The Boy at the Keyhole – Stephen Giles

Anyone else enjoying their lazy Labor Day Weekend? I certainly am! We have friends staying with us and we definitely had a very late night/early morning. So I’ve been slacking on posting!

Thanks to Hanover Square Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE BOY AT THE KEYHOLE – Stephen Giles (Releasing September, 4th, 2018)

Check back for the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one 🙂


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

THE BOY AT THE KEYHOLE has a Gothic vibe and a growing sense of dread as the story progresses. It was a little slow in the beginning for me, so it’s good to know right away that this isn’t a twisty thriller. This is a slower burn suspense novel, but once that suspense amps up you won’t be able to stop flipping the pages.

Samuel Clay is a nine year old boy living with his full time housekeeper turned nanny. His mother is away in America to try and settle with bankers and get more money for the family after Samuel’s father passed away. Ruth, the housekeeper, runs a strict household and keeps Samuel in line. With his mother being gone for over 100 days he begins to suspect that something isn’t right.

His friend Joseph tells him a story of a nanny in Germany that had killed the family she worked for and continued to live in their home for months after. She claimed that the family had to suddenly leave to America and left in the middle of the night – just like Samuel’s mother did. Samuel begins to let his mind run wild and is convinced that Ruth killed his mother and hid her in the cellar.

As the story picks up in the second half, we can’t be sure who to trust. Is Samuel right? Is his mind playing tricks on him? It was very different having the potentially unreliable narrator be that of a child – this is told entirely from Samuel’s perspective. There will be chapters where you’re convinced it’s Ruth, and then others where you doubt Samuel’s sanity and judgement.

The ending surprised me and left me wanting more answers! What happened? What’s going to happen? I know not many people like these types of endings – where they aren’t tied together perfectly – but I love them. This was a solid suspense novel and I can’t wait to see what Giles comes out with next!


Do you like these types of endings? I wouldn’t call it an ambiguous ending, but one that leaves you asking questions.


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