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THE TURN OF THE KEY – Ruth Ware
You can see my thoughts on her other release, THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY here
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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.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Not only am I huge fan of Ruth Ware, but coming off a DNF this was just what I needed. I can always count on Ware to give us an incredibly atmospheric read with memorable characters that are flawed in ways that make them easy to connect with. THE TURN OF THE KEY was written in a unique format in that it was entirely in letter form from our main character’s perspective.
A nanny in jail for the murder of a child that was in her care, but she claims she is innocent. This book tells her story in her own words as she sends letters to her lawyer. She starts from the beginning, the ad that was so tempting she had to answer it. A family looking for a live-in nanny, an incredibly generous salary, a picture perfect family, and all the conveniences that come with a “smart home”. We all know, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Rowan brings us through her experiences being the nanny and how everything she thought was perfect at her interview became a nightmare. The most unsettling part? If she’s innocent, then the murderer is still out there.
The detail in the characters and her surroundings was perfect – not too much to feel like it was dragging and she doesn’t leave us wanting more clarification. Despite Rowan being our sole narrator, we still get solid character development on Jack and Jean through her stories. Hell, the house even becomes a character of its own. A solid pacing to keep you sucked in, and you couldn’t help but feel uneasy about the little to no privacy Rowan was experiencing in this smart house. There some twists throughout that I didn’t see coming and I think things came together nicely in the end.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the gothic suspense then this is one I highly recommend. I would have to agree with other reviewers out there, I think this is Ware’s best one yet!