The Turn of the Key
When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by ...more
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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 your ears plugged up, you've ...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
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
I have recently read several books where we know what happens, what the “big tell” is at the beginning of the novel. We then work through the past events and how we got to this ending. This ...more
While looking for something else, she comes across an ad for a live in Nanny post in the Scottish Highlands. The salary, the location, all seem too good to be true, but she decides to take a chance and apply for the position. When Rowan Caine begins her job, she had no idea that things would go so horribly wrong or that a child would die, and she would be in prison awaiting trial for murder.
This book is her letter to a potential lawyer. She is writing to him explaining ...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 could ...more
Out of the four Ruth Ware novels I have read (still need to get to The Lying Game), this one is my favorite. While I liked her other books, either my interest would wane a bit and/or I had an idea or two about the ending. With this book, my eyes were practically glued to the pages because I really had no clue where the author was going to go with the story. This was a fun read for me which is all I really wanted when I picked up the book.
A nanny is in prison awaiting trial for murder. S ...more
Rowan Caine’s new dream job as nanny for the seemingly perfect Elincourt family quickly turned into her worst nightmare. Their remote home in the Scottish Highlands called Heatherbrae House was an unusual hybrid of modern “smart” design and spooky Gothic Victorian. Inside its walls, cameras were watching, machines were listening for ...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
A haunted creepy smart home central to the story sounded intriguing but there was nothing creepy about it. It was nothing more than a home wired with Google Home on steroids. The malfunctioning technology didn’t build tension, it just felt like something that would annoy me. Although there are rumors o ...more
The story starts with Rowan, a former babysitter who is now imprisoned, we do not know the details of how she got there but she's writing a letter to an attorney asking for help. In the letter she slowly reveals the events that led her to where she is now.
I love Ruth Ware's books because they have a classic feel to it, the stories have gothic undertones and she reveals pieces of the story in a way that keeps you interested and wanting to kno ...more
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
The Turn of the Key is the new book by Ruth Ware. I’ve read a few books by her and I was excited to get approved for this advanced reader copy.
The Turn of the Key has lots of great things in the plot and writing. The main characters are also well done and different. You suspect everyone is guilty and I love when a book makes me paranoid of everyone.
The book starts with Rowan Caine writing a letter to an ...more
This book is super creepy, it’s a page turner, with so many great twists I couldn’t keep up…. It is my favorite Ruth Ware novel to date.
We have nanny (Rowan) await trial for murder of a child in her care. The story is told through Rowans eyes, in letters scribed to her lawyer of the events leading up to her incarceration.
She tells her story from the beginning how she ca ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
“The Turn of the Key” is the newest novel by Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, to name a few. I found these books moderately entertaining, more middle-of-the-road, not-living-up-to-expectations novels, but “Key” is exactly what I’ve been missing.
When Rowan Caine sees an ad in a newspaper seeking a live-in nanny, she is intrigued. Even though it isn’t what she expected, Rowan is impress ...more
I’d hoped The Turn of the Key would be a return to form for Ruth Ware, especially as I’m a fan of horror, but it’s just another junky novel, the only kind she seems able to produce now.
The t ...more
Rowan Caine lives around London, working as a daycare instructor at Li ...more
What I liked about the book was the aura of the Gothic, something I feel this author excels at. However, that was not enough to save a story that came to an implausible conclusion. I enjoyed the first half of the book, loved the concept of a modern home being resurrec ...more
The title refers to The Turn Of The Screw, the horror novel of Henry James, which has a similar premise.
Our protagonist is Rowan, a nanny who got a job to look after 4 kids in an old manor house taken up by a family and renovated inside with high tech 'Smart House' tools. The story is told from her perspective written in letter form ...more
A Nanny accused of murder...a haunted Scottish home...a cast of suspicious characters...well, bless your heart and take my money!
As the story begins, twenty four year old Rowan Caine is writing to a lawyer that she hopes will overturn the murder sentence of a child in her charge. Through flashbacks, the young nanny explains her arrival at Heatherbrae House and the days leading up to the mu ...more
Rowan travels to isolated northern Scotland to become a nann ...more
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