretty creepy, exciting, on the edge of my seat read. The twists and ending really did affect me, and it’s been a while since a thriller did that, so I can honestly say I really did enjoy this one.
The only thing is I struggled to decide on a rating, because if it wasn’t for the twist and the ending, this would be a bit of a stereotypical creepy house thriller.
In the end though, I would recommend Turn of the Key if you’re into thrillers with a good slow burn, and a spooky ambiance.
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