The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Canada
About the Book:
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder. Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant. It was everything. She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
If you are looking for a really good, suspenseful story, this is it. I was hooked from the beginning and basically stayed with it until I had finished it. There are lots of twists and turns in this story with an ending that I did not imagine.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It's always a fun time when you have no clue what is going on until the end when the author spells it out for you. I personally loved the direction the author ended up going and using the format she did, letter writing to an attorney.
I don't want to give too much away because this book was completely unpredictable for me, which is a rare feat these days. I want everyone going into this story to have the same incredible reading experience I did. Just know, it comes highly recommended by me and plenty of other avid readers. This one is worth your time if you're looking for those old school thriller feels that don't come around too often these days. It was an easy read too and I admired its simplicity.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy Gothic books or horror movies. Or if you like a fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing.
Thank you NetGalley, Ruth Ware and Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.