Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Book: The turn of the Key

Author: Ruth Ware

Pages: 336

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 8/10

Who should read this book: mild thriller fans, ghost story lovers, ruth ware fans

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This was my third Ruth Ware book and I really enjoyed it. It was not my favourite, I think Dark, Dark Wood still holds that title. The Turn of the Key starts with the narrator Rowan Caine telling us she’s in prison for murdering a child, but she didn’t do it. She is writing to a new lawyer to try and convince him that she is innocent and the real killer is still out there. Rowan applied for a nannying position at a fancy smart home in the Scottish Highlands. She got the job and moved in, and then almost immediately was left with the three girls. The home was all smart technology and she was having trouble learning the system, especially since it was seemingly malfunctioning. The story has a lot of mysterious stuff like a poison garden, and things going missing. Also Rowan’s room has a constant creaking above it, almost like someone is walk around above her head but she’s on the top floor. The book reads a bit like a ghost story, someone or something is clearly messing with her and the kids are a bit bratty.

Hook 1/2 points: This book had a pretty slow start, the narrator is really unsure of herself at first which makes her unreliable and I didn’t like her which also meant, since she was the only one speaking, that I wasn’t super interested in what she had to say. But it gets better.

Writing 2/2 points: I still really enjoy Ware’s writing style, she’s very good at character development and though Rowan had a slow start, by the middle of the book I was rooting for her.

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Plot 1/2 points: The plot starts slowly and there is a lot of confusion at first. But once Rowan gets in her groove as the nanny, this book is very entertaining. Rowan is facing a constant attack from somewhere and she desperately tries to keep herself in control.

Twist 2/2 points: There are two great twists in this book and I did not see either of them coming. So full points.

Feel 2/2 points: I was a little bit bored at the beginning but by the end I was racing through this one to find out what happened. I almost cried a little at the end!

Overall I really enjoyed this thriller and will definitely be reading the rest of her books.

Happy reading!

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