The Turn of the Key
I hate that this ending is so ambiguous. If I had known it would end like this I wouldn't have read it tbh.(less) (hide spoiler)]
"Dear Mr. Wrexham,
You have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess, but I've realized there is no magic formula here. There is no way I can make you listen to my case. So I'm just going to have to do my best to set things out. However long it takes, however much I mess this up, I'm just going to keep going and tell the truth."
And so begins our tale. I'm sure that, unless you've been walking around with your eyes closed and you ...more
FOUR: okay, I loved it, it freaked me out, gave me enough chills, my all nails are shorter, oh, wait a second, I don’t have nails anymore and my arms are covered with stress bites, my hair is in the air, you made a great job, Ruth Ware, I wanted to clap but my hands are still shaking, stars!!!
Let’s take a look: what we have on the menu:
-A naïve nanny who has little secrets is now in the jail, waiting for her murder trial.
-Creepy Victorian haunted house: A big, creepy ...more
I am telling you the truth. The unvarnished, ugly truth. And it is all that. It is unpolished and unpleasant, and I don't pretend I acted like an angel. But I didn't kill anyone. I just fucking didn't.
This wasn't bad, but it was nowhere near as good as I was expecting from an author like Ruth Ware.
The protagonist, Rowan Caine, stumbles upon an opportunity that she considers amazing and I would consider an absolute nightmare-- a live-in nanny to four children, including one baby and one brat ...more
New nanny working for a family living in a remote house in Scotland. Past nannies leaving after the house seems haunted with its dark history and secrets... you get it.
It was interesting, even a bit unique since the main character wasn't likeable and that the format is through letters she's writing to a lawyer from prison since she's accused of murdering one of the child in her c ...more
When Rowan, a young nanny who lives in London, comes across for an ad seeking a nanny to live in a remote area of Scotland, it sounds too good to be true. The pay is high, the house is beautiful, and the family seems lovely. She is warned that previous nannies have quit due to the house being haunted. Rowan doesn’t believe in ghosts, so she pays no heed to the warning. She is hired for the position and packs ...more
Four nannies in a year, umm okay people that should be a sign that there are some real problems at the Heatherbrae House. Granted the house has an ...more
There is an old house located in a remote area in the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands. Rowan becomes a nanny for a family of three children in this creepy estate. The house has a ...more
THE TURN OF THE KEY by RUTH WARE is a compelling, dark, twisted, and haunting mystery thriller that immediately sucked me in and had me totally absorbed within this tale.
Right from the very start there is this intense sense of foreboding that definitely makes this quite the gripping book to read.....it is a slow-burn and the intensity level slowly increases as the story progresses. I absolutely loved the creepy modern gothic vibe going on here and RUTH WARE defi ...more
Not only is this my new FAVORITE Ruth Ware book, this is also one of my favorite BOOKS OF 2019!!!
As typically happens with me...
I fail to write reviews for the books I love the most. It's a really odd thing I do.
Perhaps some day I will read this again and maybe write a review then. Who knows. It's anyone's guess at this point. Just know, I loved this, highly recommend!
Ware is back on track in this tense tale of suspense!!
I have loved Ruth Ware since I read ‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’, yet, I really struggled with her previous book. I didn’t lose my confidence in Ware, however, and eagerly jumped into this, her latest effort, with gusto- and I was not disappointed!!
As the story opens it becomes clear that Rowan Caine, a former nanny, is sitting in prison accused of having killed a child in he ...more
i think the unique formatting is a tremendous asset to the story. told through letters written by rowan to a potential solicitor as she sits in prison, the story is a last minu ...more
The story pulled me in right from the start. Ruth Ware sure knows how to create an atmosphere. I thought the narration was great (except that *creep creeeeep* noise really started to get to me).
The storyline was intriguing and there were some great twists that I didn’t see coming (especially ...more
How can a mystery/thriller be this slow and this boring? It’s a thriller: give me action. Suspense. And some character development instead.
I happily spoiled myself for the ending. I still didn’t care. I just didn’t care. 😑😑
No wasting time on stories this year that don’t have me invested by the time I’m almost halfway through it.
I’m so annoyed that this was such a flop.
Suspense - check
interesting characters - check
had no idea who (or what) was behind it all - check
unreliable narrator - check
I couldn't read it too late at night - check
ending that had me on the edge of my seat - check
I loved the ending... until it ended.
Here's why in NON SPOILERS but a little more detail than some might want for their thrillers (view spoiler)[ basically, it was a passive, off page reveal with an abrupt end. we ...more
Turn of the Key is an unnerving story told by a murder suspect as she recounts the background and incidents leading to the death of a child while she was its nanny. Rowan Caine is the nanny and she is writing the story in the form of a letter to a solicitor, Mr Wrexham, requesting his services to defend her. Within the story, there are periodic passages where she speaks directly to Mr Wrexham outlining how her story may be considered and continuously stating her innocence, no matter ...more
This was my fourth novel by the author and I had to see how this one would compare.
I've read several "nanny" stories and find myself drawn to the whole idea of having someone live in your home and act as a child minder. Rowan gets this "dream" nanny job and finds out that the last several nannies didn't work out.
The house was probably my favorite aspect of the story. It was renovated to be a "smart" home and the owners c ...more
When childcare worker, Rowan Caine, stumbled across the advert she couldn't believe her luck. It's the opportunity she'd been waiting for.
But mere months later she’s sitting on remand in a Scottish prison, accused of killing one of the children in her charge. Furiously scribbling letters to a top advocate (barrister under British law), she pleads with him to take her case.
‘”I didn't kill that child. Which means someone else did. And t ...more
The book is a psychological thriller infused with Gothic and Victorian elements. The story is unfolded in the form of letters written by Rowan Caine while she is in prison and addressed to a potential solicitor, narrating the events that led to her incarceration. Rowan is accused of murdering a child she was looking after and is resolved on unraveling her unspeakable truth that will set her free.
Find her on twitter at www.twitter.com/ruthwarew ...more